At last ...
Wednesday 14th November - 874 days after the referendum, the Government have finally (just about) agreed a deal with the EU. No-one knows if Parliament will agree to it, but it has united hard core Brexiters and Remainers in saying that it is worse than staying in the EU.
People are poring over the 500 pages of Withdrawal agreement, and the much shorter statement about future relations with the EU that are still to be negotiated during the "transition period", but we do know that
- This is not the "easiest deal ever"
- It won't result in £350 million per week extra for the NHS
- The UK has already lost thousands of jobs to Europe
- The transition deal might protect the car industry for another couple of years, but there is not the long term certainty that is needed for businesses to invest in future models
This is not the Brexit deal that the Leave campaign spoke about. It is not what millions of people voted for in 2016. There are two million people now aged 18, 19 or 20 who were too young to vote in 2016 who have had no say on Brexit, and we live in a democracy, so, as David Davis said, that means people are able to change their minds.
So if the Government want to put this deal forward, they should put it to the people.
North East for Europe, with many others across the country (there were 700,000 of us on the streets of London 3 weeks ago) is campaigning for a People's Vote.
Increasing numbers of MPs from Labour, Conservative ( including Boris Johnson's brother), Green, Lib Dem, SNP and other parties are backing a People's Vote. And we have a few weeks left to convince others that this is the best way for the country to move forward.
Time is short. If you agree with us, please come and help us. Visit our Events page to see what is happening next, sign up to help at our volunteer page or make a donation. Anything you can do will be appreciated
We had a great march and rally in Sunderland on October 6th, but the BIG Peoples Vote march is going to be in London on October 20th. Already thousands of people from across the country have signed up to be there.
If you think the decision on any Brexit Deal or (leaving with no deal!) is too big to be left to just the politicians, if you want a Peoples Vote on the deal, please join us in London if at all possible.
What you can do now:
North East for Europe are arranging meeting points for people from the North East before the march, and a social afterwards for those taking a late train or are not in a rush to leave.
We are also delighted to confirm that David Milliband is sponsoring a coach from South Shields to London (and back). Updates on this will be posted on this page.
March for Sunderland - Saturday October 6th
Sunderland, and the North East as a whole, is set to be particularly badly hit by Brexit. Sunderland is a great city with a proud history and on October 6th we will be celebrating Sunderland's strengths and its strong business and cultural links with Europe and demanding that the people of Sunderland and across the country should have the final say in a #peoplesvote on the final Brexit deal.
If you ordered a new Nissan and it wasn't the colour, size or shape you were promised(*), you wouldn't buy it. We know Brexit won't be all that was promised (easiest deal ever? £350million for the NHS?), so why shouldn't we all have a chance to decide if we want to keep it?
Join us in Mowbray Park (near the War Memorial and Winter Gardens) from 1.30pm, for a march to Keel Square at 2pm and a rally with a great set of local, regional and national speakers.
Sunderland mainline and metro stations are close to both Mowbray Park and Keel Square. Car parking is available at Sunderland Civic Centre (SR2 7SN) opposite Mowbray Park, and St Mary's car park (SR1 3AH) close to Keel Square
Click here for more information and to let us know you are coming
* Fortunately you don't get the wrong size, shape, model, colour etc when you order a Nissan car. Unfortunately, that's not how Brexit is turning out
North East for Europe have announced plans for their next rally to be in Sunderland in October.
With the North East is set to be the region worst hit by Brexit, it is time to take stock of the situation. Whichever way people voted in the referendum, no-one did so to be worse off, but that is the future facing our area according to Government and independent sources.
We are particularly worried about the impact on local jobs especially regarding Nissan who have clearly stated they need the UK to stay in the Single Market to operate. The effects of leaving the single market and the consequent need for customs checks on both imported components and finished cars exported will be very serious for flagship employers such as Nissan, and also for the many local firms who are part of their supply chain.
Sunderland and the North East as a whole have benefited from EU regeneration funds, often despite poor support for our area from the government in London, but also from huge investment by overseas businesses who have come here because of the combined effect of quality of the workforce and being in the huge European 'single market'. As a result the North East is one of the best exporting regions of the UK, and around two-thirds of those exports are to the EU.
