Leeds for Europe have just launched a petition calling for a public enquiry to be held into the impact of Brexit. Please sign and get your friends and family to sign too. Let’s capture the moment!
SSTIE’s 2021 AGM will be at St Luke’s Church Hall, Eardley Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1XT on Saturday 4 December 2021 at 16:00.
St Luke’s Church Hall is light and airy, and will be well-ventilated (so dress warmly!). But for members who are unable to attend in person, a Zoom feed will be available.
Full details and papers will be sent to all SSTIE members on or before 13 November.
SCAN – Sevenoaks Climate Action Network
Get inspired, and get active!
Together we CAN make our beautiful district a national leader on climate action!
The Launch of SCAN is this coming Saturday –
Saturday 13 November 2021 – 16:00 – 18:00
at The Drive Methodist Church, 6 The Drive, Sevenoaks TN13 3AE
(yes, this event is live!)
But first – a Brexit Benefit – a real one.
A couple of weeks ago in Calais on the way back to Sevenoaks. I was buying wine (in the knowledge that duty free limits were back) and I discovered that I could reclaim the French VAT on my purchase.
Yes, Terms & Conditions apply, and it wasn’t entirely straightforward, but my VAT refund was on my credit card account within a week.
But Yorkshire Bylines says that the government and its supporters are beginning to claim ‘benefits’ of being outside the European Union some of which were always available to EU member states or, in other cases, are not benefits at all.
And it lists (and will continue to list) examples of these mythical benefits.
Read about these myths in Yorkshire Bylines
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…
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.
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.
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.