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  • commented 2018-03-21 18:21:54 +0000
    Dear OFOC, Britain for Europe, Best for Britain, Another Europe is Possible, Scientists for EU, INFacts, Healthier IN the EU, Open Britain, European Movement UK, Border Communities Against Brexit, young activists of Reclaim!, JK Rowling, Doreen Lawrence, David Attenborough, Brian May, Frances O Grady,

    PLEASE consider this idea to gather and grow the pro-EU-membership movement, by together agreeing a social-media-shared Pledge along with a related umbrella website for info and mobilisation.

    ​THANK YOU!!!


    For the first anniversary since Theresa May invoked Article 50, this pledge comes from members of the next generation, ordinary citizens of all ages, public figures, researchers, community activists, human rights and environmental campaigners, and trade unionists:

    The hugely important question the UK is now facing is how much damage we incur before the next generation gets to reverse Brexit and how many problems we create for them. We therefore pledge to do everything we can at this critical time to bring about a democratic change of policy in order to protect our communities, public services, jobs, rights, opportunities, environment and our neighbours.

    This is why we are making this pledge to support a Coalition for Hope to be a highly-visible umbrella campaign, including all who share the aim of achieving a majority mandate to end Brexit and to instead work for social justice, community cohesion and democratic inclusion at all levels of power.


    Name, Constituency, Vol: Email, Organisations/Institutions Affiliated with, Special Areas of Interest

    Why do we need this Pledge?

    We acknowledge that in 2016 the majority of those born in the first half of the 20th century voted for Brexit. However we also acknowledge that the generations born in the last quarter of the 20th century voted by majority to keep the UK’s place in our regional union, and that 3 out 4 UK residents born in the seventies, 5 out 6 of those born in the eighties, and 8 out of 9 of those born in the nineties never voted for this divisive policy[i]. So if the UK opts to go ahead with it now, the national divisions would only deepen every year as another half million of the next generation come of age and another quarter of a million Leave voters pass away.

    If we go ahead with Brexit and its consequences, we believe there would be growing unrest in the communities, regions and generations most let down by Brexit, a backlash against the main political parties, and increased scapegoating by the people responsible for Brexit. We do not believe that those who voted for Brexit could be satisfied, as Brexit would not magically turn the UK back in time to the era of British industry, imperial power, monoculturalism, plentiful fish stocks and affordable housing. Instead the predicted loss of national income (between 5 and 20 times the 0.4% of national income we currently spend as a net EU contribution) would mean major cuts to public services[ii].

    Nor do we believe as Boris Johnson claimed that Brexit would, “end this sterile debate [as] we would have to recognise that most of our problems are not caused by “Bwussels”[iii]. Instead we believe that Brexit would further increase the national rift over the UK’s place in Europe and create economic paralysis, as the Brexiteers’ vision of a low-regulation, low-tax economy hits stalemate against citizens fighting to keep protections of workers, consumers, our welfare state and our environment. However, we do agree with Johnson that Brexit would involve, “embroiling the Government for several years in a fiddly process of negotiating new arrangements, so diverting energy from the real problems of this country – low skills, low social mobility, low investment etc – that have nothing to do with Europe”[iv] Worst of all, we believe that if we go ahead with Brexit we would find that enacting the much stronger future mandate to rejoin the EU would be an even harder and longer process than enacting the weak[v] 2016 mandate to leave, and it would not immediately bring back the lost industries, lost jobs or the lost funding for the public purse.

    Ultimately, we believe the only winners from going ahead with Brexit would be those who want to sow disunity and weakness in our country, a few very wealthy investors, and those who feel freer having their regulations dictated behind closed doors by US business interests rather than having them voted on by a democratically-elected parliament, following the EU principles of Human Dignity, Equality, Human Rights, Freedom, Democracy and the Rule of Law. In 2018 our country must therefore make the choice whether to dig ourselves deeper into this mess or else to climb back out of the hole and turn to tackle our real problems.

    However we voted or didn’t vote in 2016, we now have to ask ourselves if we really want to spend our own and others’ resources on Brexit instead of meeting other needs and if we are really willing to see growing division in our country. Otherwise, we could decide to take the chance to renew our membership now before the worst harm is done and before all goodwill is destroyed. Then the national chasm created by Brexit would naturally heal over time as the generations move on and the pro-membership majority grows, and the resources that would have been lost to Brexit could instead go towards solutions to heal the UK’s divisions and injustices. There are millions of ordinary people across the UK who very much wish we would do just that, and who feel very deeply that Brexit is the wrong policy. However, most are not actively campaigning because they can’t see what they could effectively do.

