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The Let Us Be Heard March in London on 19th October is a decisive moment in the Campaign for a People’s Vote. Please make sure you are there. We have made it as easy as possible by organising coaches from Shrewsbury and Telford, and you will be among friends. Please click on this link to book. We need to know by this weekend that you are coming.
MPs are as polarised about Brexit as the people who elected them. So, far from failing the public over the last three years, it could be fairly argued that Parliament has perfectly represented it. What’s more, in their inability to implement a decision which few can interpret and none can agree, MPs have reached the only position reasonably available to them, stalemate.
In short, the outcome of the 2016 referendum set MPs a challenge they were bound to fail – and they have succeeded in failing it. Only a second referendum - and the good will so absent from the first - can resolve the impasse and, perhaps, restore a little faith in our politics.
It is the middle of August. We now have a new Government, elected only by a tiny fraction of voters (Conservative Party members), which appears to be pushing the country off the edge of the cliff into a no-deal Brexit, without a mandate. For those who believe that the UK’s best interest would be served by continuing membership of the European Union it is easy to feel completely disenfranchised and powerless. At the same time journalists are discovering ever more arcane ways for a dictatorial Prime Minister to carry out his threats while ignoring the very Parliamentary Sovereignty that was apparently the reason why we needed to leave the EU in the first place. It is not surprising that many of us are wondering how we ended up in this mess. The purpose of this article is to suggest that while the future is difficult to predict there is a reasonable approach to adopt and it is helpful to take a guess at what Mr Johnson might actually be planning.
The airwaves are full of stories of Conservatives promising to leave the European Union by 31st October. Is there anything that those who still believe that the UK’s long-term future still lies in remaining members of the EU can do? It is easy to become depressed and believe that as the news agenda has moved on our voices are no longer heard. Has the argument that we cannot have both the benefits of membership, in terms of free trade, without any of the responsibilities and costs been lost? Do we have to resign ourselves to accepting that our country is about to be relegated to an off-shore insignificant island, tearing itself apart as the result of xenophobic nationalism, as its economy shrinks and the opportunities for our young people become less and less?
I don’t think so…..
Shropshire Youth for Europe will be taking to the streets in Shrewsbury on Sunday, to mark the No to
No Deal Brexit national day of action. Students will be meeting in the Market Square before marching
around the town and stopping off at Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawczynski’s office.
The newly formed Shropshire Youth for Europe is being led by Oscar Redgrave, a Shrewsbury sixth
form college student studying economics. He commented: “I feel extremely passionate about stopping
Brexit and I was initially inspired to set up this campaigning group by Extinction Rebellion which
attracted students from throughout the UK using nonviolent resistance to protest against climate
This Thursday we have an opportunity to show all our politicians that our view of Brexit has changed since the Referendum in 2016, and send to the European Parliament MEPs to represent us. The most important thing is that everyone who wants us to remain full members of the EU goes out to vote and encourages as many others as possible to do the same.