Thank you for your email about the possibility of an electoral alliance of Remain parties in the forthcoming European Parliament election.
As someone who strongly believes that the UK’s future would be brighter, fairer and greener if we remained in the EU, and having been a co-founder of the cross-party campaign for a People’s Vote with the option to remain, I very much understand your desire to see the pro-Remain parties working together to maximise the pro-Remain vote in the European Parliament (EP) election. Unfortunately, however, the particular form of proportional representation that the UK uses for EP elections (known as the d’Hondt system) presents very significant practical barriers to the formation of a formal or even an informal electoral alliance.Continue reading “Caroline Lucas answers the question: Why can’t the Remain Parties work together?”
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.
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!
In November 2018, SSTIE produced a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to assist campaigners wishing to explain or refute common questions and misunderstandings about Brexit and the EU.
This document will be updated as required.
One percent of the UK population converged on London this weekend in one of the biggest protest marches in UK history. Buses from Inverness, Truro and everywhere in-between. Standing-room only on Saturday trains to London. Expats flying home from across the continent to stand up and – finally – be counted. 700,000 people walked shoulder-to-shoulder to make our voice heard, and demand a people’s vote.
Did you know that the EU has provided over £40 million to farmers in the TN postcode-area in 2017? Or £9 million towards research projects? Or almost £4 million to support jobs and growth? Or £35,000 towards a research project into explosive detection systems in Chislehurst? Or £30,000 to develop heat recovery systems in Westerham?
Find out about local EU spending across West Kent (and the whole country) at myeu.uk:
Lord Adonis will be speaking in Sevenoaks on Saturday 6 October about the state of Brexit in These Critical Weeks at the invitation of SSTIE.
On Saturday 26 May, 310 shoppers in Calverley Road in Tunbridge Wells shared their thoughts on the impact of Brexit going ahead.
We asked them whether they thought things would be better if Brexit happened, or worse. And this is what they said:
- 76% said it would be worse (with 67% saying much worse)
- 24% said it would be better ((with 18% saying much better)
One month ago, the major pro-Europe organisations came together to launch the single combined campaign, “People’s Vote”, i.e. for the British people to have a vote on the final Brexit deal to be proposed by the Government. It is important to recognise that such a vote is not the organisations’ final objective, but rather the essential mechanism through which the present will of the British people will be expressed. Leavers will argue that this will has already been expressed through the 2016 Referendum. This brief paper concludes that this has changed and that the present will of the British people is to remain in the EU. Continue reading “The Will of the British People is to Remain in the EU”