    This is why we must call on popular figures to publicly stand up for the next generation and help create a high-profile and inclusive coalition launch that the entire country would hear about. We need people with the voice to call to centre stage the potential groundswell of hope and activism which is currently hidden backstage behind the silence and hopelessness.

    This is why coalition partners need to create an umbrella website for the pro-membership supporter base to sign up to, in order to access and input information about events and activism for both their local constituency (eg activism training, street stalls, MP visits, canvassing, letter or postcard campaigns, creative flash choirs/street theatre/pop-up street exhibitions, community talk-shop events such as “Common Ground” or “Take Back Control” etc., and “Fixit not Brexit” community volunteering), and for their particular interests (eg workers’ rights, youth opportunities, environment etc.), as well as providing access to a searchable resource catalogue combining the materials from all the different groups and others.

    We must also call upon allies in the music industry to awaken even more hope through organising major public Unity concerts this summer across the UK and EU, to give us the chance to express how we feel about Brexit and to send a strong message to the other 27 and the rest of the UK to show how many Brits still want friendship, partnership, and membership of our regional community.

    Regardless of what happens in 2019, such a coalition for hope can help revive the values of inclusion and compassion in our fractured society, and help pave the way for a better future. We know that Cambridge Analytica successfully played on Fear in 2016, exploiting anxiety over terrorism, refugees and powerlessness. Yet Hope is also a powerful driver. Indeed, it is the driver that brought the EU into existence. Hope cannot be harnessed in the legal technicalities of Brexit reversal nor in repeating warnings to a Brexit-weary population. Hope must be harnessed in togetherness and celebration; in community events, concerts, and bringing the generations together. Imagine if councils and mayors were lobbied to take a Values Pledge, and promised to encourage their communities, schools and libraries to commemorate Europe Days (5th and 9th May), and Commonwealth Day (12th March), along with days such as Civilians’ Remembrance Day (22nd June- Karlsruhe anniversary) and UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty (17th October), as occasions to celebrate collective efforts to overcome the sufferings of war, poverty and colonialism, to celebrate international and interfaith cooperation, and to celebrate our connections and the contributions of #GreatBritishMigrants who have migrated to or from the UK.

    Together, as a Coalition for Hope, we could avert social disaster, protect our rights, and restore our place in our regional community. But we could also achieve even more than that: we could help both our country and our continent to return from growing division and intolerance to instead reclaim solidarity, equality, democracy, and hope. This is why we must pledge to do all we can to make this happen.

    (NB see also this related petition:

    A Potential Charter for a Coalition of Hope:

    To work for a UK that:

    1) Pursues solutions rather than scapegoats

    2) promotes unity and solidarity, not division, inequality and intolerance

    3) looks forwards to the future, rather than backwards to old enmities and coercive colonialist power

    4) provides its people with freedom and opportunities, not barriers

    5) keeps the savings of union, rather than creating extra costs and further cuts

    6) ensures access to affordable local housing for all, rather than ensuring access to chlorine-washed chicken but selling-off housing

    7) revives our NHS rather than creating a staffing crisis and offering our healthcare to private companies in trade deals

    8) renews our welfare state and provides dignity for all, rather than turning the UK into a low-welfare tax haven

    9) protects workers, the public and our environment, rather than pushing deregulation or corporate lack of accountability

    10) provides transparency, accountability, and democratic input in all areas, including trade deals

    11) safeguards human rights

    12) is known for its positive influence, not for isolationist insignificance or putting profit before people

    13) enables peace in Ireland, not a return to violence, or economic hardship

    14) has an effective democracy and effective electoral commission, ensuring access to quality fact-checked and all-sided information, preventing press baron and donor privilege, and preventing social media manipulation by hostile agents

    15) gives us all a say over our future, rather than withholding the franchise from those most affected

    16) enjoys the benefits of full EU membership, rather than opting for a poorer deal or a cliff edge catastrophe

    To work for an EU that:

    1) proactively practices democratic inclusion and upholds its principles of Human Dignity, Equality, Human Rights, Freedom, Democracy and the Rule of Law in all its areas of power

