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.

It’s more than a year has passed since Julie Bushell called a meeting in the Coach and Horses to discuss how we might confront the worsening Brexit situation. Thanks to the efforts of many, we now have both local and national profile and have achieved a great deal. Phillip Martin’s invention of the Brexitometer is now a national phenomenon. We have held street stalls, exhibited at Oswestry Show, distributed leaflets, conducted surveys, attended two marches in London, one in Liverpool, one in Birmingham, arranged two meetings with hundreds of attenders and featured in local and regional media.  We have been visited by Andrew Adonis, Anna Soubry, Madeleina Kay, Mike Galsworthy, Will and Femi and other inspiring speakers. Above all it is Salopians of all ages and backgrounds who have supported us and our cause.

Our firm belief is that the British people were misled by the Leave campaign in 2016 and that it was not clear what Leave actually meant on the ballot paper. Given the deadlock in Parliament, we the people should now be given an opportunity of choosing between certain clear options. How this can be done remains to be clarified, but it would be grossly unfair to future generations to assume simplistically that the majority of people still want to leave the EU under any circumstances. It looks as though we could all be extremely busy in the New Year and we look forward to seeing you at our next event on 8thJanuary 2019. 

So, we wish you all a Happy Christmas and a New Year which brings some chance of keeping our country within the European family of nations.

Andrew Bannerman,

Chairman Open Britain Shrewsbury

Bob Saunders