The Conservative Government seems intent on a hard Brexit and on stopping parliament having a say on triggering 'Article 50'. So much for 'taking back control'!
The Winchester and Chandler's Ford Liberal Democrats are standing up for those of us who want to ensure our relationship with Europe is as close as possible. We'll be asking people to sign a petition to keep the UK in the single market on Winchester High Street on Saturday morning but you can also sign it on this website: Keep the UK in the Single Market Petition
The local Liberal Democrat team recently took to Winchester High Street to publicise the national Safety Pin Campaign.
The campaign stems from the fact that since the EU referendum there has been a significant rise in racism and xenophobia in Britain. EU Nationals, immigrants and refugees have suffered racist abuse.
The safety pin campaign aims to send a clear but simple message to anyone who feels threatened or ill at ease anywhere in public.
Wearing a safety pin says:
- I want you to feel both safe and welcome
- I am here to offer help and support
- I am prepared to stand up against racism
- I will not tolerate intolerance
The team spoke to dozens of residents and handed out lots of pins, local Councillor Jackie Porter Said; "It was great to see so much support for this initiative. The Liberal Democrats are an open, tolerant and united party. As part of campaigns like this we are fighting for an open, tolerate and united Britain."
Winchester and Chandler's Ford Liberal Democrats have been welcoming many new members, part of over 4,000 who have joined the party nationwide since the EU referendum result was announced.
Criminals and terrorists operate across borders. It is vital that our police and security services do too. Being in Europe allows our police to work with neighbouring forces to tackle cross-border crimes and keep our streets safer. It means criminals have nowhere to hide.
Families up and down the UK are better off as a result of being in Europe. Leaving would drive prices up meaning we would all be worse off.
Being in Europe means British businesses can trade with 500 million customers across the continent without tariffs or barriers. If we left Europe, trade would be more expensive, businesses would move elsewhere and jobs would be lost.
A big "Thank You" to everyone who voted for the Liberal Democrats across Winchester and Chandler's Ford last Thursday!
After five years of the Conservatives running Winchester City Council, a long list of failures shows it's time for a change.
Lib Dem campaigners across the country are fighting to stop Conservative plans that would mean parents and teachers have no say over the running of local schools. In Winchester, no school is currently an academy. The Conservative Government's plan means all will be forced to become an academy.
A council that listens, decent homes for everyone, and a green community are the headline pledges made by Winchester Liberal Democrats in their Vision for Winchester.