London - 23 June 2018
​Transport from Leeds & Sheffield Now On Sale!

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On 23 June 2018 the various campaign groups will be coming together to form the March for a People's Vote in London and Leeds for Europe will be there!  Formed by a collaboration between Britain for Europe, the European Movement, Open B ritain, Scientists for EU, Our Future Our Choice and other pro-EU groups, this event is intended to be the greatest physical show of public opinion on the defining issue of our age yet seen.

Leeds for Europe will be running coach transport from Leeds and Sheffield to London for the march.  We will be leaving at approximately 7am from outside Leeds railway station, making a stop at Sheffield (Meadowhall) to collect additional passengers, and aiming to be in London at the assembly point for around 12 noon.  The coach will then collect us all and return us to Sheffield and Leeds later in the day.

Tickets are now on sale priced at £27 (waged) or £22 (unwaged).  As a special reward, paid-up Leeds for Europe members are eligible for a £2 discount on these ticket prices.

You can book your tickets now by clicking on the "Register Now!" link in the panel. 

With time running out to stop Brexit, don't miss this chance to send an emphatic message to our country's leaders that we demand a vote on the final Brexit deal, with an option to remain, before it is too late.

Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, Tuesday 3 July 2018 at 6pm

Leeds for Europe are thrilled to have been chosen to host a special preview screening of eagerly anticipated film "Postcards From The 48%".  Recording the development of the anti-Brexit movement since the EU Referendum of 2016, this must-see documentary film includes contributions from leading Remain campaigners such as Bob Geldof, Nick Clegg, Patrick Stewart and Alastair Campbell.  It also features anti-Brexit protests in London, Manchester and elsewhere, which were attended by many members of Leeds for Europe.  You may even see yourself in some of the scenes!

​After the film has been shown, audience members will be invited to participate in a special Q&A session with the film's Director, Leeds-born David Wilkinson.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.  As stipulated by the cinema, tickets will not be available to purchase on the door and nobody will be admitted without a ticket.
Buy A Ticket for the special screening of "Postcards From The 48%"
You can see the trailer for the film here:

Should We "Respect" The Result Of The 2016 EU Referendum?

It is often said, even by some people who voted Remain in the EU Referendum, that we have to "respect" the outcome.  Do we really?

In this handy document, former Leeds MP, and Leeds for Europe member, Michael Meadowcroft, demolishes this argument.

If you read this, you will be fully armed to explain why the referendum of 2016 is not the final word on the matter and why it should be rejected if we truly believe in Democracy. 

Download the guide here:
Reasons to Reject the Referendum of 2016
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Letters to Yorkshire MPs

Leeds for Europe have been writing to our local MPs setting out our red lines on the Brexit negotitions.  We would strongly encourage everyone to do the same.  You may want to use our letter as inspiration for your own.  It is available for download here:
Letter to MPs.pdf
Letter to MPs.doc

European Capital of Culture 2023:
Leeds Dream Crushed by Brexit

On 23 November 2017 the European Commission confirmed what many had suspected - that because of Brexit no UK city would be eligible to be the European Capital of Culture for the year 2023.  The Yorkshire Evening Post broke the news here.  We wrote to them to give our reaction, part of which was published.  This is the full text of the letter that we sent:

On behalf of Leeds for Europe I write to express our dismay at the news that, because of Brexit, Leeds will not be eligible to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023.  We have no doubt that had this bid been allowed to proceed then Leeds would have had an excellent chance of being awarded the honour of being the UK’s next host city.

This is a particularly cruel blow given that Leeds voted to Remain in the EU in the referendum of June 2016.  Yet this may just be the start of the suffering for our city and its people as the Brexit process picks up momentum.

During and since the EU referendum people who attempted to point out the many downsides of Brexit were accused of scaremongering and exaggeration.  Now that our government is dragging us down the path towards the exit door from the European Union it is becoming apparent that, if anything, the warnings about Brexit have been understated.

On Wednesday in the budget the Chancellor announced that forecasts of the UK’s economic growth have been downgraded for the foreseeable future, making the UK the poorest performing major economy in the world, having been, until the 2016 referendum, one of the best.  Wages are now not expected to return to 2008 levels until 2025 at the earliest.

In the same budget, the government announced that it is setting aside a staggering £3 billion to pay for the costs of implementing Brexit – more than it was able to allocate to funding the NHS.  That is £3bn spent on recruiting civil servants, building lorry parks, installing new IT systems and setting up new bureaucracy to handle tasks previously carried out within the EU.  That is £3bn that we are paying for through our taxes and which will not be available to spend on our schools, hospitals, police or armed forces.  What a waste.

It is not too late to change our minds about Brexit.  Leeds for Europe are campaigning for a referendum to be held once the full implications of Brexit are known.  Surely, in any walk of life, if something isn’t working you stop doing it before it is too late?

Yours faithfully

Richard Wilson
Secretary, Leeds for Europe​