Let us not lose hope: the fight continues!

In the last few days it has become clear that the fight to keep uk in EU is far from over, we (Pro Europa) remain committed to this and were looking to work together will all our members to this end, right now we are figuring out how this works. We have begun our work on how to bring this forward. Stay tuned for more info..!

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  • There is only one mechanism to get our future back: to win a referendum on the Brexit terms.

    A general election will not do it. Leave voters would feel cheated if a pro-EU government overturned the referendum result. And people would vote not only on Europe but also on every other issue that affects general elections.

    Nor should our commitment to democracy blind us into believing that the June referendum gives carte blanche for Brexit. For sure, it is a political binding vote. The four million who signed a petition for an immediate re-run even though nothing had changed were anti-democratic. All MPs should vote to invoke Article 50. But the mandate is for the government to prepare and negotiate a plan for Brexit. It is not just to echo Nigel Farage’s view that a 48%:52% result would require a new referendum. Since there was no plan put before the electorate, the government cannot have a mandate to implement it.

    So the key campaign now is for a referendum on the terms of Brexit twelve to eighteen months after Article 50 is triggered. A Parliamentary vote to trigger Article 50 would be the best time to legislate for the requirement.

    We need a platform for that campaign. I invite Pro>Europa to get together with the European Movement – the best established pro-EU body – to call a quick conference of pro-EU bodies and individuals in order to set up a campaign for a referendum on the Brexit terms. That referendum would not be a re-run. It would be the first referendum on Brexit, because it would be the first that offered voters a definite concrete plan, properly set out and with its forecast effects assessed by government and independent commentators.

    But it is of central importance that representatives of all political parties are involved in the campaign because there will need to be promises about policies that have nothing to do with the EU that only political parties can deliver on. The 52% have not seen the benefits of globalisation. They will not vote Remain to please us. To win the referendum we need the 52% to see that EU membership is in their own interest – or at least their children’s. Many of their complaints are about UK government domestic policies on health and other public services. So we need to devise the policies that will give them a stake in Britain’s future in Europe.