The newly renovated restaurant Times Square in Devizes with a chilled and quirky design was the scene for a party for Devizes for EU on mid Summer evening to celebrate months of campaigning throughout the constituency. Those efforts had been rewarded in the European election with three seats in the South West won by parties that supported the People’s Vote. Over 70 members and their guests enjoyed Andrew Hurst’s guitar pieces from around Europe’s member states.
In her welcome, Kate put the membership numbers in perspective. “We’ve grown from 4 to 450 in just over a year. But there is room for considerable expansion. There are 8,496 who have signed up to revoking Article 50 in the Devizes constituency. That’s 12.3% of the electorate.” She compared that to the likely 1% – 2% local conservative members who will be electing the next Prime Minister “to deliver a nail-biting cliff edge horror show,” and urged everyone to help enlist the other 8,000 pro EU constituents to help rescue a dire situation.
Speaking at the event, vice chair Stephen Stacey said: “In 2016 Parliament told us to decide whether the UK should leave the European Union. In 2019 we want to be allowed to decide whether to leave or to remain a member. We know that the deal we have today is better than any we could have tomorrow.” Looking ahead, he announced that Devizes for EU would join the March for Change in London on 20 July. The march will launch a campaign to explain the benefits of EU membership. “A no-deal crash-out is a no-hope Brexit. We must show that EU membership helps us to address the UK’s challenges. Leaving the EU will make them far worse. Join us on the March for Change!”
The event raised over £400. This was twice what we had expected thanks to the generous prizes donated by local businesses and individuals. This will cover new pull up banners for future stalls, placards, Facebook ads, leaflets, and other campaign stock. Look out for snazzy T shirts that are in the pipeline.