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There is much that is uncertain at present - What will the Supreme court decide? Does Boris really want a deal? Will he come up with any proposals the EU might agree with? What will parliament do when it is allowed to meet? ...) but more and more MPs are accepting that a People's Vote - letting the people of this country make an informed decision about Brexit - is the best (or only) way out of the current mess.

We are continuing to talk with local people in our region to find out what they think, and to encourage more MPs to stand up for a People's Vote.

Saturday 21st September

We will be in Newcastle, Sunderland and Stockton:

Newcastle - Grey's monument from 11am to 1pm

Sunderland - market place, near Sunderland Metro & Train station, from 2pm to 4pm

Stockton - Wellington Square, near the entrance to the Shopping Centre, from 11am to 2pm

Come along and join us - whether for 5 minutes, half an hour or if you can help for the whole time please do

Saturday 28th September

Watch this space for plans!

Sunday 29th September

The Conservative party conference starts in Manchester on 29th September - and we would encourage as many people as possible to go to the Stop the Coup March and Rally that will be greeting the conference arrivals - see https://cirquederesist.com/ for more information

Saturday 19th October

After Parliament (maybe) resumes with a Queen's Speech and the critical EU council on 17th October, we want to see London's streets again filled by a big "Let us be heard" march - let's put maximum pressure on MPs from all parties to give us a People's Vote with an option to stay in the EU. Tell the organiser's you are coming (it helps them plan) and you can book a place on our coaches with pick ups in Newcastle, Durham and Darlington.

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Hearts not Hate - Stop the Brexit Coup

Saturday 7th September

 

Rally at Grey's Monument

 

11.30am to 1 pm

 

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North East for Europe are proud to be sponsoring a cross-party Hearts not HateDefend Democracy and Stop the Brexit Coup rally at Grey's monument, Newcastle, on Saturday 7th September, from 11.30am to 1pm.

After a tumultuous week in Parliament we will be calling for MPs of all parties who oppose Boris Johnson's proroguing of Parliament to continue to work together to ensure that the Government are held accountable by our elected Parliament, to make sure that the Prime Minister cannot force a dangerous no-deal Brexit on the country and to find a way forward from the Brexit impasse.

Speakers include:

Chi Onwurah MP (Labour)

Councillor Wendy Taylor (Liberal Democrat)

Nick Hartley & Rachel Featherstone (Green Party)

a pro-EU member of the Conservative party

Louise Brown (North East for Europe)

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October 19th - March on Parliament

October 19th - People's Vote March on Parliament

Its a little way off, but book the date - October 19th.

As the next Brexit or not-Brexit deadline approaches, we will again be in London in big numbers to demand that the people be heard.

As Boris Johnson's government prepares to drive the country over a no-deal cliff edge, and  over three years since the last referendum, the Leave campaign's promises iare n tatters ("an easy deal", "we will be better off", "the NHS will have lots of money" ...)

It is only right that the people of the UK are asked if this is what they want and voted for.

We will have more information about the day shortly, but have already started booking coaches for the day with pick up points in Newcastle, Durham and Darlington. Book here

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Stop the Coup

North East for Europe's response to the proroguing of Parliament: (updated)

Boris Johnson's decision to suspend Parliament is an appalling attack on our democracy. He is an unelected prime minister and leader of a party that lost its majority at the last election, and yesterday's move to prorogue Parliament is an attempt to silence elected MPs as he pushes on with a version of Brexit that was rejected by the Leave campaign in 2016.

The coming days and weeks will be crucial and we need as many people as possible to fight back. The need for a democratic People's Vote is stronger than ever.

We urge everyone who can to do four things this week:

1) If you haven't yet done so, please sign the Parliamentary petition opposing the suspension of Parliament - we need to show MPs that this is an issue people care about.

2) Come to one of the "Stop the Coup" protests being on Saturday

11:00 Newcastle Monument (The demo planned for 12.00 has been combined with an earlier one and the combined one is expected to run until around 1pm)

12:00 Durham Millenium Square.

12:00 Darlington High Row

12:00 Middlesbrough Centre Square (MIMA)

(The demo in Newcastle planned for 12.00 Saturday has been combined with an earlier one and the combined one is expected to run until around 1pm - if you come for all oof it, come for when you can)

3) Sign up for and come to the People's Vote "Let us be heard" rally in The Assembly Rooms in Newcastle on Sunday (1st September) - information and free tickets from eventbrite.

4) Arrange to get to the Peoples Vote march in London on October 19th - Information on the march is at here and you can book places on coaches from Newcastle, Durham and Darlington here.

5) Write to your MP to tell them what you feel about the situation - they need to know! - Here are some suggestions of things you might want to mention:

30th August 2019

 

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October 19th - March on Parliament

October 19th - People's Vote March on Parliament

Its a little way off, but book the date - October 19th.

As the next Brexit or not-Brexit deadline approaches, we will again be in London in big numbers to demand that the people be heard.

As Boris Johnson's government prepares to drive the country over a no-deal cliff edge, and  over three years since the last referendum, the Leave campaign's promises iare n tatters ("an easy deal", "we will be better off", "the NHS will have lots of money" ...)

It is only right that the people of the UK are asked if this is what they want and voted for.

We will have more information about the day shortly, but have already started booking coaches for the day with pick up points in Newcastle, Durham and Darlington. Book here

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No to Boris - Yes to EU

No 2 Boris - Yes to EU: March for Change

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North East for Europe will be in London on Saturday 20th July at the "No to Boris Yes to EU" demo in London on July 20th (previously called "March for Change") to show the new Prime Minister, the country and the world that huge numbers of us want to end the Brexit chaos, and that we want a government that will work on fixing the huge issues that face us all, from the climate emergency, to schools, the NHS and the housing crisis.

