THE Warrington For Europe campaigners are enthusiastic about the possibility of European elections next month.
Graham Gowland, Chair of the Warrington for Europe Group says “Brexit is a shambles. That is agreed by virtually everybody in the town. Our nation is on the brink of a leap in the dark that was not on the ballot paper in a three year old referendum.”
A referendum that was won by a small margin, by a campaign that acted illegally and whose leaders have mostly refused to take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.
“Our MPs have been told to “get on with it” but they are not responsible for this mess. Rather they have a duty to make sense of what has happened. Despite the narrowness of the result and the loss of their majority our Government has set its own objectives and ignored the concerns and anxieties of half their citizens. They have overlooked the plight of the 3 million EU citizens living in our communities who had no vote and now find themselves and their families with an uncertain future.”
David Myall, Warrington for Europe supporter added: “Nearly 16,000 people in Warrington signed the on line petition to simply revoke Article 50 and stop Brexit. As a group there’s nothing we’d like more, but we recognise the need for the proper consultation with the British people that should have taken place after the referendum. As a result, we need more time, to delay Brexit, take part in the European elections (why should we be afraid of a bit of democracy?) and finally put whatever deal is agreed to a further vote. At that point, we believe the British people would recognise that the current deal with the EU is better. If they did not, then at least they would have made a decision based on facts.”
Graham concluded: “We are not aligned to any political party but we believe democracy didn’t end in 2016. As such, we are delighted that it seems likely we will be taking part in the elections to the European Parliament next month. We will be working hard to get out the pro-EU vote, encouraging young people to register and to make sure EU citizens know they can vote (which they could not in the referendum). After the 1,000,000 strong march in London and the 6,000,000 signatures calling for revoking article 50, this is our next opportunity to tell the Government we won’t be ignored.”