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 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…. 

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

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