drawing of Weaver Vale for Europe meeting by artist Julia Midgley
'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.'Margaret Meek
Weaver Vale For Europe is a non-party-political people’s movement dedicated to promoting European values and partnership, albeit from a position outside the European Union. We hope that one day our children will once again have the right to live, love and work in 27 other countries.
now we know
The Johnson deal fell far short of the promises made by Johnson and his friends in 2016.
Brexiteer Ian Duncan Smith moved from a position of 'sunlit uplands' and Britain holding all the cards to Brexit not 'going to be complete Armageddon' on 20th December 2020.
Brexit was not the will of a clear majority of people in Britain - 53% of votes cast in the 2019 election were for pro-remain parties.
Young people will have fewer opportunities post Brexit. The Erasmus programme, which Johnson promised wasn't under threat earlier this year, has not been retained in his Brexit deal with the EU.
Remaining in the Customs Union and Single Market, both things Johnson had previously told us were vital for British prosperity, cease as of 1st January 2021.
British citizens living in the EU or with homes there and EU citizens living in the UK will have fewer rights and visas will be needed for along stays.
There will be no windfall for the NHS;
Hate crime increased since the 2016 referendum (Home Office say this was partly linked to Brexit);
Job losses will be substantial: Nissan, Jaguar Landrover, Airbus, Toyota, Barclays...;
Brexit is a threat to the Union of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland;
Trade deals weren't quite as easy as Liam Fox promised and we didn't 'hold all the cards';
The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, wasn't having us on;
Leading Brexiteers including Jacob Rees Mogg have moved their business interests to Europe to avoid risks to their own wealth;
The Prime Minister's father, Stanley Johnson has applied for French citizenship and founder of UKIP, Nigel Farage's children have German passports: relatives of leading Brexiteers are not prepared to pay the cost of Brexit.
What was promised in 2016 was not possible and very far from what we ended up with.
When asked in September 2019 about the Government's own predictions in Operation Yellowhammer we found the local appetite for Brexit in Northwich was overwhelmingly anti hard Brexit. While Johnson achieved a Deal, it was far less than we'd been promised and the EU with 27 countries held most of the cards.