The European Movement UK (EMUK) is consolidating its presence through formal collaboration with like-minded organisations. We now have an official partnership with Scientists for EU, Healthier IN the EU, and an affiliation agreement with Britain for Europe.
We are at a time when opposition to plans to exit the European Union is becoming more organised. Theresa May lost any mandate she thought she had for a hard Brexit after the General Election and now more and more people are uniting behind the belief that leaving the EU is a disastrous mistake and we need to steer the UK away from the cliff edge.
Against this backdrop, The European Movement UK has been ramping up its branch network across the UK and increasing its membership and supporter base. Working together with other pro-European organisations, such as Scientists for EU, Healthier IN the EU and Britain for Europe, helps us to combine forces and get the message across that we want to defend a bright future side by side with our European partners.
James MacCleary, campaigns director, European Movement UK, said: “We are at a turning point where all the support we can gather from our members and supporters is going to be crucial in our campaign to keep this country inside the EU.
“Likewise, we are in better position to represent the groundswell of opinion against departure from the EU, when we team up with others who have common interests and goals. We are thrilled to have a partnership with Scientists for EU, which includes Healthier IN the EU, and an affiliation with Britain for Europe and we are always keen to cooperate with other groups who can add strength and help build our voice.”
Dr Robert Davidson, CEO, Scientists for EU and Healthier IN the EU, said: “As the Brexit Ministry looks to be falling apart, the Remain campaign is coming together. By forming this partnership, we are beginning the coalescence of a powerful movement that can give a platform to the concerns of Brits and other EU citizens alike, and can shine a light on the baseless bluster and zeal of Brexit leaders. No one voted to be poorer, no one voted for Brexit debt and Austerity for our NHS.”
Tom Brufatto, chair, Britain for Europe, said: “It has always been at the heart of pro-European sentiment that there is strength in unity. It is with this spirit that by formalising our relationship with organisations that share our objectives, we will deliver a united front to oppose Brexit.
“We can now look forward to the impact of our organisations being amplified as we launch a new phase of our campaign. Together we look forward to reclaiming the narrative and making the case for continued UK membership of the EU.”
Scientists for EU is a campaign by UK scientists to keep the UK in the EU. Science is vital for the UK's economy and quality of life. Science is also at the heart of global, social challenges that face us all. We believe that we can achieve so much more good for the UK and the world from within the EU. Find out more here: http://scientistsforeu.uk/
Healthier IN the EU is a grassroots campaign raising the voice of UK health professionals, carers, patients and researchers in the negotiations and policies following the EU referendum. Healthier in the EU still believe that full membership of the EU is best for the UK’s health care and we must fight to work as closely as possible with the EU for effective health policy, data sharing and free movement of health workers and researchers. Find out more here: www.healthierin.eu
Britain for Europe is a national voice campaigning for continued UK membership of the European Union. Britain for Europe is a non party-political, grassroots organisation set up in the immediate aftermath of the referendum with 40 local groups of campaigners from across the UK. Find out more here: www.britainforeurope.org
The European Movement UK is looking forward to future opportunities to work with fellow pro-Europeans who can support our activities.