Moving on from the European Elections …
There’s not so much I can add to everything else you will have read or heard about the European elections.
Parties that firmly support a People’s Vote BEAT parties that support a no-deal Brexit.
but today’s news is that Donald Trump is telling us to prepare for no deal and send in Farage.
Is the message getting through locally? London Assembly member Len Duvall wrote recently:
We were all dealt a heavy blow in seeing Labour lose its lead in London to the Liberal Democrats and our vote suffer nationally. …
If we’re to turn this situation around swiftly, then it’s time to stick our heads above the parapet and call for a second referendum.
If Local Labour Remain want to fight Brexit, they need to work out how to work with local Lib Dems, other local ‘clear Remain parties’, and groups such as ours. Calling for a second referendum now is too late – we need political leaders who will make the case clearly for Remain.
Of course there has been sometimes frustrating ambiguity about the People’s Vote campaign – is it just calling for a vote, or is it calling for Remain? It caused our small group a big problem over the European parliamentary elections, presuming our volunteers would distribute leaflets which included Labour as a ticking the box for Remain. That didn’t happen but, what has seemed to happen, on the evidence of that People’s Vote graphic above, is that ‘People’s Vote parties’ are now just Lib Dems, Greens, SNP, Change UK and Plaid Cymru.
In the European Parliamentary elections we were asked to vote for a party, so they were always going to be contested on party lines. Now they are over, local Remainers need to show they can work together, without party labels. The People’s Vote campaign is calling for another national weekend of action, June 22nd & 23rd, and will be working on national messaging between now and then, following the twists of our volatile political landscape. “Brexitometers” are a tried and tested way to engage with people locally
so we’ll be working on an update for this.
You can’t see it, but the last option we had on that one, for the question “Who should have the final say?”, was “Her Majesty”. For her sake I’m wondering if she has the option of walking away from dealing with Donald Trump over the next few days!