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Stop #Brexit :

Some links (below) to material and activists supporting #RemaIN:
I am fundamentally opposed to the UK withdrawing from the European Union.  This isn’t simply a matter of economics (though that’s critical); it’s about the basic need for modern societies to work together progressively and closely to solve the many problems that collectively we face – challenges of security, migration, health, human rights, environment, food production and much else.

12-13 November 2017:

I have just posted an e-petition to Jeremy Corbyn, asking him to #StopBrexit now.

In just the first 24 hours over a thousand people have

signed it here. Please join us!

 

To: Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition in the UK Parliament

Dear Mr Corbyn,

We are nearing the end of 2017, the half-way point between the Advisory EU Referendum vote in 2016 and the date in March 2019 earmarked by Prime Minister Theresa May for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Our petition is to ask you and your Shadow Cabinet colleagues as a matter of the utmost urgency to stop this unfathomable trajectory towards the ruination of Britain as a forward-looking, great and open nation. 

We note with rapidly rising concern that virtually no progress has been made towards the ‘seamless transition’ which, with typical abandon, the Brexiteers promised those who voted to Leave.  Rather, every day brings yet more evidence that leaving the EU will inflict decades of massive, probably irreparable, damage on the United Kingdom.

We are appalled, as you must be, that via Brexit Britain stands to lose critical international agencies in science, medicine, banking, law and other fields.  We are horrified by the prospect of systematic long-term threats to food production, health services and other vital parts of the UK’s economic and social infrastructure.  We know that the problems Brexit poses for Eire and Northern Ireland are even more serious still.

Increasingly, the evidence (emerging from the Paradise Papers and elsewhere) is that Brexit will benefit only the very wealthy, and not the ‘ordinary people’ across the country whom Brexit campaigners misled to secure votes for Leave.  That artifice is why currently we see representatives of the fishing industry in North-East England, the agricultural industry in Cornwall, and similar sectors in Wales, asking for special consideration. All these areas voted Leave in 2016, it now transpires against their own interests. And it would appear that the substantial vote in Scotland to Remain is simply ignored.

‘Ordinary people’ have every right to feel angry about this massive deception by various wealth owners and influencers who promised huge benefits for all from Brexit, but have been able to deliver nothing beyond their possible future self-interest if the 2019 EU tax protocols are avoided.

The most important task now facing Labour is to ameliorate the damage already being inflicted on the UK, including to those who were deceived by Brexiteers.

It is not appropriate to comment on the Referendum choice of these Leave voters.

Rather, Labour must now deliver convincing and responsible leadership. The people of Britain deserve the truth as it now emerges, that Brexit is a disastrous idea which must be reversed forthwith.

Labour must explain, urgently, that legitimate and/or perceived issues such as immigration cannot in any case be addressed fully by Brexit.  There are better, and decent, ways to cope with these issues; xenophobia is unacceptable. Likewise, our European neighbours deserve a respect and support which has thus far been withheld in the UK-EU ‘negotiations’.

The future interests of ordinary British people cannot be served by uncritical acceptance of the 37% vote (of those on this occasion enfranchised), on that day in 2016 and with tragically inadequate information, to support an Advisory EU Referendum option to Leave. This vote must not over-ride the subsequent convincing evidence that Brexit would be a disaster for the UK economy, for jobs, for health services, for food production and for working and human rights in the UK.

History will not excuse those who continue to press towards Brexit.  The imperative now is urgently to stop Brexit in a reasoned and dignified manner. We know from the recent statements by Lord Kerr, who wrote it, that Article 50 can be withdrawn.

We, the signatories to this petition, are progressive voters who share the ambitions for fairness and equality which the Labour Party represents.  In the interests of the many, not the few, we ask you Mr Corbyn, as Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, to secure in a politically apposite manner the withdrawal of Article 50.

The United Kingdom must remain in the European Union. This is a matter of extreme importance and urgency.

Thank you.

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Here is the e-petition if you would like to support it.

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For further immediate commentary on #Brexit please follow my dedicated Twitter account:  @Hilary4RemaIN

You may also like to follow the posts on this topic in my other blog, Strictly Politically.

I also have an open forum for #RemaIN updates on Facebook: Britain Stronger In Europe.

