The famous Remain Voice Choir from Yorkshire for Europe recently made its 3rd trip to Parliament to show support for Steve Bray and Stand of Defiance European Movement (SODEM).
The long journey gave us plenty of time to practice our singing with, one or two notable exceptions apart, more enthusiasm than actual skill.
On arrival in London Steve Bray and a film cameraman were there to lead us in past College Green to Parliament Square and accompanied by our tuba player to give that authentic brass band sound and with our white rose and EU flags flying proudly we made our shambolic entrance to cheers from the waiting crowd.
During the visit we enjoyed conversations with Baron Wallace of Saltaire, Lord Newby and Baroness Harris of Richmond (who joined in the singing with great gusto!) and also John Grogan MP for Keighley.
Steve Brays “shout” at 6pm was another highlight and we enthusiastically joined him to tell Parliament to “Stoooooooooooop Brexit”
Our white rose flags and singing attracted a lot of attention throughout the day and we were filmed by ITN, Sky News, Al Jazeera, ARD German TV, Chinese TV, Ugandan TV, by an Irish TV freelance, broadcast on Radio Five live… and, of course, we featured on Channel 4 News.
After doing our best to drown out the Channel 4 news we piled into the coach for the long trip home to Yorkshire happy that we had done what we could to raise the profile of the Remain vote in Yorkshire.
It’s crunch time. On Monday MP’s will be asked to take probably the most important decision since the Second World War – and what they decide will have implications for our country and our society for generations.
The momentum behind the campaign to put the Government’s deal – or any deal – back to the people has never been greater. A million people marched on Saturday, the petition to Revoke Article 50 is nudging the six million mark and opinion polls are now consistently showing a majority in favour of Remain.
But this could still go either way and it’s vital that we get a big show outside Parliament on Monday!
Please come and join your Yorkshire colleagues and support the SODEM protesters and help us to put on a show that MP’s and the world’s media cannot ignore!
Yorkshire for Europe, representing all 12 of the region’s pro-EU groups is organising a fourth rally by Yorkshire groups – for which we’ll be bringing our Yorkshire flags and singing songs from the Yorkshire Remain Voice choir’s popular repertoire. This time it’s more important than ever!
We appreciate Monday is a day when many people are working … but please come and join if you can. It should be fun – and it couldn’t be more important.
NB These are approximate. Please check nearer the time as departure times may change.
8.30am Leeming Bar Rest Area A1 (M) J51 near Bedale DL8 1DT
Free parking in MacDonalds car park (NB It was suggested on Saturday that people parking in McDonalds car park needed to pay to park. Apparently this is not correct. If we find out that there’s a problem, we will switch to Leeming village)
9:00am Boroughbridge High School Bus stop YO51 9JX
From A1(M) J48, go towards town, past Morrisons turn on left and it’s next to the school on the right. You should be able to park in a side street close to the pick up point or in the Morrisons car park five minutes away
9:20am Wetherby Services off the A1 (M)
The coach will pull up at the end of the car park closest to the service station, away from from entrance to retail area. We understand parking for the day is £15. We may be able to advise on alternative parking arrangements.
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Meanwhile, the constituencies of Skipton & Ripon(9, 030 signatures/ 9% of constituents) and Thirsk & Malton (7, 271 signatures/ 7.2%) have turned a darker shade of orange on the Petition map – while in Harrogate & Knaresborough is shaded an even deeper orange (10, 887 signatures)
Good to know that the Remain movement is getting stronger here in North Yorkshire!
Brexit revolt as more than a million take to streets in London
What an amazing day! More than a million people from every corner of the nation joined the big Put it to the People march on Saturday. It was one of the biggest gatherings London has seen since VE day – so big that many never got anywhere near Parliament Square to hear the speeches. But it didn’t matter because every one who went left feeling elated – and with a sense that the momentum behind Remain movement is becoming unstoppable.
A record 19 coachloads of supporters – including three from North Yorkshire – set off down the M1. Many more traveled independently. Read the story in the Yorkshire Post
People from all backgrounds, races, nationalities – adults and children, able bodied and disabled – joined together in common purpose: To stop our despotic Prime Minister trying to drag us out of the EU.
There were clusters of white rose flags almost everywhere (we lost count of the number of people who asked, “what’s the flag with the flower?!”)
The march came as the online petition to Revoke Article 50 became the biggest ever seen on the Government’s website (see below). Meanwhileopinion polls suggest the public mood has changed and people generally are going off the whole idea of Brexit.
No longer can the Prime Minister claim it’s the will of the people.
Our second coach to the big march filling up fast!
We’re delighted to report there’s been a big surge in interest for the big “Put it to the People” march in London this Saturday, with no less than 17 coaches already booked from Yorkshire – including one from Huddersfield paid for by Sir Patrick Stewart.
