EU Referendum – A tragic farce, not a solution to austerity

14th of July 2016

My letter to the European Union – A gathering of evidence –

 

Dear EU compatriots
I am writing to you what I have been brewing and what I feel urged to convey to you so imperatively. Not only from my own perspective but also to carry out the voice to you that I hear from hundreds of groups and FB pages (including our ‘Norwich and Norfolk Stays’ group), despairing and crying out that ‘We want UK to REMAIN IN EU’.
We need your help. So many of us believe that Brexit can still be challenged since UK remains a member of the EU with all Rights and obligations as a Member State and since EU law continues to apply to the full to the UK and in the UK until it is no longer a member. Since this also means that until this moment has come, British citizens and UK residents continue to enjoy the rights of EU citizenship, please let us enjoy this privileged fully and help us out.
“After an election or a Referendum, even if we lose the vote, we are entitled to go on and make an argument” reminded us Ian Hislop.

Leave campaign based on fear and lies

Our country is in chaos, torn in half, divided with too many people poorly informed, all facing the future’s uncertainty and many are despairing. This is not only bad for the economy but a despicable example of what is happening represented to our children, who after all, are the ones who will be affected by all this the most. The Youth spoke the loudest with 75% remain vote, yet it was an ill informed slim majority that ‘won’ the fraudulent vote to leave the EU. We are seeing a 57% rise in hate crime in the last few weeks across the country which is very alarming.
It appears that half of the UK citizen seems to realise the full benefits of being part of EU. It was 48% Remain voters to begin with but it is actually a majority now I believe that are waking up to the coerced Leave campaign well documented in the right places.
We are so many to believe that being part of the EU represents enormous benefits to our nations of 28 countries and that the EU is one of the most progressive, forward thinking and humane organisations in the world. Such complex organisation is not perfect and need time to work on negotiations but wouldn’t you agree that LEAVING THE EU IS NOT A SOLUTION TO AUSTERITY and that it wouldn’t be regaining control at all; it would be very detrimental to our nation?
Millions of voices have appeared across the social media and official media (less apparent). All united to express our outrage. Can you accept that, NO the people of UK have not spoken? A scarce majority vote based on misinformation and lies is not a clear mandate, it is a tragic farce. The Leave campaign was based on lies and fear.
As you know this EU referendum is a shamble, a farce even, that shouldn’t have taken place in the first place and that wasn’t taken seriously but it became serious and it makes so many people suffer as we watch our country torn apart and divided with so many illusions, deluded promises and rise in xenophobia. The country is slowly waking up to the lies of the Leave Campaign that have fooled so many Leave voters. Our system and our main stream media is so corrupt, the lack of education on Politics and what is really happening makes it flagrant. The outrage is flagrant. The outrage continues. The outrage is growing. The next March for Europe will be even bigger. More and more demonstrations, rallies, protests are happening and being organised across the country.
Nigel Farage, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson have behaved despicably in the Leave campaign; again, well documented in the right places (https://goo.gl/Bqec74). And David Cameron is responsible for putting us in this mess having called for a referendum. The unexpected result was a shock to us all and carries dreadful consequences. (Business Insider UK’s article on economic and political destruction): http://goo.gl/PxO6F4 – needless to mention the social destruction all this has caused too –
Some highly knowledgeable Professors in EU matters have been trying to wake up our country with their full report – squashed by some politician advising to not listen to the experts…(Gove’s style). Professor Michael Dougan and Professor A. C. Grayling have been very clear in their messages that this Referendum is non-binding and only advisory based on a campaign of lies and fear. Professor A.C. Grayling, who urged our 650 MPs to not support a motion to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, made this clear – given the following factors:
– “The non-binding Referendum, its circumstances, and its slim majority achieved in those circumstances, is not an adequate ground for the UK to leave the EU.
– That the majority for Brexit was small (3.8%)
– That there are major questions about the circumstances of the respective Remain and especially Leave campaigns regarding probity of information claims and promises made to voters.
– That a serious risk of break-up of the UK impends upon a ‘Brexit’.
– That the economy consequences of a ‘Brexit’ are not in the UK’s best favour.
– That a ‘Brexit’ would damage our neighbours and partners in Europe.
– And that the future of the young of our country is focally implicated in the decision.
For all these reasons and more, there is a powerful case for Parliament to use its discretion to determine that it is not in the UK’s interests to leave the EU”. Professor Grayling’s full letter: https://goo.gl/9C7z78
One of the UK’s Leading EU law experts, Professor Michael Dougan, reported in great details in several of his videos that the Referendum is non-binding and advisory (https://goo.gl/5cxDlX ). His message is clear; the dishonesty was on an industrial scale! He states that “the entire UK legal system will be subject to a very sharp review (as mentioned by Jeremy Corbyn). There will have to be a comprehensive review of the UK legal system. It will have to be done very quickly and it will not be done through Parliament.” https://goo.gl/3fdYks ~ True Democracy begins with honesty~
Furthermore, over three million voiceless (EU members UK residents, UK citizen living abroad, 16 to 18 years old) were not eligible to vote in this Referendum, plus hundreds and hundreds of British Expats postal votes went missing or were sent to the wrong places. Is this, with everything else, a representation of a fair democracy?
Some petitions do carry their weight and help to make a difference and some are too slow to be efficient in making their way to obtain a new bill in Parliament after debate. Over four millions signed a petition to stop article 50 to be triggered. And many more would follow if they are better informed, inclined to be more proactive and if they have the means to sign a petition. The Committee from the House of Common has decided that the huge number of people signing this petition means that it should be debated by MPS. Article – ‘Second EU Referendum petition to be debated in Parliament after receiving more than 4 million signatures’: http://goo.gl/UIAoYT
Isn’t it remarkable that the result of the Referendum was so grossly wrong, so fraudulent and outrageous that a Youth movement has been created to challenge the result taking some major legal steps? I applaud their audacity. Groups of lawyers also and #BrexitJustice have pledged to pursue legal action with crowdfunding and prosecute dishonest Brexit politicians and bring integrity back to British politics. Isn’t it time to make politicians accountable for their deceiving actions? (Article – ‘result not legally binding’: http://goo.gl/rWziW7 – BrexitJustice: http://goo.gl/j3qK7h – Letter from 1,000 lawyers to David Cameron over the EU Referendum: http://goo.gl/aPpfY8 – Article 50, our letter to the Government: https://goo.gl/rlbQPW).