    2) is highly accountable to the citizenry and the regions, with strong limits on the influence of any one or handful of state governments

    3) promotes investment in local employment as well as opportunities for work experience or study across the EU for every young resident

    [i] Based on the Ashcroft Referendum Exit Poll and data from ONS and Electoral Commission, which suggest that for UK residents born in the 70s and 80s about 9/10 were enfranchised, and for those born in the 70s about 8/10 of eligible residents were registered to vote of which about 2/3 voted, of which a little under half voted for Brexit, for those born in the 80s about 7/10 of those eligible were registered of which 2/3 voted of which 2/5 voted for Brexit, while for those born in the 90s, 3/4 were enfranchised, of which 2/3 were registered to vote, of which 1/4 voted for Brexit.

    [ii] Based on DExEU predictions of lost national income between 2% and 8% depending on type of Brexit

    [iii] Boris Johnson in the Daily Telegraph 2013

    [iv] Boris Johnson in the Daily Telegraph 2016

    [v] Weak not just in terms of a slim majority of just 1.3 million (for a nation of 65.6 million), but in terms of interpreting the mandate, considering that Dominic Cummings, director of Vote Leave, found that his winning messages were that voting “leave” would achieve £350 million extra a week for the NHS and prevent unlimited immigration from Turkey, whereas the government’s policy response to the vote has been to create an NHS staffing crisis through attacking immigration, to accept loss of resources for the NHS through accepting a 2-8% limiting of national income, and to give up the UK’s veto on Turkey joining the EU.
  • commented 2018-03-18 13:53:00 +0000
    Does anyone have alternative slogans to “Bollocks to Brexit”? It’s too negative and crude for our older supporters to chant as they march. We need something positive and memorable.
  • commented 2018-03-16 16:16:34 +0000
    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am a freelance journalist and MA Newspaper Journalism Student at City University. I am currently writing an article on the effects Brexit will have on medical research in the EU and England. I was wondering whether I could interview someone who knows about this topic?

    Thank you for your time.

    Your sincerely,

    Precious Adesina
  • commented 2018-03-16 16:16:33 +0000
    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am a freelance journalist and MA Newspaper Journalism Student at City University. I am currently writing an article on the effects Brexit will have on medical research in the EU and England. I was wondering whether I could interview someone who knows about this topic?

    Thank you for your time.

    Your sincerely,

    Precious Adesina
  • commented 2018-03-14 12:35:19 +0000
    I support everything you are doing to challenge the disaster that is Brexit. It is right that the falsehoods and irrationality should be contradicted with facts and logic. However, I do wonder if pointing out the nonsense and incompetence of the Brexit government will be enough.
    I think it is worth considering why the Tory right are so opposed to the EU. It comes down to the kind of society they believe is desirable and this is based on the fundamental principle of total personal responsibility. They see no reason why they should pay taxes to support other people’s health, welfare, education and livelihood, so the aim is to establish a low-tax, low-welfare, low-regulation UK and the fundamental social democracy of the EU would not allow this to happen.

    So, to achieve their end, the hard Brexiters want to crash out of the EU without a deal and without any residual adherence to EU constraints. The ensuing catastrophe for the UK economy could result in the Government declaring a state of emergency, enabling them to push through radical changes under emergency powers.

    Superficially, the Government must be seen to be trying to achieve a ‘good deal’ for the UK in leaving the EU, but I think it necessary to consider the shadowy figures behind the initiative and the way they control the strings of the Government frontmen. If one were trying to achieve a complete breakdown of negotiations with the EU, whilst all the time seeming to try to achieve a deal, one could do no better than to make sure of the appointment of a known lazy and incompetent, failed leadership bidder as the Minister to head up the negotiations. Then provide him with support from a disgraced and sacked former minister and a known and proven liar, all under the direction of a Prime Minister who totally abandoned her former strong beliefs in order to get the top job. Add to this the media propaganda machine constantly blaming the EU for intransigence and a Parliament cowed by the threat of being seen to be anti-democratic for rejecting the ‘Will of the People’ and it becomes clear what the real target result might be.