NYfE supporters joined colleagues from other pro EU groups across Yorkshire last Wednesday (13th February) for our first foray outside Parliament – and we immediately made an impact.
– Our press release prompted widespread publicity including this story in the Bradford T& A – Our letter from the newly formed Yorkshire for Europe, an alliance of 10 pro EU groups now active in Yorkshire & the Humber, was hand delivered to all 54 MPs with constituencies in our region – We were met by Mary Creagh, Labour MP for Wakefield, and two other sympathetic Labour MPs from our region – The handover was broadcast on BBC Look North – Our colleagues Martin Brooks (York for Europe ) and Frederika Roberts (Best for Doncaster) secured face-to-face meetings with their respective MPs Julian Sturdy (Con, Outer York) and Caroline Flint (Lab, Don Valley) – We joined more than hundred colleagues from SODEM (Stand of Defiance European Movement) Women for Europe and drew cheers from people passing by and thumbs up and horn blasts from motorists – We joined SODEM’s inimitable Steve Bray for his “Six o Clock Shout” demanding an end to Brexit at the gates of Parliament.
Polly from SODEM has passed on her heartfelt thanks to NYfE/ Yorkshire for Europe – and has asked to keep coming to help build momentum for more and more groups to join us!
The last few weeks have been something a roller coaster for Remainers. First the PM went down to the worst defeat in modern Parliamentary history when her wretched Brexit deal was overwhelming rejected by MPs. Then she created the illusion of unity in her deeply divided party by getting approval for a fanciful motion involving the reopening of the deal guaranteeing a frictionless borders in Ireland (something that, quite rightly, the EU were never going to agree to).
Worryingly, a small group of Labour MPs voted to help defeat sensible amendments that would have allowed Parliament to take control and stop a cliff-edge No Deal.
All of which confirms that despite the achievements of the People’s Vote campaign in getting a second referendum on to the mainstream news agenda, this battle is far from won.
We should take heart from comments from Anna Soubry that many Tory MPs privately agree with her and would support a second referendum once all other options are off the table. Similar sentiments were expressed by Lord Newby, Lib Dem Leader in the House of Lords, who told an audience in Ripon on Friday that many MPs are keeping their heads below the parapet – but that they ARE very much open to influence from us!
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That’s why it’s vital that people keep on writing letters and emails to their MPs.
Meanwhile, we’re asking those who can to join us on our special coach to Westminster – so MPs cannot ignore our voice. Details of our trips will be publicised on our blog or by newsletter. If you don’t receive our newsletter you can subscribe here.
Overwhelming support for People’s Vote at Harrogate public debate
Nearly 170 people came to NYfE’s public debate on Brexit in Harrogate last month – and they made their views clear: We believe the EU is a force for good and we don’t want Brexit!
As reported in the Harrogate Advertiser, snap votes called at the end of the debate, held at the Wesley Centre, showed strong opposition to the PM’s Brexit deal or No Deal – and overwhelming support for a People’s Vote.
THE PANEL L-R Judith Rogerson, Ian Greenberg, Linda McAvan (at lecturn), Prof Colin Adams, John Watson, Andy Brown
Speakers Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber; Judith Rogerson, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Harrogate & Knaresborough and Andy Brown, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Skipton & Ripon all made strong arguments for the many benefits of EU membership. All warned that any form of Brexit would have disastrous consequences for our economy, create further prolonged division and uncertainty – while depriving young people of their rights and freedoms.
However, some of the strongest contributions for the debate, chaired by Prof John Adams, were form members of the audience. They spoke passionately about what EU membership meant for them personally. One spoke movingly about the kindness and love shown to his dying parents by Eastern European carers – who were now being told they were no longer welcome here. Others spoke of the original aims behind the EU to prevent conflict between nations and its success in promoting peace, democracy, and human rights.
Judith Rogerson speaking at the debate
Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones was notable by his absence. He declined an invitation to attend made in December, saying he had another engagement and that it wasn’t his policy to speak at paid for events. NYfE then handed in a petition signed by 450 constituents urging him to reconsider – and offering to make it a free event if he changed his mind – to no avail. When we approached local Conservative Association asking if they could find another speaker, they declined saying that debating Brexit now was “neither helpful (n)or necessary.”
However we are grateful to John Watson, former Conservative MP for Skipton & Ripon, for accepting our request to participate as a speaker. He said although he had voted Remain, the most sensible way of healing divisions and respecting the 2016 referendum would be to support the PM and get the best deal we could on future trading relations.
The fifth speaker was Ian Greenberg, UKIP’s Leeds branch chairman. He argued that the EU was a failing institution and that if the UK cut its ties it faced a bright future. However, he was booed and heckled when he compared the EU to Nazi Germany.
At the end of the debate NYfE chair Richard Sadler announced profits from ticket sales had raised a total of £526 for the Harrogate Homeless Project.