We have coach places available from Newcastle, Durham and Darlington for £24 return (£12 students and unwaged).

Book your coach place here

If you are arriving early, why not join us for breakfast in the Parcel Yard pub at Kings Cross between 8.30 and 11am?

The march is assembling in Park Lane around midday and we are aiming to meet up atCurzon Gate (map) at 11.30 am.

 

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Getting ready for a new prime minister?

Getting ready for Boris (or Jeremy)?

The Conservative party are choosing a new leader and both Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are threatening a catastrophic "no-deal" Brexit, that MPs are likely to reject.

It is a strange twist of democracy when the members of just one party, that doesn't even have a majority in Parliament, get to choose the country's next Prime Minister. But whoever gets the job will still face a divided Parliament and a divided country. Despite what the would-be leaders say now, there is no certainty about Brexit, and a People's Vote could still be used to break the Parliamentary stalemate.

Throughout this period, North East for Europe will be continuing to campaign in favour of staying in the EU, for the people of the UK to have the final say on any deal or no-deal Brexit, and for that final say to include an option to remain.

March for Change

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We will be supporting the "No to Boris Yes to EU" demo in London on July 20th (previously called "March for Change") to show the new Prime Minister, the country and the world that huge numbers of us want to end the Brexit chaos, and that we want a government that will work on fixing the huge issues that face us all, from the climate emergency, to schools, the NHS and the housing crisis. Click here to tell the organisers that you are coming.

We have coach places available from Newcastle, Durham and Darlington for £24 return (£12 students and unwaged).

Book your coach place here

People's Vote - Let us be heard

We are also continuing to support the People's Vote "Let us be heard" campaign.

This includes a Rally in Sunderland on 7th July at Beacon of Light, Stadium Park, Kier Hardie Way, Sunderland, SR5 1SN. Doors will open at 1pm for a 2pm start. Admission free, book your place here.

Speakers include David Lammy MP,and Bridget Phillipson MP.

Future events are expected to include a Rally in Newcastle in late August and a March in London on October 12th

North East for Europe

Meanwhile, our own local campaigning goes on, including

Newcastle Haymarket from 5pm on July 5th
• and at the Durham Miners' Gala on July 13th,

and we aim to have new leaflets ready for delivery anywhere in the region shortly.

We'd love to see you at any of these events, or you can sign up to be kept in touch

 
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European Parliament election results

European Election Results

Thank you to everyone who voted on Thursday, and especially to everyone who voted for pro-EU parties and candidates. Full results for the region and each council area can be found on the Sunderland Council website.

We are disappointed that our region's three MEPs now include two anti-European MEP's - one of whom has little connection with the region  and who works in France, benefiting from the freedom of movement his party wants to end!

On the plus side, we are pleased at the re-election of Jude Kirton-Darling, a strong advocate of having a new referendum and of remaining in the EU, as well as being strong voice for the needs of the North East.

Although the Brexit Party topped the poll, the total North East votes for Euro-sceptic candidates and parties (including the Conservatives) has decreased slightly since 2014, while the total of votes for EU friendly parties (including Labour) has risen. North East for Europe will continue to campaign to further build support for keeping a strong relationship with, and membership of, the European Union.

Nationally, the Brexit party have taken over UKIP's MEP seats and gained six more, whilst Liberal Democrats and Greens have gained a total of 19 new MEPs, and the total of 38% of votes for clear pro-Remain parties beats the 35% for the leave without a deal Brexit Party and UKIP vote.

Watch out for new campaign plans and actions in the next few days and weeks, and if you want to be kept in touch or get involved please let us know.

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After the vote ... and before the results

Thank you to everyone who voted - or tried to vote - on Thursday. 

The conservative right wing who never wanted Theresa May as prime minister have finally managed to carry out their putsch (aided, of course, by the Prime Minister's own mistakes and mis-judgements). They have also succeeded in a classic piece of news management - generating a big news headline to push speculation about their party's poor election result down the news channels.

But there is another news story that we shouldn't lose sight of - the many EU citizens in the UK, and UK citizens abroad who have been unable to have their vote counted in this week's election.

It is unacceptable that people entitled to vote have been refused their rights, but there are widespread reports of

EU citizens on the electoral register not being sent the form they need to be able to vote yesterday, or having got and returned the form in time, the local authority failing to process it in time, or even after having had a letter from the local authority confirming they could vote, being refused a vote at the polling station.

and

UK citizens with a registered postal vote address in another country not being sent their vote in time to return it before polls closed yesterday.

We recommend that anyone denied a vote should complain the the Chief Executive of their local authority, to the Chair of the electoral commission and to their MP. A draft letter that can be adapted to fit individual circumstances can be downloaded here

 

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European elections

The European Parliament elections are on May 23rd!

The European Parliament elections are scheduled for May 23rd to elect Members of the European Parliament that votes on future policies, rules and regulations of the European Union - the EU is controlled not by unelected bureacrats but by democratically elected Members of the European Parliament and members of each country's democratically elected government. 

Although there are three North East MEPs, our UK election law says we each have only one vote on May 23rd. We can vote for a party, but not the individual candidates (other countries do it differently).

There are seven parties standing in the North East of England:

Conservative - Labour - Liberal Democrat - Green - UKIP - Brexit - Change UK

Many of us regret that some of these parties with similar views didn't come to an arrangement to work together, but the UK's election system doesn't make that easy, especially with an election that has been arranged at short notice.

North East for Europe is a cross party group and does not plan to endorse any particular party,
but we want pro-Remain and pro-Peoples Vote parties to receive a majority of the votes cast,
and we want as many pro-EU MEPs as possible.

And next time someone tells you that the EU is not democratic, please do gently point out that the election is happening across the EU.

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