Nottinghamshire People’s Vote campaigners taking part in a rally at the European Parliament in Brussels to show their no-holds-barred support for the EU.
More than 60 supporters from Yorkshire for Europe – ranging in age from 16 to 83 – will travel by coach, ferry and train before staging a rally in the EU capital on Tuesday, July 9th. Others will make their way independently from Northumberland, Nottinghamshire and the South East.
They’re being supported by the region’s three Remain-supporting MEPs and will be met by two of them Shaffaq Mohammed (Lib Dems) and Magid Magid (Greens) – as well as Jude Kirton-Darling, Labour MEP for the North East. East Midlands Liberal Democrat MEP Bill Newton Dunn has also agreed to meet the campaigners.
The rally will feature recitals of pro-European songs by the Yorkshire Remain Voice Choir – whose performances outside the Westminster Parliament have been broadcast around the world – accompanied by brass band players and other musicians. It will also be backed by Sheffield musician and campaigner, Madeleina Kay (2018 Young European of the Year), and Brussels-based singers and activists.
Yorkshire for Europe is a newly-formed alliance of 14 citizens’ groups in the Yorkshire & the Humber region campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU. One of the organisers, Louise Houghton, chair of People’s Vote South & West Yorkshire, said: “We’re travelling to the European capital to welcome our great new MEPs and to send a clear message to Brussels and the world – that we wholeheartedly support the EU and want to stay.
“We know that we speak for millions of people in our region and across the UK. While the Tory party continues to squabble about what sort of Brexit it wants – indulging in ever more ludicrous fantasies about hard Brexit – opinion polls now consistently show a clear majority for remaining in the EU.”
Richard Sadler, Chair of North Yorkshire for Europe, said: “It’s often forgotten that the EU was founded in the aftermath of the Second World War as a peace project – and it’s all about promoting peace, tolerance and co-operation.
“In these uncertain times our shared democratic values are under threat as never before so it’s more important than ever that the UK plays its part by working alongside – not against – our European friends and partners.”
Nick Crosby from Brussels-based campaign group, Pro Europa, said: “We’re delighted to support this initiative by Yorkshire for Europe. Citizens’ campaigning like this – that is fun, passionate and creative – is winning the hearts and minds of the British people and reminding our European partners that we want to stay.”
On Monday July 8th, campaigners will sing a
hymn and lay a garland of hand-knitted white roses in the Place Jo Cox. This
is the square in the Belgian capital dedicated to the memory of the Labour MP
for Batley & Spen, murdered by a right-wing fanatic in the run-up to the
2016 referendum. The group will also be visiting the European Parliament, as
well as the Committee of the Regions, to learn more about the EU’s democratic