Next week, the Government’s dangerous Elections Bill will be back in Parliament.
The bill sets out plans to spend up to £20 million extra per election to demand photo ID at polling stations.
With millions of people lacking the right paperwork, these expensive plans could disenfranchise over two million voters according to the government’s own figures.
Far from improving our elections, this bill will drive a bulldozer through our democracy – it’s a dangerous policy that must be stopped.
Continue reading “There are things happening out there…”
It has been a while…
Continue reading “From Brexit to the Future… and other things”
But there has been a great deal going on in various areas – both in terms of UK and local politics and, in a lower key, discussion as to where various organisations like the European Movement, and more particularly groups such as SSTIE, which are associated with it, should focus in the future. Discussions on how and perhaps even if we should be campaigning, and indeed what exactly should the aims of those campaigns be.
In the Census 2021 questionnaire you are asked how you would describe your national identity.
Continue reading “Declare Yourself European”
You are asked to tick all that apply and to write in another nationality if yours (or one of yours) is not given as an option.
Open Britain is calling for a citizens’ assembly on electoral reform.
You can sign their petition Open Britain Citizens’ Assembly .
Unsurprisingly most of our members and supporters are from round Sevenoaks, Swanley and Tonbridge.
Here are two items that are local to that area.
Would you like us to achieve “NET ZERO” emissions in Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas?
Continue reading “Three things for you to do…….”
The Good Law Project is seeking to hold the Government to account by petitioning for a Judicial Review of its decisions in awarding PPE supply contracts to a number of companies. The National Audit Office has criticised the awarding of these contracts.
Continue reading “The Good Law Project needs our help”
We are watching with horror how it is in Washington.
Continue reading “So – How is 2021 going so far?”
And we are keeping an eye how it is in the UK where many are expressing surprise at the increasing number of comments along the lines of “We didn’t realise it would affect that”. At the moment these comments are mainly in relation to the end of the transition period. But read the openDemocracy article linked below.
Many of the problems from leaving the EU were foreseen (although too often it seems that little or nothing was done to deal with them) whilst in other instances it seems clear that some of the difficulties had not been anticipated.
On 24 December, in announcing the deal with the EU Mr Johnson said “And there will be no non-tariff barriers to trade”. Anyone involved in trade between the UK and the EU will, once they have stopped laughing, or crying, tell you that this statement is wholly untrue.
To be held by Zoom at 20:00 on Tuesday 15 December 2020
Notice of the meeting and the relevant documents have been sent to members but if you are a member and have not received an invitation – or even if you have received it – and you are able to join us for the AGM please email email@example.com and ask for the link to the meeting.
Continue reading “The Third Annual General Meeting”
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has said a new bill to amend the UK’s Brexit deal with the EU will “break international law”. He conceded it would go against the treaty in a “specific and limited way”.
The legislation being brought forward would violate parts of the withdrawal agreement, negotiated last year with the EU and signed this year.
Continue reading “Should the UK honour its commitments?”
On Saturday, 25th January three members of SSTIE attended the Grassroots for Europe Conference in London where 450 representatives from pro-European groups across the country and abroad gathered to hear talks and take part in debates on ‘What Now for Remain?’.
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At 23:00 GMT on Friday 31 January most of us will cease to be citizens of the European Union.
Continue reading “Would you like to be an Associate Citizen of the EU?”
Are you happy about that?