North East for Europe want to celebrate the business and cultural links Sunderland and the region has with the rest of the EU and is calling for a Peoples Vote on the final Brexit Deal which is destined to be a pale shadow of what Leave campaigners cklaimed it would be in 2016.
Details of the October rally are due to be announced shortly. A crowdfunder appeal has been launched to help meet the costs of the rally. You can donate through JustGiving or direct to North East for Europe
Brexit is too big to ignore
And our latest banner popping up at rush hour on roads around the region is also hard to ignore:
Whatever you think about Brexit, we can all agree it is important.
We think the decision on the final deal (or no-deal) should be made by all of us, not just politicians in London.
If you agree, please sign the petition at www.peoples-vote.uk/petition
On Sunday, the Petition for a People's Vote on the Brexit Deal was barely 24 hours old, but already had over 80,000 signatures. How fast can it grow? Do you want to leave Theresa May to have the final say on Brexit, or is it time to take back control?
You can find out more and sign up here
Members and supporters from North East for Europe are running a series of street stalls across the region in May and June including:
Newcastle on May 26th
Durham City on June 2nd
South Shields on June 16th
Sunderland on June 30th
We will be talking with people about their thoughts and concerns over Brexit, about why it could be so bad for the North East, and why it doesn't have to happen. And whatever people think about Brexit, we will be encouraging them to back the call for a People's Vote on the Brexit deal.
We aim to get to other places as well, and if you can help at a stall near you, please get in touch
Let's celebrate Europe Day
Europe Day is held on 9 May every year celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable.
His vision was to create a European institution that would pool and manage coal and steel production. A treaty creating such a body was signed just under a year later. Schuman’s proposal is considered to be the beginning of what is now the European Union.
Whatever anyone thinks about the European Union, it is clear that Brexit is not turning out to be so simple as some of its advocates claimed two years ago. The claims of the "easiest negotiation ever" and "trade will not be affected", not to mention "£350 million a week more for the NHS" are all proving false.
Meanwhile the benefits of the European Union - the world's largest single market for goods and services, a customs union that is vital to much of our manufacturing industry, a force for democracy and peace in Europe and beyond, a driver for better environmental and social standards, and a forum for Europe wide co-operation on issues from air transport and mobile phone tariffs to medicine and movement of nuclear materials - are being made clearer as Brexit gets more complex.
North East for Europe is joining with other groups across the country to call for a People's vote on the final Brexit Deal - if it doesn't match up to what was promised in the referendum, we the people should have the right to reject it.
This weekend, North East for Europe are marking Europe Day with a picnic on Sunday. email us for more details if you wish to join us.
A People's vote on the Brexit Deal
North East for Europe has welcomed the launching of a joint campaign for a People's Vote on the Brexit Deal.
The campaign brings together all the main groups that have been campaigning for the UK to retain strong ties with the Europan Union, including the European Movement, Britain for Europe and Open Britain.
There are 3 key reasons for the campaign:
1. New facts have come to light about the cost and complexity of Brexit.
2. Promises made about Brexit, like more money for our NHS, won’t be kept.
3. The Brexit process is a mess, which makes it more likely we will get a bad deal.
Starting with our action day in Newcastle on 14th April we, and millions of people across the country, are calling for the people, not just politicians, that decide whether we accept whatever Brexit deal (or no deal) the government end up negotiating.
North East for Europe says that:
- The 2016 referendum was not a vote for a destination. And the Government’s hard Brexit plan was decisively rejected by the public at the General Election in June.
- With less than a year remaining until we crash out of the EU, new facts are coming to light every day, on everything from the divorce bill, to the NHS, to the border in Northern Ireland.
- The Government has announced that we will withdraw from the Single Market and the Customs Union, where half our trade in goods and services are sold, and we still don’t know what will replace it.
- Given that the Brexit that was promised is not being delivered, it is only right that the public should be able to take a look at the deal before we leave and express their view on it.
If you agree that the people of this country deserve to have the final say on any Brexit deal, please join us in telling our MPs and Government that we want a People's Vote on the deal.