Our leaflets setting out lies and truths around the EU, and demanding a people’s vote have been updated to reflect the evolving mess around Brexit.Continue reading “Updated Brexit-leaflets”
|Lord Adonis – Brexit: where are we now – and what next?|
Passionate second referendum campaigner Lord Adonis will be joined by speakers representing a range of views on Brexit to explore the most divisive topic in the UK.
6.15pm Tuesday 26 February
To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or see https://www.thespacesevenoaks.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on/
SSTIE have now campaigned 5 times in Swanley since January 2018, 3 times with the focus on a Brexitometer and twice distributing leaflets as in Saturday’s visit on the 9th February.Continue reading “Leafleting in Swanley 9th Feb 2019 : A mixed picture”
No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
John Donne, Rector of St Nicholas church, Sevenoaks. 1624.
In a rather chilly and windy Sevenoaks on Saturday 26th Jan 2019 SSTIE had 16 members and supporters out leafleting and canvassing for a people’s vote. We were also collecting signatures for the PV petition; 108 signatures were gathered which is a record for us in terms of interest in signing this petition and is a marker for the increasing interest in a People’s Vote.
Members reported another excellent morning on the streets of Sevenoaks – with a big majority of passers-by accepting leaflets.
On Saturday morning we asked shoppers in Tonbridge whether they wanted a Final Say on Brexit and 435 people put a sticker on the board:
- 291 want a Final Say vote
- 121 do not want a Final Say vote
- 23 people did not know
Of the people who knew what they wanted, over 70% wanted a Final Say vote.
At least three former local councillors had their say – one Tory, one Labour and one LibDem – and they all wanted a Final Say. Tom Tugendhat, the Tonbridge and Malling MP was out with a photographer and told one of our group that he would return and have his photo taken with us – sadly he had not done so when we packed up at one o’clock.
Many said they were fed up by the whole rigmarole, but also a number who wanted a proper vote, feeling that the first was based entirely on lies
The main argument that we heard against a Final Say was that we have already voted and it would be undemocratic to have another vote.
There is a very negative view, by both those saying Yes and those saying NO, of the Government, the Labour leadership, and of politicians generally for the way in which this is all being dealt with.
Our Brexitometer Survey polled its largest sample of west-Kent shoppers – 535 – on 12 January 2019.
There was just one question: Do you want a final say?
An overwhelming 81% of respondents want a final say on our future.
These results have been sent to Sir Michael Fallon (MP for Sevenoaks and Swanley) and Tom Tugendhat (MP for Tonbridge and Malling) in advance of Tuesday’s vote on Theresa May’s withdrawal deal.
Writing on website InFacts.org, former president of YouGov Peter Kellner analyses the latest YouGov surveys and highlights several important messages:
Staying in the EU now holds a commanding lead over the Government’s Deal:
Given a simple choice between the Government’s deal or Remain, 59% preferred Remain, 41% leaving with the Government’s deal.
Millions of 2016’s Leave voters have lost faith in Brexit’s ability to make life better
Considering only the people who voted Leave in 2016, just 24% of them believe that Brexit will make life better.
As recently as September this year, 43% of the same pool of Leave voters believed that life would be better after Brexit. That is a drop of one-third in three months!
SSTIE Brexitometer evidence shows that The demand for a People’s Vote is growing
Tonbridge 8th Dec 2018
SSTIE were aided on Saturday 8th December by some Tonbridge people from other groups and most encouragingly by several new people joining us at our Brexitometer. This bustle of people became a magnet for many passers by and drew many into discussions with us.
The results of our polling speak for themselves with 78% in favour of a People’s Vote and 73% in favour of No Brexit. These results echo what SSTIE has uncovered in the past fortnight in Swanley and Sevenoaks.
While parliament debates the Governments withdrawal agreement, Remain groups from across the country today took their Brexitometer results to a protest in Westminster to showcase the growing public shift towards Remain.
SSTIE have been conducting Brexitometer opinion-polls in towns across West Kent since spring 2018. During this time we have seen a growing shift in public opinion, not just against the specific withdrawal plans and arrangements, but also against the overall process of Brexit. This culminated last weekend in Sevenoaks, in which 89% of responders rejected the Withdrawal Agreement, and 81% wanted a vote on the final deal.