PRESS RELEASE 13/2/19 – for immediate release
New Yorkshire pro EU group to launch series of protests outside Parliament
An alliance of ten pro EU groups in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, which include campaign group ‘Best for Doncaster’, has announced plans for a series of demonstrations outside Parliament to increase pressure on local MPs to cancel Brexit or back a People’s Vote.
The first will be on Wednesday, Feb 13th, when at least 40 people from the newly-formed Yorkshire for Europe group will travel to London with flags and banners to add their support to protests by anti-Brexit campaigners from around the country. Doncaster will also be represented.
They will hand over a letter addressed to all 54 MPs representing constituencies in Yorkshire and the Humber to cancel Brexit by rescinding Article 50 – or to go back a People’s Vote referendum, with an option to remain. Some MPs from the region are expected to come out to meet them for the rally, which coincides with a separate protest by Women for Europe.
A spokesperson for the group, Richard Sadler, said: “We know from street stalls held week after week in towns and cities across the region that people are becoming increasingly dismayed at the utter folly of the Government’s shambolic Brexit plans.
“Any form of Brexit, whether some sort of cobbled together deal or a cliff-edge no-deal Brexit, would make us all worse off and leave less money for the NHS and other vital public services.
“We know form the Government’s own leaked figures this region would take a big economic hit. Small businesses would be hit by rising import costs, and our exporters, service industry and farmers would all be severely affected.
“It’s time for MPs to say ‘enough is enough.’ If they can’t bring themselves to cancel Brexit altogether, they should put this back to the people and let them decide whether they really want this.”
Over the past year the number of pro EU groups in the region has more than doubled, with street stalls now a regular fixture in towns and cities around the region. ‘Best for Doncaster’ have held a number of ‘Brexitometer’ events in Doncaster town centre, showing growing support for a People’s Vote and a distrust of politicians’ ability to resolve the situation to anyone’s satisfaction. The newest group in the region, Bradford for Europe, was launched last month at a public meeting attended by more than 50 people. On Thursday 14th February, Leeds for Europe, which organised an 8,000-strong march through Leeds city centre last year, is organising a rally and march from City Square Leeds, assembling at 5.30pm.
Last October 12 coachloads of supporters from Yorkshire pro EU groups travelled to London to join the 700,000-strong People’s Vote march.
Notes for Editors:
- The 10 pro EU groups in Yorkshire & the Humber are: York for Europe, Leeds for Europe, Sheffield for Europe, Hull & East Yorkshire for Europe, North Yorkshire for Europe, Best for Doncaster, Peoples Vote South West Yorkshire, European Movement North East Lincolnshire, Bradford for Europe and Selby for Europe
- The groups in this region are part of the Grassroots for Europe network of 170 pro EU groups across the UK and abroad campaigning for a People’s Vote with an option to Remain.