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Pro-European group launched in Pinner

 Published on: 2nd March 2018   |   By: Tim Green   |   Category: Uncategorized

Local people worried about Brexit have formed a pro-European group which launched in Pinner last month.

The new group believes it is essential that the British people are given the opportunity to approve or reject the terms of any final Brexit deal the government proposes.

It held its first meeting at The Oddfellows Arms in Pinner last month.

Joel Lindop, chair of the newly-established group, said: “We don’t believe that the referendum 20 months ago gave the government a blank cheque to leave Europe on whatever terms it chooses. We think it’s very likely that a second referendum or a general election will be needed to make any final decision – because, at present, it’s totally unclear as to what type of Brexit we are in danger of being lumbered with.”

The newly-formed local pro-European group will cover two boroughs – Harrow and Hillingdon. It is currently busy recruiting new members – and is planning to carry out public campaigning work to raise awareness of the serious economic and political questions raised by Brexit.

Mr Lindop added: “Our role will be to give a voice to the very large number of people in this area who are deeply concerned about the situation.”

The group has been set up as the local branch of Britain’s oldest pro-European organisation – the European Movement.

Mr Lindop said: “The aim was to foster European peace and cooperation – to promote security and prosperity for the UK and our European neighbours.”

The European Movement is fully pro-Europe and anti-Brexit.

Throughout Europe, the movement has organisations and activities in most of the continent’s countries – and in Britain itself it has 70 branches, including 10 in London.

The Harrow and Hillingdon branch has been launched with a membership of 30 – but the group anticipates that will grow very substantially, given that, at the referendum, 122,000 people in the area voted against Brexit.

To contact the European Movement, go to http://www.europeanmovement.co.uk/, email info@euromove.org.uk or call 0208 433 6890

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