With the Conservative Party seemingly posed to choose arch-Brexiter Boris Johnson to be our new Prime Minister, we now need to make our opposition louder and clearer than ever before. We have to stop Brexit before it is too late.
The March for Change is calling for a change of course for our country. We want to put Brexit behind us. We want to reunite with Europe. We want to fix Britain.
For information about the March for Change, click here
(There are no plans for coaches from Harrogate for this event)
People’s Vote March, London – October 12th 2019
Message from the People’s Vote team: This summer, the British people have the chance to force our way back into the final decision on Brexit. We are going on the offensive, with rallies in 15 towns and cities across the country, culminating with an enormous, historic march in London on October 12. Because it is now clear that this is a crisis that cannot be settled by a new prime minister or a deadlocked parliament. It can only be settled by us, the people.
Save the dates. And let’s save the country. Click here for more information
Getting ready to make our voices heard in Brussels!
Plans are coming together for our big trip to the European Parliament in Brussels.
All 52 tickets for the coach/ ferry have sold out – and others are making their way independently*
We’re being met by our three newly-elected Remain MEPs: Richard Corbett (Lab), Shaffaq Mohammed (Lib Dem) and Magid Magid (Greens)
We’re being joined by EU Supergirl Madeleina Kay and supporters from Angels for Europe, Grassroots for Europe and Women for Europe, the Brussels Light Opera Company and Brussels-based pro EU groups
EU Supergirl Madeliena Kay
*Tickets have sold out – but if you want to be added to our waiting list in case of cancellations, please email. Alternatively, you could of course travel under your own steam and join us in Brussels! please email for more details
The European Elections on 23 May were not expected to be fought here in the UK. For some this is a matter of deep disappointment and a failure of political leadership. Others are delighted and see it is a the first step towards a second referendum and the opportunity to stay in the EU.
Everyone is welcome – whatever your viewpoint
Whatever your point of view you are welcome to attend to hear what the parties have to say. There will also be an opportunity to get your voice heard.
Political parties from across the spectrum
We have invited both Remain and Leave parties to the event to ensure balance. This includes The Green Party, Liberal-Democrats, Change UK, the Yorkshire Party, Labour, Conservative, UKIP and the Brexit Party.
Eminent local Chair
The hustings will be chaired by Professor John C Adams MBE who so successfully chaired a similar cross party meeting in January. Professor Adams is the Vice President of the National Governance Association, Founder of the National Teaching Awards and Treasurer of Humanists UK. He was a Board member of the General Teaching Council, has given evidence to several Select Committees of the House of Commons and was awarded an MBE for services to education in 2013. He lives in Harrogate.
Book your ticket for the EU Election Hustings here: Booking Page
Want to volunteer with leafleting? Please email us
Here’s some advice we’ve put on the back of the leaflet (which applies equally to our supporters!)
Are you able to give up an hour or two to help hand out leaflets in your area? If so please email us
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!
Boris Johnson has confirmed that his Government will shut down Parliament today, Monday, 9 September. This move has caused outrage amongst opposition parties and the general public, with thousands of people protesting in towns and cities across the country when this plan was first announced.
There is a lack of support from many within his own party, with resignations increasing day by day. Amber Rudd MP is the latest cabinet minister to resign, claiming that she no longer believes that the Prime Minister is serious about getting a deal, citing no evidence of real negotiations taking place. She closely follows the Prime Minister’s brother, Joe Johnson MP, who resigned saying that he had to put the National Interest above family loyalty.
These are not the only prominent Conservatives appalled at Boris Johnson’s actions. Former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, said:
“I cannot imagine Mr Disraeli, Mr Gladstone, Mr Churchill or Mrs Thatcher even in their most difficult moments saying let us put parliament aside while I carry through this difficult policy that a part of my party disagrees with.”
Meanwhile, Lord Heseltine has come out with a statement condemning the current Prime Ministers actions.
