Campaigners from across Yorkshire with Yorkshire flags, Yorkshire-themed placards etc will be joining other pro EU campaigners outside the Houses of Parliament from approximately 3pm – 7.15pm on Wednesday February 27th. They will also be offering MPs and passers-by delicious Yorkshire food for “Pies not Lies” day.
For immediate release – 25th February 2019
Yorkshire Campaigners call on MPs to block “No Deal” Brexit
Doncaster campaigners are joining pro-EU groups from the Yorkshire and the Humber region in calling on MPs to take a “No Deal” Brexit off the table unless agreement can be reached on the Prime Minister’s deal within the next three weeks.
Campaigners from an alliance of local grassroots groups – who are travelling by coach to lobby Parliament on Wednesday – have today (Monday) sent an open letter to all 54 MPs from the region urging them to act to prevent a “catastrophic” cliff-edge Brexit.
The newly-formed Yorkshire for Europe network, which represents 11 pro EU groups including ‘Best for Doncaster’, is asking MPs to back the Cooper/Letwin amendment, which would rule out “No Deal” if there’s no agreement on the PM’s deal by March 13th.
The letter states: “This amendment will put you, the elected MPs, back in control over what happens next, at a time when this country desperately needs leadership, not brinksmanship. The decisions you take over the coming weeks will have enormous consequences for this region and the country as a whole for decades to come.”
It follows a letter last week from over 220 small businesses in the region calling for a public vote on Brexit.
Wednesday had been billed as the next big decision day on Brexit when MPs were due to finally get a “meaningful vote” on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal with the EU. However, yesterday (Sunday) the Prime Minister provoked outrage when she said there would be another delay – and the vote would not now take place until March 12th.
Frederika Roberts, Chair of Best for Doncaster, said: “It’s disgraceful that the Prime Minister is yet again playing fast and loose with the country’s future by pushing us even further towards a cliff edge Brexit.
“There is no majority in Parliament for a catastrophic ‘No Deal’ Brexit, but without taking that option off the table for good, that is exactly what risks happening on 29th March. It is time for MPs to protect their constituents, and the country, from harm.”
Richard Sadler, chair of North Yorkshire for Europe, said: “This has gone on long enough – and the longer it goes on the greater the damage to our economy and to the future prospects for ordinary people.
“Business, industry and farming in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and across the country are already suffering serious damage while big, multinational companies are diverting billions of pounds of investment away from the UK- a country that used to have a good reputation as a place to do business.”
In their letter, Yorkshire for Europe campaigners urge the 54 Yorkshire & the Humber MPs to do the right thing to protect all their constituents’ long-term interests, rather than bow to pressure from “those who shout the loudest or make the biggest threats”.
Over the past year the number or pro EU groups in the region has more than doubled, with the newest – Bradford for Europe and Kirklees for Europe – formed in the past month. Street stalls, rallies and other events are now held regularly held in towns and cities across the region.
Notes to Editors
For further information, contact:
Frederika Roberts (Best for Doncaster)
Richard Sadler (North Yorkshire for Europe)
The 11 pro EU groups active in Yorkshire and the Humber are Best for Doncaster; Bradford for Europe; Hull and East Yorkshire for Europe; Kirklees for Europe; Leeds for Europe; North East Lincolnshire European Movement; North Yorkshire for Europe; People’s Vote South West Yorkshire; Selby for Europe; Sheffield for Europe and York for Europe
Following the success of the first rally by Yorkshire groups outside Parliament two weeks ago (during which we were met by five local MPs) , we’re sending an even bigger delegation this time. There will be a coach load travelling from North/ West and South Yorkshire plus others travelling independently. We’ll be outside Parliament with Yorkshire flags, Yorkshire-related placards etc and we’ve invited MPs to meet us again.
We can send photos of campaigners with placards etc en route on bus/ outside bus. Then we’ll be outside Parliament from about 3pm.
Other groups from around the UK will be at the Westminster rally, but Yorkshire groups are starting to take the national lead on this now.
See above for some photos form the last Yorkshire groups demo outside Parliament on Feb 13th.