Newsletter 1: 18 Jun 2017

Hello and welcome to everyone in the group.  We held our inaugural meeting on Saturday 17/06/17, where we formed a management committee of three volunteers, signed off our constitution and have begun a series of tasks including setting up Facebook group, email address, bank account, design a leaflet and planning a Euro-party.

Swindon was described as a ‘Brexit stronghold’ after the referendum, so we aim to carry the torch for Remain here, create a support network for committed Remainers here, support neighbouring Remain groups in their events,  eventually create our own campaigns, and invite neighbouring groups to support us in these.

WHAT WE STAND FOR, as this is our first newsletter, and a description of our group is in order …

Swindon for Europe is a cross party, grass roots campaign group whose aim is to stop Brexit. We don’t promote or endorse any one political party.  We’re just a group of concerned citizens, like you.  We’re concerned that our democracy has been hijacked to serve the interests of a privileged few.  We’re concerned about the tone of the debate and rhetoric that started the referendum.  We want to stop Brexit.

We are passionate Europeans.  We believe that as a European nation, we should be at the heart of Europe.  We must continue to work together with our European neighbours to secure peace and security in Europe and tackle borderless issues i.e. the environment.  We benefit greatly from the exchange of trade, skills, knowledge and investment within the EU.

We believe that our children’s futures would be better served by remaining part of the EU. Our vast EU citizens’ rights cannot be just stripped away from us.  Given that Article 50 has been triggered, an outline of the negotiations and the resulting deal be made public.  This deal should be subject to a free vote by MPs in Parliament or a second referendum.

We’re planning a little get together for whoever can make it on Saturday 15th July from 3pm, including a bit of low key fundraising, food from Europe, a tombola, maybe a Euro cat walk, Euro disco music, betting on a clockwork train, etc.

If you have any skills or resources you think you can offer, please come forward. If you know anyone who’d like to join us but doesn’t do FB, they can email us here on: wiltshireforeurope@gmail.com