?> EU – 48 And Beyond

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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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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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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Weekly roundup: The best articles from last week

By | March 20th, 2017|Updates|

We have a great relationship with some of the media, this enables us to keep relevant news stories coming to you consistently throughout the week.

Our platform has grown to almost 100,000 followers across our entire network of pages and groups, giving us an enormous audience to update. This post is the start of a new weekly selection of articles we aim to give to you, in case you might have missed them or may like to read them again. 

Here are last weeks posts we shared and think you might like to read.

The New European – Here’s how we can get the upper hand over Brexiteers

The New European – Internet decides Governments ‘Brexit Plan’ isn’t working

The Guardian – Theresa May is warned of looming battle over devolution

The Guardian – Tim Farron calls on Tory MP’s opposed to hard Brexit to defect or resign

The Guardian – Record number of EU nurses quit NHS

The Independent – Sturgeon urges rest of UK to move to Scotland

The Guardian – Brexit fears hit sterling; Charlotte Hogg quits bank of England

Thank you for your continued support, keep sharing.

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February 2017

The 48 and Beyond – Join now!

By | February 25th, 2017|Updates|

A few days after the referendum in June last year, we started a group on Facebook called The 48%. The aim of the group was to give remain voters a place to discuss and debate the outcome, however, overnight the group grew by the thousands. As of today, the group sits at 56,000+ members and is still growing. The aim of the group moving forward is to create a platform for remain folk to discuss ways of retaining the UK’s position within the European Union. whether it’s comfort or advice, discussion or assistance, the group has provided all of these for months. Over the next few months, as the exit process begins, we are going to need to stick together and through doing so, we can influence and change the approach and deal we get upon our exit. Please remember to like our public Facebook page, follow us on twitter and Instagram to remain in the loop.

The group page currently promotes local groups, giving thousands of people the opportunity to join a pro-EU community near them. We don’t post these local groups on the public page but do share them in the private group. If you would like to join one of the hundreds of local groups, join the group below and just ask for help finding yours. 

Join the group: HERE

Like the page: HERE

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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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