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August 2017

Guest Blog: Are we even British anymore?

By | August 8th, 2017|Updates|

As we approach the widely publicised series of anti-Brexit events dubbed the ‘Autumn of Discontent’ I have been thinking about the seismic shifts in the way that ‘we’ Brits deal with unfairness, dissatisfaction and inequity. Up until fairly recently, the British were renowned for our long and grand tradition of not making a fuss, not creating a scene and definitely NOT moaning………

I clearly remember a time when people would rather risk salmonella poisoning by eating a meal of undercooked chicken in a restaurant rather than send it back for fear of ‘appearing rude’.

In fact, so reluctant were the British to openly complain about anything, that the BBC established a programme called ‘Points of View’ so that disgruntled television viewers could air their TV scheduling and content grievances in complete anonymity.

In a similar tradition was ‘That’s Life!’. How else could ‘Nauseated of Kent’ vent her spleen after having to choke down a bowl of soup in her local Berni Inn with what can only be described as something resembling a pubic hair floating in its potagey meniscus? ‘It was a family meal’ wrote Nauseated ‘and I didn’t want to make a scene or spoil the evening’.

A furious and strongly worded letter of complaint to be read out by Ester Rantzen following a segment about amusingly phallic shaped aubergines was the only acceptable recourse back in the day.

Expressing dissatisfaction openly or (heaven forbid) protesting is unquestionably inconsistent with the ‘British’ way of doing things, where the stiff upper lip was the quintessential national modus operandi.

Insofar as the referendum can be considered a revolution, it was a very ‘British’ one.

The unhappy, disaffected and hitherto effectively disenfranchised (mainly because of an inexplicable elector predilection to vote Tory) queued up ready to place a X in the box that would broadcast a gargantuan collective wail of unhappiness about the state of the UK, the only means to express a seemingly ubiquitous grave societal dysphoria.

As is evident though, ‘the people’ were led to give the middle finger salute to the wrong establishment. A mendacious posse of vainglorious fabulists with their eyes firmly on self-aggrandisement and their own bank balances saw to that.

As vociferous objectors and dissenters loudly articulated their fury about the referendum, its architects and as Professor Michael Dougan has described the Leave campaign’s “dishonesty on an industrial scale” the term ‘Remoaner’ was born. Rather than being correctly perceived as an essential and integral component of a well-functioning democracy, ‘Remoaning’ is a distinctly un-British ‘crime’.

A crime so heinous as to be on a par with treason, with sabotage and with being an enemy of the people and of democracy itself. The Remoaning criminals, according to some commentators – including a UKIP counsellor – should be shot, or hanged, or crushed, or at the very least banished to mainland Europe…… This kind of jingoistic rhetoric has been designed to silence the dissenters. It has failed.

The ‘Autumn of Discontent’ events bear testament to that. The Remain movement continues to be motivated and organised and retains its commitment to robustly interrogate the raison d’être of Brexit and to fight against the social, economic and cultural abomination that is leaving the EU.

Remoaners know that Ann Robinson’s sardonic delivery cannot help them now. We are looking forward to the marches and other events, eagerly anticipating banding together with other like minds and hearts to show that Remain is far from defeated and will steadfastly expose the lies and deceit by opposing Brexit to the bitter end.

May I suggest, though, that we Remoaners avoid the Berni Inn for any post-event socials? And if that’s not possible, I’d strongly advise against the soup.

Thank you to Andrea Carol for this great

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Vince Cable is right, the youth have been robbed of their future

By | August 7th, 2017|Updates|

Veteran politician and newly elected leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable, has recently said the ‘Older generation with nostalgia for the empire has shafted Britain’s youth’ – Link to that article HERE

This is a sweeping statement and one that totally ignores the large crowd of older remain voters, who I’m sure would like to remind Vince that they exist.

However, in a country where the media is filled with sweeping statements and soundbites, is a quote like this really all that surprising?

Being on the Remain side thought, and given the statistics we now know, it is easy to see how this quote might ring true.

A large proportion of the older, eligible electorate voted in favour of leaving, which would explain Vince’s thoughts completely.

