Frequently asked questions

Why don’t you just accept that you lost the referendum?

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Remainers lost the referendum, but in a democracy we enjoy free speech. We are not “subverting” democracy, we want parliament to have proper scrutiny of what the government are doing, we want to exercise our right to stand up for what we believe in and we want everyone to have a chance to have their say on any final Brexit deal. These are important parts of the democratic process.

We think the government is taking the country in a direction that will be bad for the country and we have a patriotic duty to speak out.

Why are you having marches and rallies for Europe in Newcastle and the North East?

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We aim to remind the media, fellow 'Remainers', anyone worried about Brexit, and our Brexit politicians in government and the opposition parties that there isn't a national consensus on Brexit, that we aren't giving up the fight here in the North East and that we want to remain closely linked to Europe and the European Union - the customs union, the single market and, preferably, full EU membership. By doing this we help keep the pressure on MPs & Lords as they deal with Brexit related laws and negotiations, and we help to build the case for the government to change its approach to Brexit.

Isn’t it too late to do anything about Britain leaving the EU?

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No. Britain voted to leave the EU but what are the terms? The Government are taking the country towards a hard Brexit, out of the single market and customs union as well as the EU itself and are refusing to give parliament a meaningful say on the terms of the final deal.  Even many people who voted to leave the EU disagree with this.  In a democracy the Government must be held accountable through Parliament.

Parliament could set conditions on the negotiations and could withdraw an Article 50 notification, or could decide to have a referendum on the terms of any Brexit deal, so that people could have a say on it - especially since even Leave campaigners are saying that they won't be able to fulfill many of the claims of the Leave campaign (£350 million a week for the NHS, a points based immigration system, trade deals in place before we leave the EU ...).

 

What has the EU done for the North East?

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100,000 jobs in the North East, like those at Nissan, Siemens, Hitachi and many smaller local businesses are linked to exports to
Europe. The Single Market has made this possible.

Visa free travel within the EU has encouraged tourism and hundreds of thousands of European visitors now come to the North East every year.

Our universities have benefitted enormously from European grants and joint working with other EU countries.

Our hospitals and community health services rely on over 1,000 EU workers.

Holidays are cheaper because of the EU - air travel in Europe became affordable for many people because of EU regulations enabling low cost airlines to operate across Europe, and the EU forced mobile phone companies to lower and cap their roaming charges.

We have cleaner air and beaches because of EU environmental rules - pollution won't stop at national borders.

Where has the money gone?

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The North East gets twice as much EU funding as as other English regions. EU grants have provided substantial funding to regeneration projects including…

  • River Tyne North Bank
  • Redevelopment of the old Scottish & Newcastle Brewery site
  • Portobello Trade Park
  • Consett Business Park on the site of the old steelworks
  • Redevelopment of the Swan Hunter site
  • Sage Gateshead
  • Quayside Millennium Bridge
  • Angel of the North

For many of these schemes, our government in London was reluctant to help fund them, and without European funding they would not have happened.

I agree with you. What can I do to help?

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Thank you. You can help in lots of ways - talk to your family, neighbours, friends and work colleagues about why Brexit will be bad for you, and for people you know. Write to your MP so that they know about your concerns. Sign up here to be kept in touch with our campaign, and if you are able you can visit our volunteer or donate pages to help further.