Tonbridge Leafleting

Saturday 6 April – from 10:00 to about 12:30

Many thanks to the 12 people who turned out in the cold and the damp this morning. It was not a nice day.

The footfall was fairly low and there was an increased reluctance to engage, even to the extent of taking a leaflet – particularly for the first hour or so. The new leaflets did seem to be more interesting to people and the take up rate improved when these arrived.

The population is broadly coming to an agreement – but only that the country is in a mess and that the politicians have totally failed us all. A good proportion of people (both Leavers and Remainers) want to get this sorted out.

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SSTIE member, Mark Goodrich, calls for Remain parties to come together to fight EP elections.

We need to talk about the European Parliament elections…

Amidst the storms of Brexit, there has not been enough discussion of the European Parliament elections.  The EU has made it clear that unless the Withdrawal Agreement is signed by 12 April, any extension will require the UK to participate in the European Parliament elections.

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The Put it to the People March

Estimates vary between 1 and 2 million for the total number of participants who marched on Saturday 23rd March calling for a second referendum. The BBC published dramatic helicopter-shot video of the crowd, which stretched all the way from the top of Park Lane to Parliament Square:

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SSTIE Member’s address on Brexit to the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference

I fully support this motion, but it could go a lot further.

Although we are the only party to have taken an unequivocal Remain position, we have continuously failed to prevent the debate, in both parliament and the media, from focusing almost entirely on the virtues of a hard versus a soft Brexit.  It is essential the debate is realigned – to be between Remain, on the one hand, and any form of Brexit, on the other.

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SSTIE in Tonbridge 9th March

While we were setting up in Tonbridge at 1000, 4 members of the Tonbridge Labour Party, who were heading for a meeting in London stopped and leafleted with us for an hour. We very much appreciated this gesture.

Four members of Tonbridge & Malling For Europe also joined with us and again we were delighted to have their support.

Together with the 11 SSTIE members who were in Tonbridge on Saturday this made a  formidable leafleting group – so much so that one passer-by remarked that there were too many of us! We actually distributed many leaflets entitled  The lies and truths of the EU, Imagine If, and the Arrangements for the March on the 23rd.

Common themes on Saturday were:

a) that those Leavers who stopped and spent any time with us had not changed their mind since the referendum 2016.

b) those who refused to take leaflets did so politely; and

c) Remainers seemed more  encouraged

Our posters are taken from the Led  by Donkeys campaign

People’s Vote – Key Messages

It’s not reasonable – or fair – to force the Government’s Brexit deal on us without a People’s Vote because… ·

  • We now know the promises made for Brexit have been broken ·
  • We now know the real facts about the real costs of leaving the EU ·
  • We now know the deal guarantees no clarity about the future, just a crisis that goes on and on

Brexit: where are we now – and what next? Claire Fox and Lord Adonis.

On Tuesday evening Sevenoaks School hosted Lord Andrew Adonis and Claire Fox talking on “Brexit – Where Are We Now – and What Next?”.

At least that was the strapline on the publicity – but everything was changing as we gathered and, as we all know, nobody really has any idea of “what next”.

Some 360 people attended and the chairman, Adam Boulton, started with a show of hands as to who had voted Remain and who had voted Leave – it was, unsurprisingly, an overwhelmingly Remain audience.

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