But if you look deeper into the leave camp’s echo chambers, you will read endless comments about how the youth simply don’t respect what the older generation has fought for.

Those who say the youth don’t respect what their grandparents fought for, are simply trying to find reasons to knock them because they don’t want to accept reality.

Nowhere in the Remain camp, has anyone ever suggested that the youth aren’t grateful for the sacrifices their grandparents made in an era of great loss and suffering.

It is, with the past in mind, that the youth of today are inspired by the European Union.

Being nostalgic and looking back on the good times is something both sides of the EU debate can agree on, but suggesting that we should revert back to old ways and cower away from inclusivity, openness, and tolerance is the sole reason most of today’s youth continue to fight for membership of the European Union.

The EU symbolises those very things, inclusivity, openness, and tolerance and promotes a forward thinking attitude towards the world we must strive for. If only small steps, admittedly with bumps in the road, the EU is leading the way for a better world and simply raising the white flag and calling it a day is not only a monumental act of self-harm, but a real stab in the back for those who will eventually inherit a place less like the one they really want.

For all of those reasons, the youth have every right to be upset and angry with the result of the referendum.

One young Remain voter said “We will continue to fight back against the servile and inaccurate reporting of the UK’s media, and will do all we can to forge a more prosperous future”

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July 2017

Marches & Events – how and where to get more involved

By | July 31st, 2017|Updates|

It has now been over 12 months since the flawed and dishonest referendum of June 2016, which left millions of British citizens and millions of UK and EU nationals’ futures hanging in the balance.

With a total lack of discernment from the leave genus, in relation to any possible consequence of leaving, we have found ourselves fighting this wild and chaotic outcome on our own!

So, in order to make an impact, we must band together, now more than ever. Below, we have listed all the important events coming up, which will create an impact on the country.

Please check them all out, and join any groups, pages and help fund any events or marches too.

We are, unfortunately, on our own but we have some amazing, talented and dedicated individuals on board, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience who are assisting us every step of the way.

#StopBrexit

Manchester March (October)

London March (Peoples March 4 EU)

No.10 Vigil (Boat Party) – London

Stop Brexit – Bournemouth

Labour Party Conference – Stop Brexit March – Brighton

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April 2017

I’m a lefty, liberal, elitist snowflake, apparently – Guest Blog

By | April 4th, 2017|Updates|

A lot of my time these days, is spent engaging in discussion on Pro-EU and cross-party political forums. Having spent the past few months campaigning to keep the UK in the EU, I have been involved in both sides of the discussion. Be it commenting on the inaccuracies and contradictions of the leave campaign, or the demagoguery style politics of Trumps America. Whilst being very vocal and open about my views, I have resisted when it comes to name calling, this is not an effective way of convincing people to challenge their biases, or reconsider their judgement. However, I have fallen victim, many times, to the abuse and name calling of my politically engaged counterparts.

One of my favourite names, “remoaner”, is a term that I quite like. I’d rather have a moan and get things done, than be a quitter and destroy decades of progress. This isn’t, however, the only name I am called. To quote an angry brexiteer, i’m a “lefty, liberal, elitist snowflake”. I have to admit, I was shocked at first, then confused, then I reaslised, some people don’t really care who you are, as long as you fit their personal view, their biases.

So, am I a lefty, liberal, elitist snowflake? The simple answer is, well, no. Let’s address the first part, am I a lefty? I voted for the conservatives in the last general election (Not a Theresa Supporter), I have liberal views and I don’t consider myself to be a lefty. I am positioned more central in the political spectrum. So, no, I am not a “lefty”. Now, lets talk about the liberal part. Am I liberal? Yes, I have liberal views. I am a member of the Liberal Democrats. Okay, next part, i’ll break this bit up for simplicity. Am I “Elitist”? The simple answer is no. I’m 22, I live in a small metropolis (citation needed) called Torquay in the English Riviera, located in South Devon, a deprived town hit hard by the governments austerity policies. I was born into a family who aren’t politically engaged, who are working class and who don’t like the Tories. So, I don’t fit the bill. I don’t have a degree, I work at an Indian restaurant whilst I reintroduce myself into education and I volunteer as part of a large pro-EU group. So there we have it, the stereotype has been cracked. I’m far from being elitist. So, finally, am I a snowflake? This term has adapted over the years but still has strong connotations to sensitivity, which is used as a retort to folk who usually disagree with the angry Brexiteers. Well, I’m not a sensitive person, I take offense to offensive things like the spreading of hate, racism, homophobia and xenophobia. Does this make me a snowflake? I don’t think so. Is having compassion and caring about fellow humans a bad thing? No.

