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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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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

If you have any questions, please message us on Facebook – HERE

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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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February 2017

Why the government attempting to hustle us out of the EU

By | February 13th, 2017|Updates|

We must keep fighting to stop it

Theresa May is wholeheartedly dedicated to, in her own words, “delivering on a promise this government has made in response to the will of the British people”.

Now, although I admire her tenacity, her blind sightedness is causing a whirlpool of division and is posing a far greater threat to this country’s credibility and influence in Europe and across the world. Experts have warned about the impacts Brexit could have on our economy, yet May seems despondent, claiming it is “the will of the British people” to leave the European Union, a phrase that simply isn’t true. Of course, there are a few possible reasons for this bonkers thought process, but one, in particular, is party integrity.

The Conservatives had their marketing team create a fresh motto for the newly coronated Prime Minister, Theresa May. The motto, ‘A country that works for everyone’, was their attempt to reach out to the working class, the Labour voting crowd. It wasn’t emblazoned on a bright red bus, although it was printed onto her podiums and press backdrops. This move was a new approach to life under Theresa May, a new way of crushing the opposition and cementing future leadership for the Conservatives.

Okay, so the Conservatives are pushing through Brexit, but why? Well, it’s clear that if they don’t, they’ll lose their place at the top and suffer a huge drop in support when the next general election comes around. This means they’re catering decisions to help solidify the future of the party. The Labour party was always going to vote in favour of invoking Article 50, despite campaigning to Remain before the referendum. Labour are seen as the party for the working class, their support being built up from the angry population trying to fight off the so called Tory grip, the upper class, the elite; they can’t possibly vote against triggering article 50, they’re trying to gain back the trust of those who defected before the last General Election. A source from inside the Labour party was quoted as saying “The party is voting in favour of Brexit because we need to gain back the trust that was lost”, clarifying that above statement.

The SNP’s don’t have enough seats or influence in Parliament to block Brexit, along with the Liberal Democrats, who since the referendum, through their backing of Remain have garnered thousands of new members. Both the SNP’s and the Lib Dem’s have nothing to lose, which is why they’re so vocal. The Scotish National Party have a unique position when it comes to Brexit as Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain, leaving them with a strong hand if the opportunity for a second Scottish independence referendum arises. The Lib Dems already struggle to represent largely in parliament, their aim is to snatch the Remain folk and have been gaining seats in local by-elections since the referendum. Unfortunately, without a worthy opposition to the Conservative government and their dismissive attitude, our efforts to quash Brexit are being stemmed. This doesn’t mean we are finished, we are a large group of campaigners, a huge chunk of the population and through hard work and determination, we can force change, influence officials and move the chips over, in our half of the poker table. 

The Leave vote isn’t sacrosanct, we can fight it by coming together and doing what we need to do. Protesting, writing to MP’s and Lords, attending street stalls, flyering, sharing articles from papers supporting the Remain cause and by voting tactically in by-elections.

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90,000 Supporters and Growing, Fast

By | February 12th, 2017|Updates|

Hello guys, thank you for taking the time to read this short post.

We wanted to update you on numbers, how things are going behind the scenes and what you can do to stop Brexit.

Firstly, it’s probably worth mentioning that we have now reached 31,000 likes on our page – 48andbeyond

Secondly, our group the 48%, now has over 56,000 members and there is still a waiting list of over 600 people. – The group

Our twitter has grown slowly but with the help of our friend A. C. Grayling, it’s growing nicely too with over 2, 200 Followers – Our Twitter

We do have an Instagram account but we only post there when we have an interesting picture to share, which lately has been frequently. This account now has over 450 Followers. – @the48andbeyond

We have been pushing petitions, crowdfunding campaigns, videos, and letter drove directives through the group and through our network of social media accounts now for almost a year and think we do a good job as volunteers on keeping you guys up to date. (We also have very busy lives)

We will continue to grow, fast, and with that can start to pile the pressure on the right people and the right parties to try and overcome such a monumental disaster.

Keep supporting us, we’ll keep supporting the cause and providing you with all the relevant information and remember, keep sharing this group and our page, the larger we grow, the larger our voice becomes. 

Thank you, 48 And Beyond Admin.

September 2016

Brexit and identity

By | September 27th, 2016|Updates|

“We want to be British, we don’t want to be European

This phrase was uttered by an interviewee in Jeremy Paxman’s BBC documentary about the EU which was broadcast about a month before the referendum. It has stuck with me ever since as I think it is central to understanding the outcome of the vote.

Identity is a very personal and complex issue. I personally believe that everyone should be free to choose their own identity rather than having one thrust upon them. I also think that people should be allowed to have more than one identity and not be pigeonholed because of a single defining characteristic. All of the above is perhaps unsurprising given the fact that I grew up in Northern Ireland where the issue of identity is a very thorny one, to say the least.

The Good Friday Agreement, the historic pact which secured peace in Northern Ireland in 1998, has a wonderful passage about national identity. It states:

“the people of Northern Ireland can choose to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British, or both”

I know many Northern Irish people from both sides of the sectarian divide who indeed choose to identify themselves as both. I am one of these people and always say I have a British head but an Irish heart. This dual identity perhaps also makes Northern Irish people more willing to call themselves Europeans than our English cousins.

Another factor could be age. The person interviewed on the Paxman generation was in their 70s and had lived through the aftermath of the Second World War. This was a time when Europe was deeply divided and there was a strong suspicion of anyone of foreign extraction. Holding on to your national identity was vitally important. The younger generation live in a time of increased mobility, intercultural marriages, bilingual children, Erasmus programs and low-cost flights. All of these factors make younger people more likely to embrace their European identity.

In conclusion, we are all more than just one thing. For example, I am proud to say I am Irish, British, European, a linguist, a member of the LGBT community and, as of 25th June 2016, the founder of a wonderful pro-EU community known as “48 and Beyond.” Let’s all embrace our different identities and the potential contradictions they may cause instead of desperately clinging on to just one of them.

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