British MEP: call to (metaphorical) arms
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The opposition to hard Brexit, messy Brexit, or any sort of Brexit at all is coalescing at Westminster and across the country.
Tens of thousands Unite for Europe campaigners marched through central London to Westminster in March – Financial Times
The arrival of the Great Repeal Bill in the House of Commons is the signal for a bitter autumn. Opposition includes:
- the All Party Parliamentary Group led by Anna Soubry and Chuka Umuna coordinating parliamentary opposition, and aiming to keep us in the single market to protect our economy;
- the former Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer (Labour) and former attorney-general Dominic Grieve (Conservative) leading the charge against the granting to ministers of sweeping powers to rewrite laws with minimal scrutiny from parliament;
- when the bill reaches the House of Lords, the Law Lords are expected to back them up;
- across the country there is a coalition of anti-Brexit groups, increasingly working together. A coalition of such groups are raising funds for a ‘Fight Brexit War Chest’;
- marches and rallies to be held at the Labour Party conference in Brighton;
- a rally and street party at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester
- and a mass lobby of Parliament in October.
The MEP, Molly Scott Cato, believes that the future of our country is at stake; those of us who form the majority and who wish the UK to be a welcoming and compassionate society, should continue to challenge ‘poisonous narratives’ around migration, make the economic and social case for continued freedom of movement. and use the power and influence we have to best advantage to limit the damage, soften the Tories’ Brexit, and – if possible – reverse the damaging decision taken in June last year.
Next: ’50 secret studies’ the government has undertaken into the impacts of Brexit.