    Whilst it is pretty certain that if a second referendum were to be held, the decision would be reversed, you can be sure that agreement to hold one is the last thing the Government and their puppet masters will do. In my view, only Parliament can get us out of this. Moderate MPs must start realising where this is headed and we must do all we can to support those of all parties that are already standing up to be counted. Just what Mr Corbyn is thinking about all this, I have no idea, but it is not helping to achieve his party’s stated objectives for a fairer UK. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might think that the rather lax membership criteria for the Labour Party a while ago allowed the infiltration of people who wanted to see a known Eurosceptic as leader, but that is another story, or is it?
  • commented 2018-03-12 13:38:23 +0000
    Mike et al, Could you e-mail me at please? Need to sort out comments we’ve had re. Euratom and the isotopes issue. Thanks!

    Dr Graham Jones, Chair, Oxfordshire Region branch, European Movement UK
  • commented 2018-03-11 22:01:52 +0000
    I work in an aerospace company and the customs union is a major issue for us. Do you want details of this?
  • commented 2018-03-11 10:32:06 +0000
    Dear Scientists for EU

    I got this silly idea in my head, it won’t go away. So I wanted to share it with some people who are leading the Remain movement, who would know more if it has legs, so to speak. Please knock it about with your team if you think it does.

    Remain are talking about the mood of the country changing for a second referendum. But how is that seen and felt across the country? We have tried big street rallies. But the big London rallies are never big enough. And they take up your whole day. It’s a huge commitment. And they are dismissed because they are in the capital.

    Time is running out. It seems to me that there should indeed be a positive Remain street presence but that it should be decentralised, easy, regular, and positive.

    Ok, so how about every Saturday, 12.00-12.15pm – Conga4EU. Or something. ContinEUity Conga. Conga 2 Remain Longer.

    Wherever you are. It’d take at first maybe 50-100 local groups across the country to organize and coordinate the first, to the minute. Easy to do, just need a ghetto blaster. And someone with a megaphone or loud voice. Remainers passing by can join in. Make it clear it’s 15 minutes only. Then those who want can stop for a coffee, a pint, lunch, or whatever, to socialise. Not all in one place, just encouraging people they can if they want break off for 30 mins afterward to socialise, and spending money in local businesses always does wonders for the message.

    Of course the key is to get the initial media coverage and the idea established. Cities, towns, villages, in the park or your front garden… I guess there is a quiet street presence at the moment but it is generally leafleting actions by local groups, and there is no media story in that. Then make it EVERY Saturday, the same 15 minutes…. and spread it to 200 towns and so on. Watch the congas get longer each week… Or insist on a maximum number. After 20 people, start a new conga in a different direction.

    Fun, non-threatening, localised and country-wide, can be done by anyone, doesn’t take a lot of time, demonstrates unity, creates relationships, not shouty, and in the opposite spirit of the protests threatened by Brexiters if Brexit is cancelled. The central message is that E.U. membership (or at the very least the closest possible relationship) is and has been a positive force in our lives, economically and personally.

    Could be something else than conga but that’s what’s in my head. Whaddayouthink?

    Sebastian Merrick
  • commented 2018-03-08 18:37:30 +0000
    …this is the text of a letter I sent to the Guardian last week, re the Brexit/Irish Border issue, which they didn’t publish…

    The current debate about avoiding a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland after the UK leaves the EU has concentrated on Northern Ireland’s membership of a Customs Union. This emphasis is misleading, because it overlooks the far more fundamental issue of the Common Travel area between the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The CTA has been in place since 1922, and the UK and the RI joined the Common Market in 1973 on the same day, precisely to secure the CTA. Membership of a Customs Union is not sufficient to secure the CTA, because the CTA functions as a freedom of movement zone in which all journeys between the UK and the RI (including flights and ferries from the RI to UK mainland – not just between the RI and Northern Ireland) are in practice domestic. At the same time, thanks to the CTA, the Irish Republic international border is effectively the UK’s ‘western’ border with the EU. If the UK is to ‘control its borders’ after Brexit in Brexiteer fashion, in a scenario where the RI remains a member of the EU and European Economic Area, then the UK must have passport controls between itself (including Northern Ireland) and the RI. If there are no passport controls between the RI and Northern Ireland, then there will have to be passport controls between Northern Ireland and mainland UK. All such measures would be incompatible with the Good Friday agreement, and would signal the end of a mutually beneficial arrangement that goes back almost a century. Ultimately, the only solution to the ‘Irish border problem’ is for the UK to be a member of EEA.

