The Story So Far
Why the group was created
Since the referendum there has been a concerning lack of balance and fact-checking. 48% of the country has been ignored with the government using the result as a blank cheque to implement the harshest Brexit imaginable. While politicians may not be willing to advocate that remaining in the EU is still the best possible option for the UK, both economically and socially, our group is passionately anti-Brexit in all its forms. We are part of a nationwide fight back against Brexit. To find about our detailed ethos, aims and methods, you can read our constitution.
Minutes from meetings
A Brief History. . .
2nd July 2016 - The Wedding meeting
Women’s Equality Party, Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative members meet at a wedding and agree with each other to carry on as a progressive cross-party group. The collective anti-Brexit stance is surprisingly unifying despite differing individual political views.
October and November 2016
Frenzied street campaigning ensues in these two months, individual members calling us out for the campaigns being run by various groups. Jack Petchey report released: 3,000 Essex and London 12-18 year olds surveyed saying 75 % support remain and 40% say they will leave the country if Brexit Britain doesn't sort out the racism. Enfield for Europe suggest Britain for Europe roll out this survey nationwide but they decline.
Letter received from Open Britain acknowledging that if we are completely opposed to Brexit on any terms than they are not the organisation for us, as they support Brexit on best possible terms- ‘Brexit Lite’. They also say state they don't want us to organise things for them in Enfield as they have their own contacts, (who turn out to be members of our group anyway).
We are also involved in the Vote for Europe and Represent Us campaigns to lobby anti-Brexit support against the EU Withdrawal Bill and also for amendment NC99 in the House. Nearly all of us write to David Burrowes.
The group releases a press release expressing concern for a £80 million loan secured at a favourable interest rate from the European Investment Bank, (EIB - the EU's bank) for regeneration projects, such as Enfield council's flagship Meridian Water regeneration project. We meet David Burrowes, (former pro-Brexit Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate) to better understand his position. We are invited to send a representative to his Brexit in Enfield discussion group meeting on the 23rd, which we do, and challenge the council on the funding secured form the EIB. EU citizens in our group participate in One Day Without Us strike.
Enfield for Europe helps to promote the Unite for Europe march by way of leafleting, and supports the massive event by taking part on the day.
During the campaign period for the snap election EfE designed and distributed a leaflet endorsing the borough's Remain candidates, (those who were pro-Remain in the 2016 referendum). We managed to hand out over 4,000 leaflets during this period, undoubtedly helping Bambos Charalambous gain the Southgate constituency from Leave supporter David Burrowes. Charalambous's majority of roughly 4,000 votes we like to attribute to our 4,000 leaflets!
As the EU Withdrawal Bill starts its passage through Parliament, the Remain movement kicks off the autumn with a series of marches around the country including one in London, in which group members take part. Members also participate in various other events around the country. We also run a stall at the Enfield Town Show, gathering scores of signatures on a petition for a second referendum to stay in the EU, developing our public profile and raising much-needed funds.
The group meets local MPs including Bambos Charalambous (pictured below) at a pro-EU lobby meeting at Westminster and urges them to oppose the EU Withdrawal Bill. Members also campaign on the streets of Enfield to urge voters to write to their MPs to amend the bill to give Parliament a meaningful vote on any final deal reached with the EU. This succeeds when MPs vote by 309 votes to 305 in December for Amendment 7 proposed by Conservative MP and former Attorney-General Dominic Grieve. The government also backs down on a proposal to enshrine the planned exit date in law, amending it to allow MPs to change the date if necessary.
More news to follow in 2018...