What can you do? A lot more than you think probably!
What follows is a list of positive actions you can take to keep the Remain voice heard in Parliament and the media. It is vital to keep the conversation going. Silence IS acceptance. So please do as much as you can, as often as you can.
Please help spread the word about and take part in two very important events coming up soon:
A day of action in support of EU citizens and migrant workers in the UK. Read more here.
A march to Parliament on SATURDAY 25th MARCH organised by ‘Unite For Europe’. Please be part of it! We have to make this the biggest march in the UK’s history. We have one chance to have our voices heard en masse and this is it. PLEASE sign up here.
Don’t miss out! Action 48 will keep you up to date with protests and events coming up. Sign up to register for their newsletter.
WRITE TO MPs. This is absolutely crucial. We all need to be doing this regularly, and not just to our own. Pester them regularly!
Write to MPs (your own and as many others as you can) with letters and/or emails asking them to vote against triggering Article 50.
For information here is a list of those who are believed to be planning to vote against. Please show them support!
This site is a good way to contact MPs. You don’t even need to know who your MP is! Just pop in your postcode and it’ll take it from there. Otherwise you can just simply google them. They all have a parliamentary webpage with their contact details.
Write to Theresa May too. Tell her how you feel.
This letter template portal has been set up to help you, and using parts of A C Grayling’s letters (below) is a good idea.
Linking Professor A C Grayling’s brilliant letter to all 650 MPs in your email is a good idea in your letters to both the Lords and MPs. This article publishing the answer he received and his response to it is also extremely useful.
Before writing I would strongly recommend making yourself a nice cup of tea and settling back to listen to his recent brilliant speech to the Bristol for Europe group. He makes all the remain arguments superbly, and it really helped me to formulate my thoughts clearly when engaging with MPs. You need to allow yourself about 45mins.
WRITE TO THREE LORDS A DAY
Arguably one of the best hopes for blocking Brexit, according to many accounts dismayed at what is happening, and with a lot of sympathy for our cause. They have asked to hear from us.
This PDF contains their personal email addresses. NB: you can only send six identical messages to the generic addresses in a 48hr period. More than that and they block you!
DONATE to the billboard campaign – ‘From the 48% to Theresa May’. This is really taking off and is a superb idea. Details here.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR HIGH-PROFILE REMAINERS
Simply showing online support via Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #tweetthemnice to high profile supporters helps enormously from a morale-boosting point of view. They receive death threats and a lot of vile online abuse as a result, so putting their heads above the parapet is a very brave thing to do in many cases.
Show your support for very fabulous GINA MILLER on her linkedin page.
Show your support for NICOLA STURGEON.
The following people could also use our support. These are a mixture of MPs who have said they will vote against A50 (see above under ‘MPs’ for a more up-to-date list), and high-profile figures who have either told the truth about the negative impacts of Brexit and/or have been vocal in their condemnation of the pro-Brexit hate press. The list is in no particular order and is far from exhaustive. Just google them to find out who’s said what … and crucially, whether they’re still saying it!
Catherine Bearder MEP is an ardent pro-European and a strong supporter of the associate citizenship proposal.
David Attenborough. David Attenborough c/o David Attenborough Productions Ltd, 5 Park Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6NS.
Here is a list of MPs who voted against the Labour motion in December 2016. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-article-50-vote-labour-motion-parliament-theresa-may-plan-a7462546.html
If you support Lib Dems pro-EU stance, let them know.
… and anyone else you become aware of over time.
James O’Brien on LBC: your daily dose of sanity.
Do yourself a favour and check out some of what James has been saying about Brexit over the last few months. Believe me, you won’t regret it. Here’s a taster.
SUPPORT ‘Stop Funding Hate’
This powerful video sums up what they are trying to do.
When you are aware of a company who claims to be ethical (such as John Lewis, for example) advertising in ‘The Daily Express’, ‘The Sun’ or ‘The Daily Mail’ leave polite requests on their Facebook pages, by email, letter or Twitter asking them to stop and saying you won’t shop with them until they do.
John Lewis, Waitrose and M&S are currently being targeted by campaigners.
Linking the above video on the comments page of their FB page or tweeting it works well, and is very quick and easy to do.
Please sign this petition too.
GET YOUR VOICE HEARD IN The Guardian
They want to hear from us here. NB : can be anonymous.
JOIN More United
A people-powered movement to change politics.
