Take an ‘awayday’ to back Rotherham campaign.

Sheffield for Europe members are being invited to take an ‘awayday’ and join former Labour Government minister Lord Adonis in taking the case for a People’s Vote on any Brexit deal to the streets of Rotherham tomorrow (Saturday 13 April).

He will join campaigners as they ask people to give their views on the best way to end three years of uncertainty and disruption following the 2016 referendum.

Local campaigners are hoping that members from Sheffield will join them in All Saints Square in the centre of Rotherham, tomorrow morning from 10am.

Support for a confirmatory public vote on a Brexit deal is growing across Yorkshire and this first public campaign event in Rotherham will test the mood.

Lord Adonis served in the last Labour Cabinet as Transport Secretary and is a leading voice calling for an exit deal from the European Union to be put to a public confirmatory vote. He was a speaker at a successful Sheffield for Europe public meeting held earlier this year.

The ‘Brexitometer' will be set up at the event with Saturday shoppers invited to place a star to indicate their preferred option for a way to end the political indecision over Europe.

The People’s Vote campaign stall will be in All Saints' Square in the centre of Rotherham from10am and is expected to run until 1pm on Saturday (13 April). Lord Adonis is expected to attend the first hour or so.

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Lord Adonis helps take People’s Vote message to Rotherham

Tireless campaigner Lord Adonis added his support as the People’s Vote staged their first ever event in Rotherham on Saturday (13 April).

The former Labour Cabinet Minister joined dozens of People’s Vote supporters from across South Yorkshire as they talked to shoppers in the town centre.

Rotherham may have voted Leave in 2016 but Lord Adonis feels the mood is changing across the country.

“I don’t think Rotherham is difficult at all, what people want to do is discuss what Brexit will mean for them,” he said.

“They understand that we are a democracy, that a lot has changed in the last three years, that we can see the deal now, there wasn’t a deal three years ago and the right thing is for people to have their say on it  - whether they voted leave or remain.”

As the hard reality of the impact of Brexit becomes clearer Lord Adonis felt the public were moving behind having the final say on any deal in a confirmatory referendum.

“Obviously we want to remain but nobody voted (in 2016) for what is going on at the moment, least of all this planning for no deal Brexit. Six weeks of medical supplies, buying all the world’s fridges, the M20 the largest car park in Europe,” he said.

“None of that is what the public voted for and I think there is a strong sense among the public, including here in Rotherham, that we need a second referendum so people that can decide if we really want to proceed with this, now they can see the deal, or whether they think the right thing is to stay in the EU.”

He added: ”There are quite a lot of people, like us who think a second referendum is right on principle and now people can see the deal they should have their say but I think there is a growing number of people who see a second vote as a lifeboat.”

The event in All Saints Square in the shadow of Rotherham Minster attracted People’s Vote supporters from across the region including members of Sheffield For Europe. The  ‘Brexitometer' - a chart on which people can ‘vote’ on their preferred option for a way to end the political indecision over Europe – was kept busy.

Lord Adonis feels votes at the ballot box will also be important as the campaign for the European elections builds. Those votes could reinforce the changing views on Brexit and step up pressure for a confirmatory vote on any exit deal.

“Now that Parliament is paralysed there is not going to be a majority for Theresa May’s deal no matter how many times she puts it to Parliament,” he said. “She has already done it three times (times) and is already talking about a fourth. She won't even let Parliament meet at the moment because she knows they would reject her deal again so she has sent them on holiday for another two weeks.

“Now that people can see that we are paralysed but that we have got to take a decision and we can’t stay in this state of limbo there is growing support for a second vote simply as a way, as a lifeboat.

“Remember (Nigel) Farage himself said a second referendum might be a good idea. He is campaigning like mad now in the European elections because he knows they are going to happen.

“All those of us who want to remain need to treat the European elections as if they were a referendum. We need to see that people are registered (to vote) that they come out to vote for the parties that are for a referendum and against Brexit. I think that will help establish even stronger support for the referendum itself when Parliament next votes on it.”

 

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A song for the EU launches Sheffield election campaign

Supporters of a People’s Vote raised their voices in song to launch their campaign for the EU parliamentary elections.

 The European anthem Ode To Joy  - led by Chris McMahon from local acoustic band Treebeard - rang out at a rally in front of Sheffield Town Hall, on Thursday evening.

 The impromptu choir ignored the drizzle and chilly wind to add EU friendly songs using tunes including On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at, and the Wild Rover.

 The event marked Europe Day (9 May) and the launch of Sheffield for Europe’s leaflet urging people to vote in the European Parliamentary elections on Thursday 23 May

 The campaign group is not linked to any political party but in it’s leaflet asks voters to choose a party that "supports our membership of the EU” and backs a “final say" for the public on any Brexit deal.

 “The European elections on 23 May are the chance for voters to send a message that they will not be ignored on Brexit and the damage it would do to Sheffield and our country,” said Mary Seneviratne, chair of Sheffield for Europe.

 “It was good to see the European flag flying from the Town Hall on Europe Day - this city has benefited from EU investment which is being put at risk.

 “People turned out this evening to make a statement of support for a People’s Vote and we can all do that again at the ballot box on 23 May.”

Sheffield for Europe volunteers aim to deliver around 15,000 leaflets urging a pro-EU vote to homes across the city.