Britain’s leader – Austerity – Human Rights – Rise in racism & xenophobia

Britain’s leader, Theresa May, who just happens to become Prime Minister yesterday when we didn’t even vote for her, brings to question what our Parliament’s true meaning of Democracy is.
How can we trust our new Prime Minister to explain that the illusion they were promised – all the EU’s benefits with none of its obligations – does not exist? As Business Insider UK pointed out.
Isn’t it a worrying sign that Theresa May who repeatedly scapegoats immigrants, in her statement on the debate over immigration, that she only hopes that a deal can be struck that will allow EU Nationals the right to remain in UK? A petition had to be launched to prevent such insensitive declaration creating more fear amongst families. Andy Burnham (Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary) was quick to point out that EU nationals deserve much better than being used by the Government as bargaining chips. His wife being Dutch, Burnham had to pass on the message to Theresa May that he would quite like to tell his children that their mum is going to stay in UK if that’s all right with May. These discussion taking place in this day and age in our Parliament are aberrant! Rightly so she wasn’t backed up by the cabinet.
“Clearly British humour has no borders”, Guy Verhofstadt says on learning that Boris Johnson had been made Foreign Secretary today. How humiliating, ridiculous and dangerous!
At least we are seeing today a good clean up of bad apples in the cabinet. Like sacking George Osborne who has overseen a complete failure to tackle austerity and was the most ruthless Chancellor in UK history, not only for the UK economy but also failed in human terms. As well as sacking self-serving Michael Gove who has despicably let down the country http://goo.gl/744N9S. So, a healthier clean up continues. See updates in full: http://goo.gl/OxEy7V . George Osborne, after six years of punishing the poor and rewarding the rich prompted the referendum revolt: https://goo.gl/m7y5uk
But is it wise that Philip Hammond, our new Chancellor, wants to take us out of the single market? http://goo.gl/5wu2Hx
David Cameron, who has overseen a catastrophic failure in Government, in his speech of resignation yesterday on ‘we must continue to succeed’, shows a derisive statement trying to fool our nation when the UN reported such cause for concerns in UK. Please see report by the UNITED NATIONS: http://goo.gl/ZAAGdl
Our country suffers an immense Human Rights issue and inequality issue and an alarming rise in racism and xenophobia not only in UK but all over Europe. What can you do about it if not do your up-most best to help with UK’s crisis by putting pressure and strongly encouraging a stop for UK to leave the EU? Human Rights watch: http://goo.gl/f9OehG https://goo.gl/lKFtcu https://goo.gl/KJlU8f
What a joke to call it a ‘success regime’ regarding our NHS, as David Cameron claimed when it has been nothing but! Since privatization and since the cuts in some fundamental organisations such as the NHS and many invaluable charities, there is unavoidable struggle. As one of the result, our NHS’s staffs are testing their limits and many patients succumb to insufficient care and despair. As another result, our country depends on charity organisations and on reliable news providers to readjust the balance. Charities organisations not funded by the Government of course and heavily relying on volunteers and donations. More than ever our EU friends are needed in the NHS yet they are pushed to leave. https://goo.gl/xMjWVK
Not only the NHS will not see a penny of the £350m promised by the Leave campaign but Brexit will leave the NHS £19bn poorer according to the President of the Royal College of physicians Jane Dacre.
How indignant that UK owes more than ever, the rich are richer than ever, some children are starving, food banks are up, depression and even suicide (including amongst doctors), is increasing. The austerity up north has been so awful that people’s children are killing themselves because there is so much despair. These are not just isolated incidents. This is happening now and needs to be dealt with accordingly.
What a gross misinterpretation, regarding adequate help from the Government, when the DWP (Department of Welfare and Pension) was able to create ATOS which led so many people to death.
What is it like to not be part of the EU? And what has Europe ever done for us? See how UK is perceived to be spoilt by outsiders: http://goo.gl/QUVkr4