TALK TO LEAVE VOTERS
The Brexit Cafe (a closed Facebook group) is a place to have supportive chats between Remain-supporting and Leave-supporting people. Talking to people (calmly and respectfully) about their decision to leave may help change their minds, and this will mean more likelihood of government voting against Article 50 as they will see that public opinion has shifted.
FIND ALTERNATIVE MEDIA SOURCES
If you’re getting all your Brexit information from the BBC and other mainstream media you could be forgiven for thinking that Remainers have gone silent. Discover a world of slightly more balanced media (some clearly left-leaning, admittedly) amongst these sources:
BUY The New European
It’s a great read! If you can’t find it, ask your newsagent to stock it.
COMPLAIN to IPSO
Write regularly to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) about articles in the gutter press. Some may argue this is a waste of time as they never seem to take the complaints further but this is all about shouting louder! So if you see an outrageous lie or a headline in the tabloid press that you feel is inciting racial hatred, then complain to IPSO. Inundate them with complaints. You won’t be spoilt for choice! You can do that here.
COMPLAIN to 4th Viscount Rothemere, Jonathan Harmsworth – owner of The Daily Mail
Rumoured to be uncomfortable with the paper’s content, so worth contacting him to ask him how he sleeps at night. Write to: Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, London, W8 5TT.
COMPLAIN to the BBC about their weak coverage of all things Brexit
It’s a straightforward process and they always respond. The more people complain instead of just muttering under their breath at the radio or shouting at the TV in frustration, the more they will take note and things may start to change. You can do that here.
GET ON TV!
Go on the BBC’s Question Time, and ask a question! One the best way to get our voices literally heard in the mainstream media. Here’s the application form.
TAKE TO THE STREETS!
Go on a march. There are lots coming up. See this calendar for details.
Sign up to Vote For Europe here. Tactical voting for pro-EU Parliamentary candidates can stop Brexit in its tracks.
Really good blogs from around the country containing a wealth of interesting info. Many more to follow!
If you witness or experience this, please make sure that you report it. No reporting means the statistics fall.
Follow up the report by writing to all your local officials via this portal and if you can, write to the local and national press as well.
This Facebook page contains some more ideas, not all listed here.
Local Groups join one or set up your own!
DONATE to the LEGAL CHALLENGES
Marcus J Ball is trying to bring unscrupulous politicians to account for their actions during the referendum campaign. You can support him and learn more here.
BOYCOTT PRO-BREXIT BUSINESSES
Hit them where it hurts. Wetherspoons, Next, Dyson, Timpsons currently top the list.
This Wikipedia list (reliability of source unknown so do please research further to check the claims!) may be helpful when choosing who to boycott.
Play ‘hide the papers’
Cover up The Sun, The Daily Express and The Daily Mail with any other non-gutter press publication in newsagents and supermarkets so they’re not visible. Works on two levels. No sensationalist headlines to catch the eye and fewer papers being bought. It’s REALLY satisfying!
Hundreds of people have written about how the referendum has personally affected them. Add your story here.
BBC ONLINE – click on the ‘good news’ stories
Click through to any stories which contain news about the negative impact of Brexit, or report a success for the remain campaign.
This keeps them on the front page and ensures they gain maximum exposure.
ART for EU
Artists have been making pro-EU cards and writing EU facts on the back. They’ve been leaving them in cafés, on public transport and in loos. Inside ‘The Daily Mail’ is proving particularly popular! Others have had business cards printed with the EU flag on one side and some facts on the back. Find out more about getting involved here.
BUY “Go Back To Where You Came From” and other pro-EU merchandise
Support Remain campaigner and all-round talented creative, Madeleina Kay’s beautifully written and illustrated children’s story book. Suitable for 7 – 11 year olds. Proceeds to a refugee charity in the UK.
She also sells pro-EU badges and Christmas cards.
Tell the people who need to know what you think. Get your voice heard. Some great ideas and downloadable templates here.
SIGN THE PETITIONS
At 10k signatures, the Government is obliged to provide a response. At 100k signatures, the Government must consider the petition for debate.
Join the EU Petitions website and support this petition (registration takes about 5 minutes)
And finally … get your EU facts straight!
Michael Dougan, Professor of European Constitutional Law at the University of Liverpool explains all the issues in these two must-watch videos. There is more from the marvellous Michael on the home page.