We’ve adopted a Brexitometer from the Shrewsbury group – this has proven a very interesting talking-point when campaigning, illustrating people’s hopes and concerns over Brexit. If other groups are interested, the details are below:
SSTIE will be attending the People’s Choice March in London on 23 June 2018. Continue reading “SSTIE Arrangements for the 23rd June “
120 Swanley people took part in the SSTIE Brexitometer survey at Swanley Market on the 6th June.
The main conclusions are :
- The majority* (67%) think that Brexit will be better for them than staying in the UK on a range of issues : See Brexitometer photo
- 60% would like a final say.
The first conclusion is in line with the fact that 70% voted Leave in the referendum in Swanley but the second is at variance with this and makes one wonder whether some doubt is entering into the heads of some leave voters.
* excluding “No Idea” response
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”
Remainers overwhelmed at local support as nearly 250 turn up on Saturday 21st April to hear Professor A C Grayling say Brexit is not a done deal.
On 28 February 2018, the following letter was presented to Kent County’s Council leader Paul Carter by 14 concerned groups from across the county.
On Wednesday 28 February 2018, campaigners from across Kent descended from a familiar looking battle-bus to deliver a message to Kent County Council. This bus carried the slogan: “Brexit to cost £2,000 million a week” – a different message from its infamous predecessor!
Richard Morris – a SSTIE committee member gave the following speech outside County Hall. Continue reading “What’s the cost of Brexit?”
Today there were 21 people on the streets of Sevenoaks campaigning on the NHS and standing together with the 1DWU (1 Day Without Us ) national campaign in support of migrants.
Hundreds of EM Euratom petition leaflets were distributed along with many of SSTIE’s new leaflet inviting people to join us along with a couple of hundred 1DWU leaflets.
57 signatures were gathered in 2 hours for the Euratom petition demanding that the UK stay in Euratom.
On 27 th January 2018, 16 members of SSTIE (affiliated to the European Movement) campaigned in Swanley speaking to hundreds of Swanley shoppers on the issue of EURATOM, which is the EU agency that oversees, among other things, the supply of isotopes to the NHS for cancer diagnoses.
There were a number of signatories supporting the European Movement petition to the government that the UK should continue to be a member of Euratom after Brexit as we do not have a reactor capable of producing these isotopes.
600 leaflets on the Euratom petition and hundreds of SSTIE’s own leaflet were accepted by Swanley shoppers.
On the general issue of the EU most people in Swanley seemed to take the view that things will work out in the end. They were quite philosophic about it and were heard to say we managed fine before and we’ll manage fine once we are out. At the same time a number were prepared to read and consider our views.
It was interesting to see the extent of support for Remain among the local Labour party people who were also out campaigning on the NHS and with whom a number of us had very positive contacts.
All in all it was a positive campaign and this encourages to return to Swanley which we will do later this spring.