 Mary Seneviratne added: “We're not recommending a vote for any individual political party on 23 May. Voters should back a party that will give us the final say on any exit deal with the option to remain in the EU.

 “Sheffield for Europe will be taking that message to thousands of homes across the city in the next couple of weeks.”

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Over a million people marching on the streets of London!

What a great day Saturday was! Over a million people marching on the streets of London cannot be ignored. Altogether, 19 coaches went from Yorkshire, and a further 2 from Chesterfield – all full. Hundreds more made their way from this region by train and car. And, as you know, two of our members cycled all the way. Thank you to all those who came on the march, who sponsored seats on coaches, who publicised the march with leafletting and street stalls

We have had good coverage of the event locally.

Mary was on BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast Show on Saturday. It’s at 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p072qk2b

just after 7.15 am

Joanne was on the BBC Radio Sheffield Breakfast Show on Monday. It is about about 40 minutes in

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p072qk6z

Altogether, we have been on BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday, Saturday and Monday, and ITV Calendar on Saturday evening, and the Star is promising something on Wednesday.

So, what next? No-one can predict what will happen in the next few days, but if you haven’t already done it, please sign the Government Petition to Revoke Article 50, which (on Tuesday lunchtime) was showing over 5.7 million signatures. Please persuade friends to sign. We want it to reach 17.4 million!

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/241584

https://17millionsignatures.uk/

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Need transport to the march?

UPDATE on the latest transport situation:

Due to unprecedented demand, all of our coaches from Sheffield to London are now full. But it is more important than ever to ensure massive turn out on Saturday. We'd love you to join us there! 

OTHER OPTIONS FOR TRANSPORT:
National Express from Pond Sq, Sheffield: https://www.nationalexpress.com/…/…/coach-stations/sheffield 
Megabus from Meadowhall Interchange: https://uk.megabus.com/route-guides/sheffield-to-london 
Train from Sheffield: https://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/

NB, If you can't afford the train ticket, please register via the Get me to the march website for a free ticket! https://getmetothemarch.co.uk/

WE WILL BE MEETING FROM 11.30 ONWARD OUTSIDE MARBLE ARCH TUBE STATION.
There are now 18 coaches going to London from Yorkshire!

PLEASE BE AWARE: When there are *that* many people/mobiles in a small area, expect the phone network to shut down until the crowd has dispersed (definitely the case during the October march, and it looks like there will be even more people this time!) – so don't expect to post to fb or Twitter, or navigate, or communicate via Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. Even normal calls may be unreliable. Text messages may be iffy as well, but are probably the most reliable means of communication.

Please use the time on the journey home to use FB, tweet, send photos, use social media etc to get out our stories everywhere about the March.

If you don't know London well, you may want to bring along a map of the area on paper (to help navigate back to the bus/wherever you need to be after the march) – or download a map of central London onto your phone the night before, so it will already be in the phone's memory.

Making placards for the march? Free A3 Revoke and Stop Brexit artwork here from Stop Brexit Ltd: https://www.dropbox.com/…/covw1t…/AADnYyetnCLdo-gWZSaXEkYsa…

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National Conference: Winning a Public Vote

(This one for Labour Party members)

To win the next referendum we have to run a far better campaign than the one run in 2016. This campaign has to be about the future - a hopeful, optimistic vision of the future based on a remain and reform agenda.

Join us in Leeds on 6 April to make plans to:

- Win the ground campaign, ensuring that voters are listened to and engaged with, bringing communities together and winning votes for remain.

- Develop a left wing Remain and Reform agenda - ensuring that next time we can talk about improvements to workers' rights, the NHS, housing and policies to end climate chaos that would be enacted by the next Labour Government, working with socialists across Europe.

- Bring the remaining Labour MPs onside to support a public vote. Ending Brexit is in the interest of their constituents, and in their electoral interest.

Entry is free but if you can donate £5 or more it would help us cover our costs.

Link to book tickets and more information

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Join us on March 23

Join us on 23rd of March for the ‘Put It To The People March’ to make the calls for a People’s Vote too loud to ignore.

Coaches from Sheffield to London and back, for the #PutItToThePeople march – only £25 return (£20 for unwaged). Two buses are already sold out, so two more buses are being laid on. Please book early as we expect these to sell out fast. 

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Flash Demo in Sheffield


Our Flash Demo, where we surrounded Sheffield Town Hall and sang the EU anthem during the historic 'meaningful' comprehensive rejection of Theresa May's 'deal' on 15th Jan 201 9

Ode to Joy

(new words ©Vikki Fielden, 15/1/19)

Let us sing in celebration

Of a union strong and free

Though we are of many nations

Europeans proud are we

As we join in joint endeavour

Let us strive for truth and peace

As our nations work together

May our friendships never cease

Let us sing in celebration

Of a union strong and free

Though we are of many nations

Europeans proud are we

Grant us grace, that we may we live our

Lives in peace and unity

And in future we may give our

Children hope and harmony

Let us sing in celebration

Of a union strong and free

Though we are of many nations

Europeans proud are we

Though we are of many nations

Europeans proud are we

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Brexitometer in Sheffield City Center

We held a street stall with members of the public in Sheffield City Centre. We had our usual Brexitometer to gather public opinion on Brexit. We hold street stalls on a regular basis in all weathers! Get in touch if you want to join us.

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