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22ND MAY 2019 EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

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Use Your Vote Tomorrow!

Tomorrow we will go to the polls in elections to the European Parliament.  There are so many important issues facing us on a European level but inevitably these elections have been cast as test of opinion on Brexit and a pseudo-referendum.  It is vital that we all use our vote to best effect and encourage everyone we can to do the same.  We held a stall in Winchester [pictured] last Saturday, with a rival Brexit Party stand nearby, separated by morris dancers! We had many encouraging conversations with voters from the local area and well beyond about the importance of using their votes to stop Nigel Farage claiming a mandate for a No-Deal Brexit.  Thanks to everyone who came along.

Much continues to be debated about potential tactical voting strategies.  These issues were fully explored in a hustings event organised by Berkshire for Europe on Monday night with candidates from all of the major parties pitching for pro-Remain votes.  You can watch a full recording of this event on the BfE YouTube channel here.

If you are seeking guidance on how to best use your vote, in addition to the People's Vote Test that we mentioned previously, Best for Britain have conducted a major poll with results broken down by region - you can find the South East results here and the picture below shows their headline figures; they advocate a vote for any of the parties opposing a hard Brexit, and allow you to simulate different vote share options on the website.  The Remain Voter site have also produced analysis and suggestions for how to vote in our region, based on their own assumptions and view of the party positions.  Also below is a picture that seeks to explain the D'Hondt proportional voting system used in these elections - remember that your vote is a single X next to the party [or independent candidate] of your choice.

The relative merits of the party positions, and especially that of Labour, has been much debated.  The parties and their supporters are passionately making their cases, but a cross-party campaign against Brexit, spearheaded by the European Movement and sister organisations, through the People's Vote campaign, remains vital and must include as broad a base as possible in parliament and in all parts of the country, if we are to succeed in stopping Brexit.  For this reason we do not seek to tell people how who they should vote for tomorrow.

Stand with Lord Heseltine

The European Movement has always had supporters across all parties including many Conservatives.  Our long-time Patron, Lord Heseltine has bravely opposed his party's support for Brexit and has now had the party whip withdrawn.  We are keen to show our support for such strong voices within the Tories - please consider signing to say that you stand with Lord Heseltine and sharing on social media.


Thank you for your support, and make sure to vote tomorrow!

Andy Adams
European Movement - Hampshire

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