So, these terms, elitist, snowflake, liberal, are they bad, do they mean we are terrible people? No. The Brexiteers, the Trumpets, the Le Penner’s, they just don’t like you but that’s okay. Because if we continue to do what we do, regardless of their petty name calling, eventually, they will get bored. Unlike the petulant and childish behaviour of the extreme far-right, our movement has been extraordinary. 100,000 people marched in London to protest Brexit, with no arrests made what so ever. Only a few days after, with a small gathering of 300 people during an EDL march, 14 arrests were made. We have consistently shown our maturity on political matters, giving a voice to those who oppose dangerous political decisions. We can continue to fight poor decisions without having to genuflect to Theresa May and her mental institution in Westminster, paving the way for future generations to prosper, in the EU.

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Guest Blog: Slightly Drunk Brexiteer

By | April 2nd, 2017|Updates|

Occasionally, we hear some great stories from inside our closed group. This morning, we got another fantastic one which is too good not to share. So, here it is…

“Slightly drunk Brexiteer on the train home last night, loudly discussing their celebrating Independence meal with his wife, among other general complaints about life, immigration etc.

‘Ah well’ he says ‘only a few more years and we can move to Spain…’
Small woman sitting opposite me, who must have been 90 at least, dressed to the nines, clearly on way home from the theatre, leans over and says to the couple,
‘Excuse me. You won’t be able to move to Spain, that’s in Europe and you’ve voted to leave.

It’s called freedom of movement and you’ve cleverly voted to take us out of the EU. And anyway, the very least you can do, now you’ve voted to take us out of a peace inducing closer cooperation with our neighbours, is have the decency to stick around and live with the consequences. You can’t just fuck up the country and then fuck off’

She got a round of applause…”

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March 2017

25,000 Signatures & The Letter to Theresa May

By | March 30th, 2017|Updates|

After launching our ‘Article 50: Not in my name’ petition on Change.org, signatures have mounted to 25,000.

The letter we shall send to Theresa May can be found below:

Dear Theresa May (UK Prime Minister)

I would like to address a problem which has manifested itself within your decision to withdraw the UK from the European Union.

As you are aware, the Leave campaign whipped up xenophobic and racist sentiment, in an attempt to convince people that our so called “immigration problem” could be solved by leaving the European Union, when quite the contrary is true. Leave campaigned ruthlessly, driven by lies, deceit and scapegoating, and were propped up by popular right-wing national media. This has divided our great nation and contributed to a rise in hate crime.

17.4M people voting to leave, does not represent the combined ‘will of the British people’. Scotland and Northern Ireland voted in huge numbers to remain, with 70% of young people, whose futures are now at risk, also voting to remain. With large swathes of the population voting to remain, our voices are not being heard.

We, members of the 48% and those beyond that statistic, including EU citizens living here and UK citizens living abroad, are wholly against the principles of the leave campaign and the ideologues who thrived on the divisiveness of that very campaign.

Below, are the signatures of (X) people who wish not to be included in your vision for the UK outside of the EU. We are asking that you refrain from including us, the 48 and beyond and the signatories of this petition in your attempts to convince the Union that the British people are behind you.

Moving forward, upon your recommendation, the 48% will unite, we shall unite against a Britain outside of the EU and shall continue the battle to retain the UK’s membership of the European Union.

Signed 48 And Beyond and X People

Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition. We aim to deliver the letter to Theresa at downing street personally and live-stream this to our page.

Keep sharing the petition, the more signatures we receive, the greater the impact will be.