    (On the legal complexities of the impact of Brexit on the CTA, see also the House of Commons Briefing Paper 7661, 9 June 2017)

    Emeritus Professor Steve Giles

    Modern Languages

    University of Nottingham
  • commented 2018-03-01 13:03:19 +0000
    Why are we not telling people the truth ,why the three brexiteers want to trade outside EU is to allow them to get the great ideas and designs here take them to China or India amongst others get them made cheap with slave labour and bring back here and sell a massive mark up to make profits for them and their ilk

    This will lead to huge job losses here and the city will go on playing monopoly while we scratch around for crumbs.Time to tell the truth
  • commented 2018-02-11 18:59:09 +0000
    Hi. Do you have any active members who have tried to make (or know how to) common cause with big industry (eg Car Companies in UK or CBI)? I ask because I’m helping to get an Open Britain group up and running in Oxfordshire and wish to contact big local employers. I have founded and run science companies and been a big beneficiary of European cooperation so want to push the ‘industry’ side.
  • commented 2018-02-07 22:01:22 +0000
    Problems Associated with Brexit

    1. Imposition of Customs controls on both sides of the Channel will cause delays and additional red tape for lorries and all other vehicles . On your holiday you may spend long periods waiting at the ferry ports. There will be problems with imported perishable goods . At present there are over 2.5 million lorry movements through Dover and 1.6 million through the Channel tunnel a year. Although modern technology can speed transit there will always be goods and materials which cannot be adapted to this technology. Also now Customs checks will need to be replicated over the Channel in France Belgium and Holland, which will further create delays.

    2. The British government are preparing for this by proposing to build a 4000 lorry park. £15 million has already been spent on the project in regard to design and planning. Also both the French and the British governments have made provision to recruit more `Customs officials.What it will affect is manufacturing industries where any delays have enormous cost implications .

    3. Loss of Open Skys regime for Airlines cause a large hike in air fares for UK based airlines. For example Ryanair are not giving any price guarantees after Jan 2019. The C.A,A are quoted as saying after Brexit British based airlines will lose the right to operate in trans European routes . This would seriously affect British Aviation and the travel industry. What would be affected most would be transit flights with an estimated 41% reduction of these flights from the UK. Also the Open Sky system is governed by the European court and our airlines when operating in Europe would have to adhere to the laws and regulation enforeced by that court.

    4. The loss of the European Medicine Agency means we lose a lot of intellectual property from the UK. It also means we can no longer licence drugs in the UK for use throughout the EU this will be a major blow to our Pharmaceutical industries. We will no longer have access to research and innovation schemes such as Horizon 2020. Also many American and Asian Pharmeucticals have previously invested heavily in the UK in order to gain access to the EU being one of the biggest market in the world for pharmaceuticals . That will no longer exist and some other country will fill the void. Also clinical trials will be more expensive and slower because we will not have access to European clinical trials.

    5. Our exports to Europe will be hindered because all new products will have to go through the EU approval system where formely they did not have to. New Eurocodes and Euro codes of practice will also create problem because they may discriminate against British products .

    6. Loss of passporting “ in the EU for British financial services causing a loss of business and ultimately job losses of between 70000 to 100,000. Plus the vast range of financial services the City carries out in Europe which has not yet been given a total value .

    7. Loss of administrating EU bail-outs which earns the City considerable revenue and provides the British government vital tax revenue to fund the NHS.

    8. Increased energy cost for British consumers when we leave both the gas and electricty hubs in Europe. Lord Teverson Chairman of the `Lords Commitee on energy state that in a post Brexit situation, there also could be energy shortages during severe weather conditions.

    9. Serious problems may arise to manufacturers with delays and dislocation to the supply of parts and components from Europe due to additional red tape and stringent custom controls . Also we lose control on European specifications on these vital parts .Our manufacturing in many sectors from vehicles to aviation is intrinsically linked to European partners , whether it be on employment , supply or intellectual property Brexit will affect them all. In terms of technical people it is essential to retain freedom of movement .ie Engineering staff at present transfer readily from European plants to `British plants and vise versa.

    10. The NHS will be affected in a number of ways. Firstly there will be a severe shortage of isotopes for scans and cancer treatment now we have left Euroatom. Then we have the loss of drug research which we did with our Eu colleagues and we will no longer have access to. We will also not be subject any longer to the stringent controls of drugs and medicines. There will be also a considerable loss of staff as EU citizens leave the NHS. With slower growth there also will be less money for the NHS. The NHS will also come under attack from predatory International corporation who will try to persuade the government who inevitably will be short of money to privatise it.

