North East for Europe

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The North East Rally for Europe is about supporting and celebrating the importance of the EU to the North East, and calling for a rethink and an end to a damaging Brexit.

It is a way of standing up peacefully to say “No” to Brexit and its adverse effects. We are doing our duty for democracy, our country and our region in wanting the best for our country and our region

Programme:

Approximate timings for the rally are (subject to changes on the day):

  • 2pm - "First half":

    • Welcome & incidental music (Dr Jacky Collins, North East for Europe / Madeleina Kay, Singer/Songwriter & EU activist) 
    • Baroness Quin (House of Lords - Labour)
    • Lee Williscroft-Ferris (Animal Welfare Party)
    • Jamie Patterson (No 10 Vigil)
    • Prof. Eleanor Spaventa (University of Durham)
  • 2.45pm - Incidental music break (Madeleina Kay)

  • 3pm - “Second half"

    • Welcome back (Dr Jacky Collins, NE4EU)
    • Lord Shipley (House of Lords - Lib Dem)
    • Neil Taylor (Scientists for EU)
    • Jude Kirton-Darling MEP (North East Member of European Parliament - Labour)
    • Natalie Bennett (Former Leader of the Green Party)
  • 3.30pm (approx) - Closing remarks (Dr Jacky Collins, North East for Europe)

  • Closing Music - 'Ode to Joy' Zac Hamilton

You can sign up to tell us you you are coming - or just come anyway!

We want a country that works for everyone, and one that is open, tolerant and part of the European Union, with all the rights and benefits that has brought us.

In the referendum vote on 23rd June last year Newcastle was one of the places where the majority of voters were for "Remain". The North East as a region voted to leave, but as the region with strongest manufacturing trade with Europe we are a region where Brexit puts many people's jobs at risk.

Whatever one thinks of the referendum campaigns and result, we still live in a democracy, we have a right to continue to say why we think the whole country is better remaining in the European Union, and we plan to continue to do this.

North East for Europe believes that Britain is better off (economically, socially and culturally)as part of the European Union and we think that as the implications of Brexit (and especially, a hard Brexit) become clearer, the case for remaining in the EU will become stronger and more popular.

Following the General Election in June, May's government is a lot weaker, and the political situation is much more unpredictable. We will continue to argue and campaign against Brexit, and to work with people from all parties and none where we can work together to oppose Brexit and to maintain the strongest possible relationship with the European Union.

If you haven't yet signed up to be kept in touch with North East for Europe by email, you can do that here