Thank EU for Being Here!

Our ‘Thank EU for Being Here’ party for EU27 citizens on January 31st was a roaring success.

On a sad day for our country our supporters refused to be despondent – and more than 130 of us packed into the historic St Wilfrid’s parish Hall in Harrogate – including around 40 EU27 nationals with citizens from Poland, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Luxembourg and numerous other countries.

Entertainment was laid on by Arnold and the Raisers blues & folk band and by Arnold (again!) and the Reunion Chorus (the new name for the Yorkshire Remain Voice Choir). A vegan buffet was provided by the award-winning Mango Indian restaurant,  as well as stone-baked pizzas from a local Italian restaurant. There were speeches by European Movement vice-chair Richard Wilson,  Andy Dennis (an NHS nurse who volunteers with Medicins Sans Frontieres), and Richard Sadler, of North Yorkshire for Europe.

At 11pm , when the UK formally left the EU after 47 years, a minute’s silence was held followed by a mass rendition of Ode to Joy, the European anthem.

There were tears of sorrow but there was also optimism and very strong sense of kinship between so many like-minded people determined not to be downtrodden.

The event was filmed live via satellite link by a crew from ITN News at Ten. Watch News at Ten report from our party here [at 24′ 5″] Participants were also interviewed by Nick Robinson from BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme a film crew from BBC Look North and by BBC Radio York.

Our message: We want to thank our EU27 friends for the huge contribution they’ve made to our country – and we will do everything we can to hold the Government to account for the coming Brexit shambles! 

A big welcome to all our new EU27 friends … and a huge thank you to our supporters whose generous donations made this event possible.

Read more about the party on Margaret’s blog

New Online Newspaper – The Byline Times

New Online Newspaper planned for Yorkshire – to report the news other media won’t 

… And we’re looking for contributors!

Plans are being drawn up for a regional version of  Byline Times an online newspaper for freelance journalists passionate about reporting on issues not covered elsewhere … and Yorkshire has been chosen for the first pilot!

Throughout the Brexit process Byline Times has established a reputation  for unbiased, fact-based journalism. It’s aim is to concentrate on ‘what the papers don’t say’ and investigate the untold stories of modern Britain.

As their website says: 
“We will follow the story wherever it goes, without fear or favour. No PR company, advertiser or press baron can influence the stories we choose. Our integrity will come from our editorial independence.

“… We think many communities and regions are misrepresented in the media because they are under-represented. We hope to give a voice to those not provided a platform elsewhere.”

Our colleagues at South & West Yorkshire for Europe have been in discussions with Peter Jukes, one of the newspaper’s founders and executive editors.Peter and the team are keen to support citizen-led journalism in local communities and would like to pilot this with Byline Yorkshire. They’ll provide the website and technical support, if we write the stories. These might include items such as:

  • Local hospital services being put out to private tender
  • Commentary on the actions of our elected representatives
  • Local business owner struggling post-Brexit
  • Other human interest stories or even random funny videos 
  • Historical or current pride stories about our communities

We’re looking for writers, photographers, researchers and videographers. Input can be as frequent or as infrequent as time allows.  We’re be particularly interested in hearing from journalists from student newspapers. Interested? Contact Louise 

Emergency fundraising appeal launched to stop Boris Johnson

Yorkshire for Europe – an alliance of no less than 18 pro EU groups across the region – has launched an emergency campaign Fighting Fund to stop Boris Johnson.  We desperately need to raise £20,000 over the next three weeks to make as big an impact as we can across Yorkshire & the Humber’s 54 constituencies … and we’re asking YOU to help us reach our target!

We want to build on the success we’ve had with eye-catching campaign initiatives that have already attracted mainstream media attention in Yorkshire, the UK and worldwide. In the few weeks before the next election we want to:

– Ensure we get young people on the electoral roll and that we can help turn out the vote

– Target support to MPs in marginals to prevent Tory gains by highlighting the lies told

– Work with other anti-Brexit groups (like Lions Led by Donkeys) to strengthen our message

– Develop and professionalise our social media campaign

Creating all the events, leaflets, media releases, billboards etc that you would expect for a high profile campaign

We’re on the brink of a momentous decision over our relationship with our European friends and partners. It will have profound implications for future generations: our economy, future peace and prosperity – and our rights and freedoms to live, love and work across Europe.

There are less than six weeks to go before polling day on December 12th – it’s vital that we do what we can to influence the outcome. Please help!

A Little Vote

We had us a little vote, about three years ago

We thought that it would settle things, turned out it wasn’t so…

Now we’ve gotta get used to it, Bojo’s poised to take us out

He says that it’s all settled, we’ve already had our shout.

Now they’re talking shortages, not just wine and beer

Lorries on the motorway, not a million miles from here

I’ll guess we’ll have to get used to it, it’s what we voted for

We were told we’d all get rich, the reality is we’re poor.

There’s a crisis of leadership, this is what I hear;

Brexit’s a disaster, it’s going to cost us dear.

The only question left for us, is what do we do now?

Avert our eyes, cap in hand, how low can you bow?

Now we need our people to stand and do their bit

Against these cheats and liars, it’s not a time to sit.

The coming years are critical, I’m not the only one to say

A curse on all these Leavers, they must never have their day.

By Charlie M – an avowed Remainer

A heartfelt letter from Selby

Dear Brits and fellow world citizens,

Reflecting on the last 3 years, we can only say that as Brits how do we regain our dignity and respect again in the world? How did we get to this place? We need to take a hard look at ourselves and face some hard facts….

We had a recession in 2008 and we had freedom of movement. Did the government invest the 3 billion tax paid by EU citizens into the areas where most of them were living to support and expand the infrastructure in the East and North East and other communities which were ignored and disenfranchised? You know the answer to this…..