“The government’s decision to suspend parliament in order to force through a No Deal Brexit is a constitutional outrage. A government which is frightened of parliament is frightened of democracy. I hope that every member of parliament in feeling this humiliation will use every legal and constitutional weapon to obstruct a government proposing to force on the British people a historic change for which they have long since lost any mandate.
“To abandon parliamentary scrutiny is a constitutional affront. My party, the one I have worked for all my life, told the British people about the new role that Britain could play in the world. Britain has helped to change Europe from Fascist and Communist dictatorships to Parliamentary democracies. And now I am told by the leader and the cabinet of that same party that we were all wrong – that we now must become some subordinate vassal state to the United States.
“This is outside anything I could ever have believed that the Conservative party would propose, and I hope that large numbers of Conservatives, as well as friends from other political traditions, will join together to resist it.”
After years of campaigning and internal pressure, Remain supporting members of the Labour party won a huge victory today with Jeremy Corbyn finally going on record to declare that Labour now demands a confirmatory vote on any deal or no-deal option, and that Labour would campaign to Remain.
Tom Watson, deputy leader of the Labour party said “Our members have been telling us for some time now that they want us to be a Remain party and that they want us to put the new deal to the people,”
“We’re now going to campaign for that and I’m very proud that the shadow cabinet have now listened to their concerns.”
Miriam Mirwitch, chair of Young Labour, welcomed the move, adding: “This vital shift shows that Labour is a party centred around democracy that has listened to what it’s members have wanted for some time: a People’s Vote in which Labour campaigns to Remain.”
The move is indeed a great victory for those within the Labour party that have worked so hard to keep opinion moving and whose work at the last Labour Conference and in Labour branches and CLP’s up and down the country has finally paid off. Groups such as Another Europe is Possible, Remain Labour, LabourSay, Open Labour and Labour for a Public Vote, amongst many others, can rightly be proud of what they have achieved today.
Whilst some might say that there is still some ambiguity in Labours stance, especially concerning a general election and what a future manifesto position might be, it is unarguable that the current position is that Labour backs a public vote on any deal in all circumstances. There is a slight possibility that IF a general election is called, and IF Labour win, that they may decide to try and renegotiate a deal, and IF they succeed, may call a vote on that Labour deal.
But regardless, a vote there will be, and, my friends, looking back to where we were just four months ago, I am happy with that. And, after the next three months of Labour members campaigning for a public vote and arguing the case for Remain – what odds that the Labour leadership can change tack once again and look towards a possible Lexit, without destroying any hopes of a GE win in the process? Slender, I think, and remote.
Today, Labour backs Remain, and we are that much closer to preventing the disaster that Brexit entails. Today, hope is winning.
With the Tories still squabbling – and little chance of getting a deal or no deal through Parliament – either a General Election or People’s Vote this autumn is becoming ever more likely.
Which is why North Yorkshire for Europe plan to sharpen our appeal so we can mobilise Remain voters – and persuade floating voters that we’d all be better off staying in the EU!
One of our most visible and engaging campaign tactics are use of street stalls. We’re now regularly staging stalls in different parts of our vast region – and we aim to make all our stalls look smarter and more professional.
So today we’re appealing to all our supporters to contribute to our fighting fund.
Our target is £5,000. We plan to use the money raised to:
Buy new banners, tables, flags and merchandise – enough for three or more simultaneous street stallsStage public meetings and hustings
Boost our Social Media presence
Continue expanding our network across the region
Organise more rallies outside Parliament
One-off donations of any amount would be greatly appreciated.
Alternatively, you may want to consider committing to the price of of a cup of coffee – £2.50 – once a month (or, if you’re feeling generous, the price of a coffee once a week).
The button below allows you to set up regular donations of any amount. If we could generate a small regular income it would be a great help to our campaign planning – we are all volunteers and we are up against a slick, extremely well-funded Leave campaign!
(The Chuffed.org page does not charge us anything but does suggest an additional donation to fund its’ own running costs. Whilst we would urge you to consider donating something as without the platform we could not raise funds, we also want to highlight that this additional donation is completely voluntary and the amount can be changed to a lesser amount or to zero if you wish.)
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.