Who are the victims?

As usual; the most vulnerable, the most disadvantages, the migrants, the refugees, the sick and the poorest, are the ones to suffer the most. And the lack of awareness on the fact that it is not the fault of the migrants and refugees (contrarily to what so many people have been manipulated to believe) brings cause for huge concern and breaks my heart.
Frances Ryan in her article reminds us that: Austerity policies breech the UK’s Human Rights obligations; child poverty has spiked; delayed state pension for hundreds of thousands of women; children with mental health problems are being denied treatment; the DWP is delaying the release of benefit death report, (again). Full article: https://goo.gl/vtpNiK
Wouldn’t you agree that leaving the EU is not a solution to austerity? The young generation are the ones to be affected the most if we leave the EU.
Like Ian McEwan in his article points out, “only a fool would want to invoke the dread article too soon and that meanwhile, the economy is in decline. Racists and xenophobes are gripped with an elated sense of entitlement”. I hope that Ian McEwan is right, that in fact, we never left, it was all a bad dream and that this summer of contempt will be soon forgotten. I doubt that this crisis of an industrial scale will ever be forgotten.
Is my slim proportional representation still representing Democracy? Should true Democracy be redefined too?
We are all migrants. We are all refugees. I have been living in UK for 30 years and I wasn’t eligible to vote in the EU Referendum. I wasn’t allowed a voice. My children and husband are British. I am not. I am European and embrace diversity.
We cannot accept the legitimacy of this Referendum and we cannot stand for an advisory, merely an opinion based on false and insufficient information, to leave the EU. Millions of Britons are physically exhausted after spending several weeks arguing with people who do not understand anything http://goo.gl/SejYhX.
UK suffers the oppression of insanely rich Media who deform the reality and influence the nation wrongly and illegally by brainwashing blatant lies. Please don’t leave us to this corrupt regime.
A future of hope can’t be built on hatred, lies, bullying and fear. Our children deserve better and it is our duty to give hope to the next generation.
As part of the European Union, as a French national, as a European, as a mother, as a compassionate for the more vulnerable and the more disadvantaged, as a campaigner for a fairer society, I am imploring you to help us put a stop to this grotesque and outrageous process that would activate article 50. This must not happen for the best interest of all concerned.
Thank you for listening.
Laure Om

Solidarity with Norwich Migrants

An excellent sum up by Tony Allen on such a terrific display of solidarity and reminding us what each of those wonderful speakers have said.

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On Tuesday 12th July 2016, just five days after the well-attended rally Norwich Stays, hundreds of people gathered once again in front of the steps of Norwich’s City Hall to show solidarity with migrants in the city and call for the acceptance of refugees.

The overwhelming mood of the rally, similarly to that of the previous Thursday’s, was one of togetherness, and the subject of Solidarity with Norwich Migrants was to affirm unity and support all Norwich residents. As with the Norwich Stays rally, there were a variety of different aims and focuses of the individual speakers and attendees.

Under one of City Hall’s famous bronze lions, a banner read “Refugees Welcome/Let Them In” and several people brought along posters showing their support for migration. One demonstrator brought a large model of a safety pin, an image which has come to symbolise support for migrants in the wake of the rise…

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Article 50. Our Letter to the Government.

Listen up to what the lawyers have to say!

Waiting for Godot

Earlier today I tweeted out the text of an email I’d sent to those who had helped fund this Crowd Justice campaign.