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Listed below several organisations and some of the individual campaigners who wish to see the UK remain in the European Union. Please add your own additional ones as Comment if you want to.  I will publish (approve) all reasonable suggestions.

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And this is my perpective on the matter:

Brexit is a very bad idea indeed – and  of course every day now there are even more reasons to believe that….

Like every other political body anywhere in the world, the EU can be improved; but if the UK leaves that will be an act of needless and wanton destruction, probably not only a threat in fact to the EU, but also perhaps the end of the United Kingdom as well.  No-one to my knowledge has been able to reassure on these matters.

The EU referendum was an advisory measure [1] expressly billed as informing a conversation (not autocratic dictat) between our political leaders on the best way forward.

The referendum failed to deliver on this objective:

  • the debate was damaged by much very serious ‘mis-speaking’ (lies),
  • only a minority of the electorate, at best 37%, supported #Leave (there was certainly nothing near the supermajority which would in a properly formulated referendum justify fundamental constitutional change [3] – Scottish devolution in 2015 required and failed to achieve 40% of the total electorate),
  • many groups such as 16-18s, EU residents and numbers of UK ex-pats with significant interests around the European question were excluded, and
  • the subsequent repetition of the mantra that opposition to Brexit is ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘must be silenced’ is blatant and undemocratic emotional blackmail.

And alongside all this Brexit has released a wave of disrespect for ‘others’, at worst hate crimes and blatant xenophobia, with all that means for the breakdown of communities and trust.  We already know that significant numbers of Leave supporters used the EU referendum to voice various hitherto largely suppressed and non-progressive / retrogressive ‘Little England’ views; and we also now know that despite claims to the contrary it was not working class Labour voters who elected to Leave – more chose Remain – but, rather, people who normally vote Conservative or even for UKIP (all of which makes official Labour positions on Brexit even more inexplicable).

Brexit, and particularly the way it is being handled in 2017 by those in Government, is a shameful rebuttal of values essential to the common good.  These values are without fail in need of promotion, and not ever of talking down (often, by UK politicians at present, unpleasantly).  The European Union is a community of 500 million people who hold in common respect for universal human rights and a deep, historically driven, desire to resolve conflict peacefully.

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Readers here who share this perspective and want the UK to remain in the European Union may find some of the resources and links below of interest.

Remainers may also wish to support and share these petitions (all of them about retaining rights, free movement and continuing EU citizenship):

Those looking for more general (and authoritative) material on why #Brexit is a very regressive, indeed appalling, idea may like these links:

as well as organisations such as

and activists for #RemaIN such as

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Whilst I am reluctant to engage in the current EU/Brexit debate on my website here – I must focus on the work I share with others who seek urgently to eradicate FGM and other violence against children and harmful traditional practices – I have nonetheless established an open forum for Remainers on Facebook: Britain Stronger In Europe, a place where Brits and Europeans who also have concerns are welcome to share information and ideas  (no trolls please). The forum comprises a consistently updated ‘library’ of news reports, analysis and notices about Brexit and actions to stop it by those who wish to #RemaIN.

There is also occasional discussion of issues around Brexit on my political website, Strictly Politically (inc Brexit: Why we haven’t left the Labour Party (yet) ), and more frequent debate with many others via my dedicated Twitter account, @Hilary4RemaIN.

Please feel free to add as Comment below other sources which support #RemaIN.  Thank you.

[1] See also Briefing Paper 07212, 3 June 2015: European Union Referendum Bill, Section 5  http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7212  

[2] See e-petition with over 4 million supporters: EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum

[3] The aim of which is: “For the better functioning of a free market, in the interest of the Union and in order to comply with the duty of care towards all its citizens, we beg the Commission to delineate a method by which all Europeans of good standing may be granted a signal & permanent instrument of their status and of their right to free movement throughout the Union by way of a unified document of laissez-passer as permitted by Article (4) of Council Regulation 1417/2013, or by another method

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane de Sausmarez permalink
    November 20, 2017 23:37

    Have you seen this petition on line since Nov 17th. It already has over 15,500 supporters. Here is the link.https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/205169
    Petition: Parliament’s vote on the Brexit deal must include an option to remain in the EU
    I have sent it to over forty friends.

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