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The 1066 branch of the European Movement has been set up to give people living in the Bexhill/Battle and Hastings/Rye constituencies - of all political persuasions - the chance to meet together at a local level as well as the opportunity to campaign for a People's Vote on the final Brexit deal. 

Please help to STOP BREXIT by joining the Peoples Vote protest march in London on

Saturday 19th October 2019.

We want this to be the biggest such event ever.

Please follow this link to sign up!

Suggested trains from our area and meeting places will be detailed here nearer the time.

 

On this site, we  make available Articles, Reports and other Factual Information, such as:

        

To become a Member of the 1066 branch of the European Movement UK, it is first necessary to join the National Branch - stating your postcode - which will automatically add you to our database (provided you live in either the Bexhill and Battle or Hastings and Rye Constituency). 

Click on the button below to join the European Movement. Membership bands from £3 per month

  • From the blog

    1066 March 4 Change - 20 July

    Despite some awful weather forecasts in the preceding days and the start of the school holidays, big crowds gathered at noon in Park Lane last Saturday. As publicity had been limited everyone was pleasantly surprised by the turnout - given the inevitably short timescale to protest against the seemingly unstoppable coronation of “Boris” -. Yet it was on a scale that enabled us all to march comfortably all the way to Parliament Square and hear the excellent speeches (and music!)

    1066 Branch was delighted to have the new EM campaign banner – vividly stating “I’m a European!” It drew great attention as we waited in Park Lane. We were delighted to be joined by three ladies from Bath for Europe to help carry it – essential given the size! While we were waiting, we handed out huge wadges of the new EM leaflets round the March. They flew out of our hands!

    A great aura permeated the warm streets of London – with a wonderful feeling of togetherness by an amazingly diverse crowd. But it was tinged with a slightly harder edge this time - people like us will not permit such a folly as Brexit to happen – many banners called for “revolt”.

    Together, we marched to Parliament Square and managed to hold up our banner at the foot of the Churchill Statue. Judging by his great European speeches founding the European Movement, he would have approved thoroughly!

    Most encouragingly, we Remainers are clearly getting kitted up for demos now – judging by the intensity of flags, hats, whistles etc. The whistling outside Downing Street was almost painful in its intensity. Clearly, our people are thirsting for action... the European Movement must slake that thirst or “the people” will go elsewhere as Remainers have obviously acquired a taste for “marching” - and now have the kit to make a big impact, visually and by sound.

    Many people on the train back to Hastings were wearing their own stickers with pride.  Next time, we must have visible EM stickers and take the opportunity to leaflet the trains going up and back.

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    Views from Brussels about extending the 31 Oct deadline ..

    .. we must make our voice heard

    In Brussels this week to attend the 40 th anniversary of the Kangaroo Group – founded to provide the initial impetus to what became the Single Market just a few year later. Of course, Brexit is near the top of everyone’s concerns – but fatigue is surely setting in. What do the worker-bees in the Brussels’ bubble think about giving us another extension? They would really like us to stay….but if the extension is just to waste more time demanding a re-opening of the Withdrawal Agreement, then the eyes start rolling

    But what if there is a real purpose? Is it possible that we could decide we want to stay? And how would it be done? Anyway, the BBC tells us that Farage and his new Brexit party scored a major victory so you would lose another referendum… When I ask if they know that that “we” Remainers won the popular vote by about 55:45%, their eyes light up. I remind them of the March of the Million and the Petition of Six million in Six Weeks… ah yes, I had forgotten that! So perhaps a delay of say six months to allow a properly fought referendum to confirm Parliament’ decision?? Sounds reasonable – and good luck!

    If we are to get an extension so that the People’s Vote campaign can deliver a popular vote, then we need to keep making “Brussels” very aware that that there is a massive body of British society that is deeply opposed to any form of Brexit. Generating massive crowds in the centre of London is something “they” cannot fail to notice because the BBC will be obliged to report it to their desks. So the top priority right now is to make the March for Change a great success on July 20 th . That will also send a clear extra message that Remainers are staunch defenders of real democracy – already challenged across Europe by the authoritarian “populists”. If British democracy fails with just 0.25% of the electorate choosing the next Prime Minster, what hope elsewhere

    The key Brussels meeting will be on October 17 th when the European Council will decide what to do. That is the moment when they must have ringing in their ears the chants of Let us be Heard from many more than a Million in the centre of London, and from all round the country. “They” must be left in no doubt about that the growing majority of British citizens want the same as the European Movement: a strong Europe “with the United Kingdom playing a full part”.

    Graham Bishop is Vice-Chairman of European Movement UK and Board member of the Kangaroo Group.

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