Statement from the National
Rejoin March The National Rejoin March organisers are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. We would like to express our condolences to her family and to join in the nation’s mourning at this very sad time.
As a mark of respect for Her Majesty, we have taken the decision to postpone the march that was to be held on Saturday (10 September). We would like to thank everyone who has supported the march, which will be rescheduled to a date that will be published as soon as possible.
North East campaigners will be attending the first national ‘Rejoin the EU’ march in London five days after the new PM takes office. The march is expected to attract thousands of protestors, as it becomes clear that Brexit isn’t working. The protest will deliver a warning to the new PM about Brexit’s impact on the spiralling cost of living crisis and on the local North East economy.
Organisers of the protest, ending in London’s Parliament Square on Saturday 10 September, say they will deliver a “clear and loud” message to the Prime Minister: Brexit has failed, it’s adding substantially to the cost-of-living crisis, and Britain must rejoin the EU as soon as is practical.
Not exactly “levelling up”
Attending the march and rally is Louise Brown, co-founder of North East for Europe. Louise from Sunderland says:
“We simply cannot pretend that leaving the EU has not massively impacted us economically. Yes, of course, there are other factors at play with the cost-of-living crisis but Brexit has so far cost the UK billions with the North East being one of the regions affected the most. This is not exactly “taking back control” or “levelling up” is it? I will be attending the march to send this message to the government and also to show that the Rejoin movement isn’t just a London-centric one”.
Not giving up
This is the first large-scale Rejoin march, and its leaders say they will not give up until the UK is back in Europe. It is being supported by around 50 pro-EU groups from all across the UK.
Joint march organiser Peter Corr, a HGV lorry driver from Derby, says:
“Every person I talk to is so worried about the cost-of-living crisis and inflation. We must pay attention to experts like former Bank of England policymaker Adam Posen, who says that 80 per cent of the reason the UK has the highest inflation of any G7 country is due to the impact of Brexit on immigration and the labour market.
“Yes, we have left the EU; but we have got over that and now we simply must start conversation about rejoining the EU.’
The march will take protesters past the Downing Street entrance, before senior political figures and grassroots leaders address crowds in Parliament Square.
Campaigners sending out a pro-EU message to the new PM will include Femi Oluwole, Mike Galsworthy, Lord Andrew Adonis, Madeleina Kay, Steve Bray, Nicola Tipton, Julie Ward and Molly Scott Cato.