Vote for Europe

(18 Posts)
Niamer Mon 26-Sep-16 22:01:46

Remainers and Leave regretters - if you haven't heard of "Vote for Europe", it is an organisation encouraging tactical voting to elect pro-European parliamentary candidates. Many of us are feeling hopeless and helpless in the current political climate. This offers some hope that our voices will be heard. The first big challenge is the Witney by-election!
www.voteforeurope.org.uk/2016/09/25/280/

RortyCrankle Tue 27-Sep-16 06:49:49

Didn't like the replies to your other thread on the same subject?

Niamer Tue 27-Sep-16 09:01:45

Rortycrankle, I am new to Mumsnet and hadn't realised there was a EU referendum thread until you or one of the others pointed it out. I could have asked for it to be moved I guess, but thought it was quicker to post again.

twofingerstoGideon Tue 27-Sep-16 09:15:43

Ignore Rorty, Niamer. There's always one.

I've just posted this on your other thread:

I'm a Remainer and don't accept that the referendum outcome, which was 'advisory' in any case, is the right decision for our country. I will therefore continue to write to my MP to ask what 'Brexit means Brexit' means. If I could vote tactically I would. There are many thousands of us who feel the same.

I also believe we need parliamentary approval to 'Brexit' as we are a parliamentary democracy. The House of Lords Constitution Committee agrees.

I can only think that remain voters who are now willing to quietly accept things didn't really have the courage of their convictions in the first place.

I'm sure all you Tory admirers will recognise this quote: You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning.

Niamer Tue 27-Sep-16 10:57:28

Love the quote Twofingers. Usually I would the first person to go along with a majority vote and make the best of a situation for the common good. Certainly that would the easier route to take. I am not a political activist, I am a sitter on the fence. But everything about campaign, the suffering of so many already since the result and the vision of our future beyond Brexit tells me I cannot accept "Brexit means Brexit."

Peregrina Tue 27-Sep-16 11:50:53

Not quite sure where to put this, but here will do.

Candidates for the Witney by-election:

Emilia Arno - One Love Party
Dickie Bird - UKIP
David Bishop - Bus Pass Elvis Party
Robert Courts - Conservative
Duncan Enright - Labour
Mad Hatter - OMRLP
Lord Toby Jug - Eccentric Party
Adam Knight - Independent
Elizabeth Leffman - Lib Dems
Winston Mckenzie - English Dem
Helen Salisbury - NHAP
Larry Sanders - Green Party
Daniel Skidmore - Independent
Nicholas Ward - Independent

twofingerstoGideon Tue 27-Sep-16 12:53:40

Winston McKenzie and Bus Pass Elvis are definitely worth a Google

RortyCrankle Tue 27-Sep-16 14:13:08

Yes, please do ignore me. It's far easier to walk around with a metaphorical paper bag over your head, ignoring the inevitable and hoping for the impossible.

twofingerstoGideon Tue 27-Sep-16 14:40:17

Actually Rorty, I meant ignore your snidey little comment: Didn't like the replies to your other thread on the same subject?

winkywinkola Tue 27-Sep-16 14:47:05

Rorty, maybe you, yes you, with all your certainty and confidence, explain to me what Brexit means then.

What did the 52% vote for exactly? What is, as you put it, "inevitable"?

I've been wondering for months now. And nobody seems to be able to tell me.

SapphireStrange Tue 27-Sep-16 14:54:18

Thanks OP. I'm already a member of the group and am glad to see it's reaching more people!

twofingers, can I ask: when you write to your MP to ask what 'Brexit means Brexit' means, do you write the same thing every time? How often are you writing? Have you had replies?

I wrote to mine a while ago but wonder whether I should keep writing, in the interests of keeping up the pressure.

twofingerstoGideon Tue 27-Sep-16 16:31:24

Yes, Sapphire - keep writing!

Mine has usually been quite responsive in the past, but isn't very responsive on Brexit issues, despite being strongly in favour of Remain. He has only just replied to a letter I wrote in June. I keep writing though! The worst thing would be for MPs to think 'Oh, it's all gone quiet now; people must have accepted it.'

fakenamefornow Tue 27-Sep-16 16:41:53

Does anybody know if any of the three main stream political parties in England have come out and said they are anti Brexit and will campaign, lobby and vote (if they get a chance) against it? What about the other countries in the UK?

RBeer Tue 27-Sep-16 16:48:49

'Does anybody know if any of the three main stream political parties in England have come out and said they are anti Brexit and will campaign, lobby and vote (if they get a chance) against it? What about the other countries in the UK?'

The Lib Dems

Niamer Tue 27-Sep-16 16:50:54

Yes I have written a few times now; normally when something new crops up in the whole fiasco. I tell her I don't expect a reply, but would just like my views noted.

Fakename- yes Lib Dems are pro- Europe.

prettybird Tue 27-Sep-16 16:53:04

In Scotland the SNP are continuing to actively campaign against Brexit. The Scottish Labour Party (and the Greens and LibDems) supported a motion in Holyrood immediately following the referendum, that the Scottish Government should explore all options to allow us to retain EU membership. Iirc, the Conservatives abstained.

The Scottish Conservatives, even though they campaigned for Remain, are now very much towing the line that "Brexit means Brexit" and that the will of the whole of the UK has to be followed through. They are complaining bitterly that the SNP aren't taking the possibility of an Indyref2 off the table, despite the fact that being taken out of the EU against our will was a specific example in the SNP's Manifesto of a "material change in circumstances" confused but there again, the Conservatives don't understand the concept of standing by manifesto commitments hmm

SapphireStrange Tue 27-Sep-16 16:55:38

I tell her I don't expect a reply, but would just like my views noted. That's a good idea. Thanks!

Peregrina Tue 27-Sep-16 17:35:03

I keep expressing my views and hoping for answers, but they have been slow in being forthcoming. I am still waiting on a reply to what does Brexit mean Brexit actually mean.

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