Unite for Europe
National march to Parliament
March 25th 2017 11am
Park Lane / Hyde Park
• What’s the message?
We want to remain in the European Union!We value the peace, friendships, relationships, rights, business & academic collaborations, economic prosperity and outward-looking attitude that European Union membership delivers; it’s best for the UK.
• What can we achieve?
We can embolden our elected representatives. The vast majority of our MPs support our membership of the European Union, but they need to know that we still do too – and just how many votes there are in adopting a pro-EU position. There is a long, unpredictable, road ahead that Parliament will have some (hopefully much!) control over; with our vocal support, they can stop Brexit.We can change minds. As the damage of Brexit reveals itself over the coming months, we can help sway public opinion with our demonstration of support for the European Union and all its benefits.We can send a message of goodwill to our European friends and neighbours.
• What do we need money for?
We need money for two main reasons: the essential costs for the provision of a march of this scale, and an advertising campaign. We need to create a buzz that will attract attendees and media attention and ensure a massive turnout. Only a large turnout will send a strong message that we will not stand for Brexit and that our voices must be heard.
Essential costs of march:
Security fees £2,000
first aid kits £300
National advertising campaign:
Ads in national newspapers – £9,000
National Rail and London Underground ad campaign £10,000 for campaign of 2-3 weeks across circa 150 sites
Other ads including banners, badges, leaflets and flyers – e.g. we’ve already invested £600 in 20,000 leaflets, we need £600 for 20,000 more – £2,000
GRAND TOTAL: £31,259
We will be sharing all invoices and expense receipts for all purchases and any remaining funds will be donated to charity or invested in a later pro-EU initiative with your consent.
• Why 25th March 2017?
Unite for Europe is timed to coincide with the UK Government’s stated intention to trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017. We anticipate that due legal and Parliamentary process will prevent this happening significantly sooner.
March 25th 2017 is the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which established the European Economic Community.
Everybody who wants to must be able to attend this march. March 25th allows expats and those in more far-flung regions of the UK time to arrange their transport to London. Additionally, if Unite for Europe were held sooner, the wintery weather of January and February would pose a risk to the success of the march.
• What’s the route?
We will be marching to Parliament. The exact route will be finalised when we have an indication of the number of marchers attending. The start location will be advertised here, on the Unite for Europe website and Twitter account, and in the national press.
• What should I bring?
Colourful flags or banners! The more positive the better – let’s show our EU love!
Layers of clothing, including waterproofs. Wear blue and yellow! Snacks and (non-alcoholic) drinks.
• Contact Us
Unite for Europe is being organised by a collaboration between several pro-EU groups, representing a broad spectrum across the UK and also expatriates. If you have any questions, suggestions, or if you or your local group would like to get involved, please contact us via: