Berkshire for Europe
Anthea Simmons Devon for Europe. Outside parliament on the 15th
“They said it couldn’t be done. They laughed at us. It was a massive long shot. The BBC could not even bring itself to say those two words; People’s Vote
Now it’s the phrase on everyone’s lips….and who has put it there? The groups who organised under the PV banner...Britain for Europe/Open Britain/European movement/Scientists for EU/OFOC/FFS, the list goes on. We thank them for their vision and determination and we thank the courageous MPs who have championed the cause and put country before party. But WE grassroots groups took it to the streets and into homes.
We and the 200, 300, 1000 people back home that each one of us here represents; we who give our lives up over to this fight, who stand out in the cold or the sun on street stalls, who man the Brexitometers, who skin knuckles delivering hundreds of thousands of leaflets, and skills, march in our hundreds of thousands, write and write and write again to our MPs.
We are the ones who have transformed the People’s Vote campaign from a noble ambition to an inevitable proposition, and a beautiful beacon of hope and reconciliation. We first time activists! We who have never protested before. Never marched. Never demonstrated. And we did a GREAT job! Today, we will win, but the job is far from done. We must redouble our efforts. We must reach out into the communities who have been ignored and to the weary shruggers who’ve given up and the bored with it all folk who just want it all to go away.
Yes, We’re tired, too. Yes, we are battered, derided, vilified but we are also thanked and appreciated and welcomed by those who see that Brexit is a very nasty place indeed. And with every passing day, our rebel army grows - ordinary people who care, who love their country, who embody all that is best about it and who will do everything they can to help make it the best that it can be.
So let’s do this thing. Let’s get out there more than ever before. Let’s keep listening. Keep responding! Keep shining our light. Keep strong and keep together. The friendships forged in this epic struggle may be the only Brexit dividend but it’s a helluva wonderful one. Spread it wide. Spread the love. And if you do not already belong to a grassroots group...join one. If you have been a ‘passive’ supporter, get out there and get active.
We need you! Grassroots activism is THE way we GET A PEOPLE’S VOTE! PEOPLE POWER WORKS