The Pertinence of #StopBrexit

With less than 200 days left for the UK departure from the EU in March 2019, it is natural to reflect on the ‘Remain’ and #StopBrexit activities since the dodgy referendum of 2016. What have we achieved? To what extent have we reclaimed the narrative? What – if any – impact did we have? How should we continue?

At first glance, it would seem that the plethora of diverse ‘Remain’ actions since the dodgy referendum achieved very little. There were major marches in Manchester, Leeds and London as well as other smaller ones in towns around the UK. More are planned for the various party conferences in the near future. Brexitometers proved popular and consistently capture and indicate the shift of views towards ‘Remain’. Stalls, performances, EU flag waving events continue unbated. Conferences, gatherings, meetings continue to take place. Against all odds, ‘Remain’ remains alive… But what have we achieved and how to move forward?

We tend to forget the context. Against the grassroots variety of #StopBrexit activities (under-funded and under-resourced), rarely if ever mentioned in the mainstream media, is the official state/Tory propaganda machine dominated by ‘Leave’. Ask: What have they achieved? The Tory cabinet remains divided and only through arm-twisting tactics May(hem) manages to push her Chequers plan (Read: Brexit In Name Only). Already dismissed by the EU and the Labour party, it seems likely to be modified or even dropped. All the talk behind the scenes is on which red lines will be crossed…

The pretense of planning for a ‘hard’Brexit at times swings between surrealism and tragedy (lifesaving drugs transported through planes, stockpiling medicines, government plan for electricity barges in Irish sea should Northern Ireland be cut off, M20 could be giant lorry park for years in event of no-deal Brexit, etc). However, the treasurer Philip Hammond gave it all away when he warned that leaving the EU without a deal would blow an £80bn hole in the public finances. And – interestingly – May(hem) refused to rebuke him. The Tory government is in disarray, even paralysis… No wonder in recent days Gina Miller called for an ‘end to the chaos’.

So, what has ‘Leave’ achieved since the dodgy referendum of 2016? Certainly not the high moral ground. Dodgy funding and on-going revelations that ‘Vote Leave’ broke the electoral law, have stripped Brexit from any moral authority. Originally, the Brexiteers may have positioned themselves as the anti-elite democrats, but Brexit looks increasingly as the project of the privileged, of the few, of the elite, of the cheaters… Recently, ‘OpenDemocracy UK’ captured this situation with the following words: “…You would expect a bold, democratic adventure like Brexit to generate public support. It had the press, the government and institutions such as the BBC in lock-step support of what they accepted as the country’s historic choice. Yet for two long years the division expressed in the referendum barely changed. This will come to be seen as the great, strategic failure of the Brexiteers. They had their moment and lost it…”

There was a time immediately after the dodgy referendum that we were too shocked and even afraid to openly state “#StopBrexit”. It took many months for ‘Remain’ to bring back to the mainstream narrative this call loud and clear (Speak it – Share it – Demand it). As we head towards the ‘meaningful’ vote on the ‘deal’ in the Parliament sometime before this Christmas, ‘Stop Brexit’ is as pertinent as ever. The People’s Vote (PV) has some appeal and one can understand why, but practically speaking it is highly unlikely to take place before the ‘meaningful’ vote and March 2019. Sadly, many politicians continue to display moral cowardice. They need a referendum to hide behind the result and PV offers them that escape option. ‘Remainers’ however, can afford to be honest. The objective remains the same, and although seemingly unattainable, it is as relevant and as pertinent as ever. It is during the darkest moments that we must focus and not compromise our principles. We are freedom fighters. We will always seek the light. #StopBrexit

OFOC Four to go large in Leeds


We are pleased to announce all 4 co-founders of Our Future Our Choice (OFOC) as speakers for the #StopBrexit Great Northern March on 24 March in Leeds.

Lara Spirit, Femi Oluwole, Will Dry and Calum Millbank-Murphy started OFOC out of frustration over the UK’s political leaders’ failure to face up to the real problems of the country – and their willingness go ahead with Brexit despite the damage it will cause.

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Stop Brexit organisers call on remainers to support Regional Rallies

Organisers of the grassroots #StopBrexit protest have called upon other remainers to join them in supporting the 12 Regional Rallies being planned by The 48% for October 14th.

Following the success of their march in Manchester, the Stop Brexit march organisers have announced their support for the next and final stage of the Autumn of Dissent protests against Brexit – the 12 Regional Rallies.

Peter French

“We want to thank everyone who supported the march and rally”, says Peter French, the spokesman for the Stop Brexit March, “The march was a great success because you made it happen.”

“Now we ask you to support the local demonstrations being organised in your area. Spread the word, and lend a hand, give money where needed, but most important of all turn up and join in on the day.”

The 12 Regional Rallies are being set up as collaborative initiative of simultaneous protests by local remain groups across the country, one for each of the 12 EU constituencies in the UK.  Continue reading “Stop Brexit organisers call on remainers to support Regional Rallies”

All party opposition lined up to speak against Brexit

The organisers of the #Stop Brexit are pleased to announce the final line up of speakers for the #StopBrexit Rally  in Manchester tomorrow.

Preceding the national march on the Conservative Party Conference, the Stop Brexit rally features a programme of prominent speakers presenting all colours of the political spectrum and none – key opponents to Brexit, that will shed light from different perspectives on the vast and horrific implications that Brexit has on all our lives . Continue reading “All party opposition lined up to speak against Brexit”

Surprises in store for Theresa May’s Birthday

The Conservative Party Conference which begins in Manchester this Sunday is in store for a full-day of programme of opposition organised by remain activists that will see the city draped in a sea of blue.

The float is on it’s way!

The #StopBrexit activists have a number of surprises planned , the most highly-anticipated of which is the special float commissioned for the march.

Designed by the famous artist Jacques Tilly, who also built the  Donald Trump float which Greenpeace used at the WTO meeting in Hamburg, the float is now on its way to Manchester, where it is being kept under tight wraps as a surprise for the day, which is also Theresa May’s birthday. Continue reading “Surprises in store for Theresa May’s Birthday”

Remainers of the Right rally round Tory Rebel

Dirk Hazell, the leader of UK EPP

When Britain  joined the Single Market it was on terms set by Margaret Thatcher.  It is therefore fitting that the man who developed the concept of the Single Market that Thatcher sold to the other European leaders will speak at the Stop Brexit Rally in Manchester this Sunday.

Dirk Hazell is the leader of the UK EPP and a true British European, who sacrificed his own future in the Tory Party for Britain’s future in Europe. His decision to speak at the Stop Brexit rally puts a renewed focus on several highly contentious issues within the Conservative Party, which is holding its annual conference in the same part of the city.

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