I promised to name the legal team you had funded and reproduce a copy of our letter to the Government.

Our legal team (in alphabetical order) is as follows (with further names to be added).

Paul Bowen QCGerry Facenna QCBen Jaffey, John HalfordTim JohnstonHelen Mountfield QC and Jack Williams (who will soon practice from here).

The letter reads as follows.

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Norwich Stays: A Review

Excellent. Many thanks Tony for your thorough account of this historical day. True Democracy begins with honesty. I also wrote a review (with less details and more based on impressions).
MY REVIEW ON THE RALLY PRO-EU IN NORWICH ON THE 7.07.16
The mood was somber, the atmosphere heavy, lightened up by some humorous placards that spoke volume on this farce of the very regrettable EU Referendum which should have never taken place in the first place.
I applaud the remarkable work that Tom Johnson and Emily Cutler have undertaken by creating the Norwich Stays movement and as soon as the day after, they continue the movement changing its name to Norwich and Norfolk Stays. It’s heart warming that there are such active inspirational youth taking charge of their future following their vision of a fairer society. Their organisational skills and their resilience are owe inspiring.
We had some great speakers. I specially admired the powerful speech from Katy Jon Went who is very knowledgeable and a passionate campaigner. Thank you also for the very supportive speech by our Norwich Counselor Alan Waters. The team effort and coordination among those involved was energizing.
We had a fantastic turn out of around 1,500 people. The press recorded the event on T.V. BBC news and in the EDP 24.
Norwich Stays changed its name to Norwich and Norfolk Stays. We are growing and spreading nationally.
Is the attitude towards politic changing? Is there a shift being infiltrated into our society? Ask yourself, are you going to remain cynical about the whole thing? Are you going to accept the letter from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office? Are you going to try to reach a deeper level of understanding or just get on with your routine and just leave it to some fraudulent politicians at the top to deal with it?
We should never give up hope. Whatever route we’ve taken, whatever route we take we should have a choice.
Is my slim ‘proportional representation’ still representing democracy? Should True democracy be redefined too?
True Democracy begins with honesty.
I’ve read somewhere that it is not the politicians, it’s the believers who made all the difference in history.

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On Thursday 7th July 2016, it has been reported that over a thousand residents of Norwich and its surrounding areas gathered to listen to a range of eight pro-EU speakers in front of City Hall.

Perhaps the most remarkable thing was that the event, entitled Norwich Stays, had been organised by two young people, Emily Cutler and Tom Johnston, who had expected a “couple of hundred” attendees at most when they first decided on the need for a rally.

IMG_9210 (1).JPGMy View
Amidst all of the buzzing online discussion I wanted to describe my own experience of attending the event. Perched on the raised concrete to the side of City Hall’s famous steps, I had a good view of the assembled crowd, many of whom were resplendent with painted faces, flags and placards.

What united us was no more complicated or nuanced than a common love of Europe, be it for…

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Are we OK, you and I, after you voted to destroy my dreams?

Sharing your thoughts Andrew. There is a chance to keep UK in EU. https://www.change.org/p/last-and-only-option-left-to-keep-the-uk-in-eu-stop-article-50-from-being-invoked  #remaininEU #remain #article 50

Andrew Reid Wildman, artist, photographer, writer, teacher

I feel like someone has taken something dear to me, my identity, my connection to my continent, and they have killed it. If you voted Leave, I hope you are prepared to take responsibility for what you have done, and that you do not regret it. It is over to you now, to sort out. Some friends view my reaction as an affront. That I am ‘dissing” them. It is not. It is just that you have killed something that was precious to me. You have created a country around me that I do not recognise, which feels broken and insular. That was your right to do that, you voted the way you thought was best. And you won and I lost. But in so doing you destroyed something. Many of you are now regretting your vote. Save your tears, I do not want to hear them lest I scream…

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the day after the night before – jumping in (again)

Not Writing But Blogging

Lots of people I know are tired, upset and worried today.
Some people I know are furious.
Some people are resigned.
And yes, I even know a few people who are very happy indeed.

Personally, this is not the election result I wanted.
Mind you, even a Labour landslide would have had me worried – and I say that as a Labour voter. I’m tired of adversarial politics. Of politics and politicians that do not reflect the diverse world in which we live. I do support parliamentary democracy (ie, I don’t know of any revolutions, even non-violent ones, that have worked for all of the people all of the time), but I think what really matters now is what we do next, what we EACH do next.

Here’s what I’m going to do now :
– keep working on, promoting, sharing, and developingFun Palaces. Fun Palaces are about…

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