On Selby Town Council’s website, it clearly states that they are “proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism and hate crimes have no place in our society.” So how about the inhabitants of Selby lead the way for the rest of our country to stand together with our fellow world citizens who have contributed so much to this country for decades, and demand that the government seriously reforms the Home Office’s monstrous Hostile Environment where families are separated and vulnerable children are left without one or none of their parents and families are split up. Utterly inhumane and shameful! 

Let’s build respect for each other again, save our planet for our children and grandchildren, break down barriers of hatred and dare to be one human race. Let’s respect our habitat which provides us with life, making use of our collective innovative brains to support this beautiful biodiverse earth and each other. Let’s focus on what really matters; we haven’t got long to save ourselves…. 

Bishop of Leeds: PM can’t be trusted

As MPs debated Mr Johnson’s deal to pull the UK out of the EU last Saturday, the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, spoke in the House of Lords on the Brexit deal. He said the UK’s relationship with the EU had been shaped by “gross misrepresentation” — including that wrought by the Prime Minister.

He said: “Trust cannot be commanded, even by a Prime Minister. It has to be earned.” 

He continued: “We have been told lies, and there has been gross misrepresentation, including from the current Prime Minister when he was a journalist in Brussels. Propagated through the media, these lies have been allowed to go on, and have formed the way that we see and understand Europe, ourselves, and our role.”

Brexit: The gift that just keeps taking

The Government’s futile No Deal planning has cost us at least £2bn billion –  £3m per constituency … or £30 for each and every one of us!

Meanwhile  Sajid Javed has confirmed that the special 50p coins commemorating our October 31st departure from the EU  – and inscribed with Orwellian message “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” – are being melted down and scrapped.

Johnson may struggle to get Commons majority he wants – election expert

Leading election expert Sir John Curtice, who correctly predicted the 2016 referendum result, has suggested it may be difficult for  the Conservatives to win an overall majority – and that could spell trouble for Boris Johnson.

“It’s an election that Boris Johnson has to win. If he does not get a majority or something very close to it, he will not be able to stay in government because the Conservatives do not have any friends elsewhere,” he told LBC radio.

“The Labour Party, by contrast, at least has the possibility of doing a deal with the SNP, a deal with the Liberal Democrats, getting support of the Greens and maybe even the DUP not standing in their way.”

Saturday in Harrogate

Another fantastic day at Harrogate street stall with Yorks Remain Voice Choir. Lots of claps and cheers from smiling Remainers and loads of people took our new leaflets plugging Peoples Vote march. We even had group of passing German tourists joining in with choir for German language version of Ode to Joy!

Join Yorkshire for Europe Rally in support of our Parliament!

Yorkshire for Europe have booked a coach to Westminster for next Monday, Oct 7th – to show our unequivocal support for the courageous MPs working for our best interests.

Our unscrupulous,  self-serving PM and his cabal of extreme ideologues are prepared to sacrifice everything for their calamitous No Deal Brexit with no mandate to do so … and Parliament is all that’s standing in their way. After the momentous events of the past week, it’s vital that we show solidarity with our democratically-elected representatives … voted in by 32.3 million people! 

Book coach ticket for Westminster rally

As has been well documented, many MPs – including several from our region – have been threatened with death or violence by fanatical brexiteers. The inflammatory language used by the PM and his friends in the media can only make matters worse.

Yet this has not deterred those MPs working to avert the disaster of a cliff edge Brexit. They are portrayed as the enemies of the people but they are our friends and they deserve our support!  Next Monday, October 7th – a week earlier than originally planned –  supporters from across Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire will be travelling with the famous Yorkshire Remain Voice Choir, which attracted media coverage across the UK and around the world on our last trip several weeks ago.

Come and join us outside Parliament, support our MPs –  and remind the world’s media that Yorkshire does not want a catastrophic No Deal Brexit … or any other sort of Brexit! 

Tickets are just £25 rtn – and we’re picking up in Boroughbridge and Wetherby, as well as West and South Yorkshire. Find out more and book your tickets here

Flying the flag for Yorkshire

Johnson will suspend Parliament

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.”

Labour backs Remain!

Labour supporters at the Peoples Vote March, October 2018

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.”

A Labour bloc on the People’s march, organised by Remain Labour and the LabourSay campaign

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.

Remain Labour activists in Parliament Square

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.

A labour activist marching in London

Gearing up for an Autumn election or Peoples Vote

NYFE Supporters at a recent Street Stall in Ripon

Appeal launched to help us sharpen our message

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 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.)

Plan for big London Marches now!

March for Change, London – July 20th, 2019 

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  

Book your coach ticket from York here
Book your coach ticket from Leeds here

(There are no plans for coaches from Harrogate for this event)

People’s Vote March, London  – October 19th 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 19. 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

Yorkshire for Europe heading for Brussels

Our poster being distributed around Brussels

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

EU Elections 2019 Hustings

Book your free ticket here: Eventbrite Booking Page

Debating the issues

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

Promoting Revoke Article 50 Petition

When we last checked the Revoke Article 50 petition had topped 5,800,000 signatures.  Now we’re joining with other groups around the country to help push the total to 10 million.

We’ve produced a leaflet we’re planning to hand out on street corners, outside railway stations and on street stalls to encourage more and more people to sign.

Want to volunteer with leafleting? Please email us

Revoke Article 50 leaflet - front

Here’s some advice we’ve put on the back of the leaflet (which applies equally to our supporters!)

Revoke Article 50 leaflet - advice on the back

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) 

Map showing numbers of people in North Yorkshire who have signed the petition
Revoke Article 50 map showing seats with most signatures (click on image to use interactive map)

Good to know that the Remain movement is getting stronger here in North Yorkshire!