Let Us Be Heard - Why you should make the effort to come.

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.

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Bob Saunders
A Second Referendum Remains Democracy’s Best Hope

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.

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Bob Saunders
Has Boris Johnson got “a cunning plan”?

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.

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Bob Saunders
While the news is full of Conservatives promising to leave by 31st October is there anything that Remainers can do?

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…..

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Bob Saunders
Shrewsbury students take to streets, calling to stop Brexit

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

breakdown.

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Bob Saunders
Tactical Voting Guide: European Parliamentary Elections 23rd May

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. 

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Bob Saunders
Happy 1st Birthday Brexitometer!

t is now one year since the first ever Brextometer session here in Shrewsbury. Since then this useful campaigning tool has been used the length and breadth of the country to gauge the level of public support for Brexit and as a focus for the debate that has gone on in the streets of our towns and cities as parliamentarians have failed to reach any conclusions and the divisions on Brexit remain.

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Bob Saunders
Why Mrs May’s Renegotiation of the Northern Ireland Backstop Will Fail!

Mrs May is extremely unlikely to get what her right-wing supporters are demanding as their price for supporting her Withdrawal Agreement for the reason s explained here. This would be a fundamental threat to the EU. There is however a real danger of a fudged agreement to defer the difficulties until after we have left.

If we are to avoid a fudge over the backstop, I think we need to point out that agreeing to the Withdrawal Agreement does nothing to bring to an end the debates surrounding our future relationship with the EU and if we leave the Customs Union and Single Market, we are creating a border where none exists today. On the other hand, staying inside the Single Market and the Customs Union delivers no independence from the EU’s rules while losing our current rights to a seat at the table where they are made.

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Bob Saunders
What is the People's Voice?

A People’s Vote must be different from the last referendum. The vote in 2016 has been hugely divisive. Compromises are not available. We are either inside or or outside the European Union. As the debate has continued over the Withdrawal Agreement attitudes have hardened. Leavers are not prepared to accept compromise in our ability to strike new trade deals with the rest of the world to preserve a closer trading relationship with those geographically closer and currently more important. Nor have they recognised the importance of safeguarding the Northern Ireland peace process if that means accepting constraints on our perceived national (English) sovereignty.

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Bob Saunders
Never Mind the Backstop: This is a Bad Deal, Full Stop

The analysis hones in on three fundamental downsides to the deal. First, promises made during the referendum have not been kept - indeed they cannot be kept because they were contradictory. This is not what people voted for. Second, this is a much worse deal than the current deal we have as members of the EU. And third, this vague deal leaves so much up in the air that we’ll be stuck negotiating Brexit for years to come - a “Brexternity” stretching out in front of us.

The document then shows how each of these problems will disrupt so many things: our trade, economy, security, sovereignty, global influence, rights, the NHS and the future of our young people.

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Bob Saunders
Christmas Message from Andrew Bannerman

Whilst the national situation re Brexit changes almost hourly and the prospect for 2019 is shrouded in uncertainty and division, we have much to celebrate as the People’s Vote now looks much more likely than when we first started campaigning.

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Bob Saunders