Petition: Article 50: Not In My Name

– 48 and Beyond

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Brexit: Not in my name – Sign the petition

By | March 29th, 2017|Uncategorized, Updates|

Theresa May has started the process for leaving the European Union, a dismal time for Remainers.

As the negotiations begin, Theresa and co keep referring to the 48% and including us in her ‘unity’ speeches, stating that we are on her side.

Well, we are not. Not only do we not see the narrow view of the world that you do, but we don’t support Brexit one bit.

Below is a link to a petition, where you can let Theresa know that she is alone in thinking she has our support.

Head over to the link, sign the petition and we’ll deliver it to her personally once we have enough signatures.

Change.org Petition – Sign Here

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Article 50 triggered: but we will not give up

By | March 28th, 2017|Updates|

Theresa May has signed the letter that will begin the UK’s departure from the European Union.

The notice has been written as part of Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, which will now be delivered to the president of the European council, Donald Tusk.

For many of you, this might seem like the end, but for many of us, this is just the beginning.

Negotiations between the UK and the EU will span almost 2 years, with David Davis, Boris Johnson and Theresa May at the forefront of it all.

For remainers, it’s just the beginning. With a potential 2 year span, we have ample opportunity to act.

Theresa May and our despondent government might be ignoring millions of British voters and refusing to guarantee the rights of expats and EU citizens living here in the UK but, for how long?

Even though article 50 has been triggered, despite the completely irrational and incomprehensible decision to do so, we must continue to do everything within our power to convince fellow voters that brexit can be stopped.

48 and beyond is now fast approaching 100,000 members and followers across its entire network, with the group now containing almost 60,000 members alone.

This gives us an edge, helping to bring like minded people together to fight this madness.

If you have not joined a local group, you can do so by joining the group and asking for your constituency link.

In order to properly fight back and limit the chances of a hard, damaging Brexit, we must engage now more than ever.

The march in London on Saturday reinvigorated the 48% and proved that despite all that has been said and done over the past few months, we are not going to roll over and forget about this.

Our futures, the futures of our children and our grandchildren are at stake and we must do all that we can to protect that.

Remember, things will get tough over the next couple of years, but if we continue to do what we have been for the past 9 months, we can stop Brexit.

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The best placards from ‘Unite for Europe’ March

By | March 27th, 2017|Updates|

On March 25th, an estimated 100,000 people marched to parliament to protest Brexit.

Naturally, there were a good selection of hilarious placards. We have chosen a few of our favourites below

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“The March will go ahead” – Statement from event organisers

By | March 22nd, 2017|Updates|

As of today, 5 people are thought to have lost their lives with over 40 people being seriously injured including the attacker. The attack has been likened to similar terrorist attacks in Europe in the past, this said, however, the police aren’t releasing any further information regarding the attack until further inquiries have been made.

The 48 And Beyond would like to offer our heartfelt wishes to all those involved in the incident in London today and we are with you in spirit.

The news comes at an unfortunate time as, this Saturday, thousands of people are expected to march through London to protest Brexit.

The March is set to start at 11:00 am on Saturday morning, spanning 1 mile across central London and occupying most of Parliament square.

With the recent developments in London, many Remainers are worried that the event may have to be postponed or may be canceled altogether.

The march does appear, however, to be going ahead.

A spokesperson from the event organisers, Unite for Europe said:

“Dear All,

Unite for Europe are deeply saddened by today’s events. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.

Understandably we are receiving many questions regarding the march on Saturday.

The march and rally will go ahead. We have contingency plans in place should the route need to change.

Regarding concerns of safety, the police will be on high alert for some time and we are cooperating fully with the authorities to reduce any possible risks.

At times like these, we should not be afraid to show the world that peace and unity will always prevail. Our strength is our courage to make our collective voice heard. This is more important than ever. This march is our way of showing our support for these principles and the European project.

Unite for Europe team”

Please remember to take extra care in London on Saturday if you are attending the march, police presence will be heightened for safety reasons.

We will keep you updated on any developments as and when they happen, please remember to like the page to stay up to date.

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