    11. One of the major problems in post Brexit Britain will be the loss of sovereignty due to the affect of new trade deals. Being in a inferior position countries like the USA , India and China will demand we change many of our existing regulations on immigration , food regulations , environmental issues , financial regulations and technical specifications. As a weaker trade negotiator unlike when we were supported by the EU, we will have to adhere to their demands .

    12. The Irish border question will be a can of worms . But also what will affect our revenue is the problems related to Welsh and Scottish ports who have gained considerable revenue from Irish trade. Welsh ports alone generate £1.5 billion from trade with Ireland.

    13. What will happen with the established Eurocodes and European codes of practice . After 2019 we will have no say in them but on exports to Europe we will be comitted to conform to them. This also includes regulations on food standards and animal welfare. Much of the regulations on animal health have taken 40 years to develop and safeguard the public health.

    14. Agriculture will be seriously hit in three ways . Firstly the EU could impose a tarrif of up to £2 a kilo on our exports of Lamb and Beef to Europe. This would especially hit Welsh and Scottish farmers who have established a lucrative export market to Europe. Seondly nobody knows what will happen to subsidies . Many farmers especially Hill farmers rely on them. Will British government continue to help farmers`? Or will the general public pressure governments to end the subsidies for farmers to produce food and instead subsidise them to turn the country into a sort of parkland for urban visitors! Thirdly the loss of European seasonal workers.

    15. Britain will become handicapped on it’s fight against both crime and terrorism if it no longer has the same co-operation with European security organisations.

    16. One area of concern is foreign investment in the UK especially that of manufacturing. The Uk will not be so attractive once the UK losses access to the European markets , Countries in Europe will become more attractive because not only access to the EU but also lower wages and cheaper land prices. Chinese governmement economists interviewed on Al Jazeera stated that with Brexit the UK was a less interesting country to invest in because it would lose access to the EU . There are a lot of competitors in Europe for foreign investment especailly in the former Communist countries like Hungary , Slovakia and Poland . Here wages are low and land prices considerably lower than the UK.

    17. Young people will no longer have access to European Educational establishments or inter European educational schemes. They also will no longer be free to work in the EU or to develop new skills through worker exchanges which companies like Bosch (Wales) have been operating.

    18. Travellers to Europe will need additional car and medical insurance. They may also find their driving licences no longer valid in Europe and will need to now apply for international ones

    19. We also have to look at the Political position where Britain helped to keep a balance in Europe between the major powers of Germany and France . We often represented the smaller countries during arguments on regualtions. Further we gave Europe a more global outlook because of our tradition as a world trader . Our influence helped to make Europe more prosperous especially Prime Minister Thatcher who was instrumental in creating the single market which has been a commercial success. Europe and ourselves will ultimately loose out when the Uk no longer has their strong influence on European affairs.

