A short piece on the importance of volunteering

Published on February 08, 2019
The government is failing us at this most critical moment. As the Prime Minister plays for time and uses bullying tactics and the threat of a disastrous crashing out of the EU to frighten parliamentarians into line, it is clear that Westminster is unable to lead.

So much has changed since summer 2016 when the Brexit was not clearly defined. I believe it makes sense for people to have a say with the reality of the options facing us and not just the generalised utopia of the 
Brexit. We need a People's Vote based on the current situation.
I have done my bit manning local street stalls, leafleting and gathering signatures for the People's Vote petition that was handed into Downing Street last year. I have also volunteered at the Peoples Vote HQ, which I think is a very effective way to help. I've helped with inputting data as well as phone banking.

Working on street stalls, I've found most people feel dismayed by the failure of elected politicians to represent their voters and to protect economic and social living standards - this applies to both those who voted for Leave as well as for Remain 3 years ago. And most agree that the current proposed solution is a lowest common denominator that satisfies nobody. The response to phone banking has also been good and many of the people I spoke to continue to offer support for the People's Vote campaign.

By volunteering at the HQ, I feel like I am doing my part to help reach people. More and more people are realising that a vote on the Brexit deal is the only viable and realistic way forward.

Sam Leitch is a member of the European Movement and a volunteer for the People's Vote campaign. 

If you'd like to volunteer for the People's Vote campaign, please sign up here. You can also get involved with your local group  - find their details here

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