York For Europe
who we are....
The European Union has been one of the most successful peace projects in history. Between its member states it has nurtured constructive relationships to further democracy, human rights, culture, economic prosperity and environmental protection in addition to building friendships and understanding between the individual citizens of Europe.
Because of this, York for Europe champions our continued European identity. We believe that the UK’s best interests, having left the EU, are to retain as close as possible a relationship with the EU and ultimately to restore the UK’s place in the EU’s family of nations. York for Europe is affiliated with the national European Movement and campaigns locally , sometimes with other like-minded organisations, in support of the aims of the European Movement.
On a local level, this means celebrating and developing our European links in York. A further task is the identification and publicising of the consequences of Brexit as they arise, in particular their impact on communities and businesses in York and its surrounding area. This includes supporting the rights and freedoms of EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the EU.
York for Europe is non-party political and welcomes supporters - of all party political persuasions or none – who share our hopes for the future.
Recent Zoom Events
Meeting with York Central MP, Rachael Maskell 12th May 2022
In a passionate and hard-hitting talk, Rachael Maskell
outlines the need for a new European order engendered by the
war in Ukraine. The UK must urgently become part of a new
European alliance in which we collaborate with our European
friends to withstand the dangers posed to peace and democracy
in Europe - this does not mean an immediate return to the EU,
which itself is re-evaluating its form and purpose (Macron has
been speaking of a “looser European alliance".).
Inside the UK, we must oppose the increasing fascism of current Tory legislation. In particular, we must advertise the reality of the coming “Brexit Freedoms Bill” which will, despite its title, curtail our freedoms. Rachael advocates political parties working together in elections to defeat Conservative candidates and outlines the damage of Brexit on York from health and social care to small businesses to university research and cultural losses.
Meeting with York City Councillors 26-4-22
This agreeable and constructive chat gave us all insights into what York for Europe could do working with the Council. The panel was Cllr Janet Looker (Labour), Cllr Christian Vassie, (LibDems) and the Green Group nominated Liam Clegg, Chair, Board of Studies, Department of Politics, University of York.
View the warm and encouraging talk by Terry Reinkte MEP via the link below.
This informal conversation took place between Terry Reintke
MEP and York for Europe and friends during the afternoon of
3rd February 2022. Topics ranged from the roles of women,
Erasmus, European Associated citizenship, where for
campaigners to go for support, current difficulties within
the EU and EU views on the UK.
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TALK BY PROFESSOR A. C. GRAYLING - organised by York for Europe
The U.K. & the EU: How We Will Rejoin
Zoom meeting took place on Thursday 14th October 2021.
Or if you prefer a direct link to YouTube —https://youtu.be/jPkEteEjV8A
This is an inspiring talk followed by questions attended by members and friends of York For Europe.
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