    20. With a resurgent Russia and the instabilty in the Middle East a strong united `Europe sharing joint security and democratic values is a bulwark for peace. Brexit will undoubtedly weaken Europe and it’s stability . Do we ultimately want to pay this price?
  • commented 2018-01-13 11:28:04 +0000
    Will there be an organised Scientists for EU Group at the March for Europe on 23 June this year? I wore my T-shirt with pride last year but it would be higher profile if we could meet up and march as a group. Could this be done through a FB group?
  • commented 2017-12-26 12:06:06 +0000
    Hi, I would like your permission please to reproduce Rob’s article ‘Why do you want to Remain? 2017’ on my web site https://ourEU.UK. This is a really useful summary of key arguments for non-scientists as well as scientists. I would, of course, credit you appropriately. Please let me know if this is OK. Many thanks, Cliff
  • commented 2017-12-24 01:03:45 +0000
    Trying to understand why you want Great Britain and Northern Ireland to stay in the EU?
  • commented 2017-12-22 18:34:21 +0000
    Dear Organization,we are perishing in our country! I am writing you from the capital of Hungary,the country from central Europe,which has being transformed into fascistic country,now the country is being ruled by party FIDESZ-fascistic party,and on the secondth place of popularity is JOBBIK-openly fascistic party with open fascistic marches on the streets! The leader of jobbik brings up young insane aggressive fascists-with them he planning to create a future in Hungary and take care of old fascists,they only worthy to have high pension and eat chocolate.As for ruling party,they consider any foreigner unworthy to live in the country,because all foreign is evil for them,even if you are educated European-you are foreigner,you are not Hungarian! Both these 2 parties take care very much of remaining “native Hungarian nationality”,but who are “native Hungarians“ now-stupid,uneducated crowd,able to repeat like parrots these fascistics slogans about their superiority,which don’t want to study and most of them now live very good,because they do criminal. I feel shame for them,but they are not ashamed for themselves,they think,thea are doing everything right!.We are Hungarians too,but we are educated and law-abiding family and now it became unbearable to live in our country,because of this stupidity and hot bed for all kinds of criminal! We are suffering for 3 years because of 20-year-old fascistic drug seller with his night debouches with other hooligans,which dwelled illegally in the flat above us,we called police for many times at nights and wrote about it to authorities,but it is all the same for them,they are fascists themselves.And because of the inaction, this drug seller,our neighbour July 23 attacked and severly beaten my disabled mother and me,trying to cause deadly trauma to us shouting : For party! Moreover,we have to pay for medical examination for our beating! Now my father,the only bead winner,risking his life twice a day going to and coming back from his job.Now we are in mortal danger,because it is very likely he will kill us all in our doorway with other like him,he always brings other mobsters with him to the flat.and with all this,we can not buy self-defence items legally! Please,help to stop it,because the authorities tryind to eliminate all educated and disabled in Hungary! Should it be in central Europe in 21 century?

    Please,help! Its unbearable to perish in peaceful time!

    Kristina Regoczi
  • commented 2017-12-15 13:59:51 +0000
    Good afternoon,

    I work for the CNN Paris bureau, and we’re thinking of running a story about British scientists moving to France after Brexit, especially in light of Emmanuel Macron’s ‘Make our Planet great again’ push. Would we be able to discuss this topic with you?

    All the best,

  • commented 2017-11-16 17:40:18 +0000
    Dear Mike

    I writing a story on the EU’s plans for higher education in 2025.

    Some quite interesting ideas of having a ‘Sorbonne process’, replacing the Bologna Process, to ensure mutual recognition of qualifications, study abroad etc; putting student info on an EU Student eCard allowing cross-continent access to course materials, libraries, etc and perhaps doubling number of students participating in Erasmus;

    I’m hoping to build this into an analysis of where EU is going with HE compared to the UK. In short – the EU moves onto the next big step in higher education integration, but leaves the UK behind (note our absence from the map,!).

    Here are the proposals – Wondered if you could offer a bit of comment on why the UK needs to be part of this – rather than retreating back into its island mentality. Could we take part in all of this while outside the EU – Bologna isn’t officially an EU scheme after all.

    Bit outside your normal beat, but seems like some quite exciting stuff happening that we are now outside of, so would be good to get your view – could you pen a few lines

    Best wishes,

    Jack Grove

    Times Higher Education
  • commented 2017-11-16 10:51:07 +0000
    I think Scientists for EU would benefit from looking at how direct democratic control of constitutional change has worked well in New Zealand.

    The problem with the referendum result was not the people voting, but the design of the referendum. New Zealand went through a big constitutional change in th 80s. They had a referendum on whether to change (“yes” won), then a consultation period to define options for what to change to, then a further referendum on which system to adopt. That’s three stages. We in the UK, in our electoral system and EU referenda, have done the first of the three stages only.

    I don’t like to feel inferior to the Kiwis. They regularly pop up and thrash us at all kinds of sports, and I don’t see why they should also beat us at democracy. Please could you campaign for stages two and three to be added on to the stage one EU vote, in the interests of national pride.
  • commented 2017-11-02 11:11:01 +0000
    Enquiry from Office of Tony Blair regarding impact of Brexit on NHS as well as Science Research
  • commented 2017-10-31 16:45:18 +0000
    Seeking your help raising issue of scam / predatory conferences.

    As covered in Times Higher Education, Talk Radio, Die Zeit, New York Times.
  • commented 2017-10-27 18:25:55 +0100
  • commented 2017-10-27 10:17:07 +0100
    Stratford for Europe is one of a number of pro EU local Midlands groups who now meet regularly to share ideas and maximise our impact. Do you have any groups and/or members in the greater Midlands area? If so, we would wish to extend an invitation to them to join us.
  • commented 2017-10-27 10:14:21 +0100
    Remoaning sum – I’ve reported you to the Daily Mail using their

    They’re collecting a list of people, like you, who go abusing their positions by tweeting remain lies. Take a look at
  • commented 2017-10-11 10:17:35 +0100
    Just wanted to bring to your attention that there is a petition on the ‘Petition Parliament’ website calling on the government to make public the Brexit impact reports they commissioned. The fact that the Government has made no moves to make public these reports is very worrying – what are they afraid of? Link to petition:-
  • commented 2017-10-10 10:58:14 +0100

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  • commented 2017-09-30 22:09:23 +0100
    There needs to be a new all encompassing organisation created. One which will be easily recognised as the one voice for everyone who believes that we are better off within the EU. The government are able to quote figures of how many voted for pro-Brexit parties – that is because, apart from the Lib Dems, who many see as unelectable, there was no viable alternative.

    What was/is UKIP? It wasn’t a true party; one who truly reflected the political agenda of a portion of the population beyond the immigration agenda. What it represented was a cross party group of individuals who wanted foreigners out. Modern politics does not mirror our current political system. The referendum showed three things; the power of spin, the positive of ‘one person one vote’, and that a view can cross party lines.

    Modern society is not defined as Tory or Socialist any more. Our society is not made up of Upper/Middle Classes and Workers any more. Parliament will need to reflect this going forward. I doubt we will ever see a majority government again. Tomorrow’s party in Manchester is a wonderful example of Labour, Lib Dem, Scientist, Entertainer…. all having the same drive, the same opinion and the same wish. We need a Democratic Alliance, an anti-UKIP, to which we can all hang our common views; who can be a common source for a common viewpoint. This is what made UKIP a success and this is why they are failing now. They had one purpose, not an ongoing political agenda, and that purpose is spent.
  • commented 2017-09-27 14:47:47 +0100
    Is there a back-up plan? If it really looks as if there is going to be no stopping this Brexit, would we be then campaigning really hard to stay in the customs union/ free trade area at least? I put this together over the weekend. It was mainly for me to let off steam. I posted it in a couple of places and got a few likes but I don’t think I hit on the main traffic thoroughfares – please anyone – feel free to use it if you think it’s any good: It called Brexit Lament: September 2016 …. We should be carefully contemplating just how much we are willing to sacrifice in terms of economic opportunity for exactly what political gains. What other consequences might there be? – already there is talk of NHS staff shortages if we chase away EU citizens. As far as I can see there has been no serious attempt to understand the various trade-offs in the different Brexit scenarios. It is because MPs think the people won’t be able to understand the different choices well enough and also because they (the politicians) don’t really understand it themselves. Yes this may be the appalling truth of the matter – our politicians don’t actually understand Brexit and they are not even able to fall back on their usual ideological mantras because the politics of Brexit is not even on the old left/ right spectrum. There is a nationalist/ globalist spectrum – also there is regulation versus regulation-free spectrum. Don’t forget to throw into the mix the various positions on labour rights and environmental protection. It is no wonder that nobody has a clue where anybody stands on anything. The only ones with any firm stand are those who can see an obvious quick financial gain from Brexit and the tabloids who always make money when they are stirring things up. Is there anyone who is actually telling the truth about anything? The politicians themselves don’t understand and as far as I can see nobody has made any serious attempt to get on top of this. Surely it is their job to make it clear to the electorate what the choices are and what are the costs and benefits of each choice. Both Tories and Labour are split down the middle – noone has a clue – it’s a complete fiasco. We don’t even know whether the EU are going to agree to us having a transition period and in the meantime we don’t even know what we are transitioning to in this period (even if we get it). Oh my God – the more I thing about it the more I just want to sail off to an island far off in the Ocean and live the simple life of a fisherman without any TV, no internet, no newspapers and no mobile phone.
  • commented 2017-09-20 15:08:36 +0100

    I’m contacting you on behalf on Renew, an emerging pro-European, UK political party formed with the central goal of opposing Brexit.

    To be brief, we are looking for 100 people who would potentially consider standing as candidates for Renew in forthcoming local and/or national elections.

    We would love to get our message out to your membership, please let us know your thoughts on this.

    Our details are below.

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    Kind Regards,

    James Stuart Clarke
  • commented 2017-09-20 09:48:23 +0100