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Grassroots Conference: Where Next for Remain?

25/01/2020 @ 10:00 - 17:00 GMT


Download latest programme: (24 Jan version below).

Where Now For Remain – Programme Inside (Landscape)

UKPEN letter with announcement.

(“UKPEN letter” is a link to the letter.)

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Programme updated on 1 Jan 2020:

Where Now for Remain?

The Grassroots for Europe Conference 25 January 2020

Outline Programme

11.00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

11.10 Keynote Speech

11.30 What Were They Thinking? – public attitudes to Brexit and Boris Johnson


12.00 [Session A] Learning Lessons –
the grassroots view of the post-referendum campaign

12.00 [Session B] The Post-truth Age – can we bring trust & honesty back to politics?

12.00 [Session C] A Hostile Environment –
defending EU citizens in the UK & UK citizens in the EU

12.45 Feedback from Breakout Sessions

13.00 Lunch Break


14.00 [Session A] Brexit Isn’t “Getting Done”! – exposing Brexit’s failings

14.00 [Session B] Let’s Stay Friends – building new links & partnerships with Europe

14.00 [Session C] Electoral Reform – can we fix Britain without it?


15.00 [Session A] Getting Ourselves Organised – who is going to lead the fightback?

15.00 [Session B] A Pro-European UK Parliament – can we get one by 2024?

15.00 [Session C] Radical Protest – learning from Extinction Rebellion’s methods

16.00 Coffee Break


16.15 Feedback from Workshops 16.45 Closing Keynote Speech 17.00 Conference Close



Letter dated 26 December 2019 at 18:23

Where does the Pro-EU Movement go from here?
London, 25 January 2020

Dear [name]

I hope you have had a great Christmas so far, and have been able to think about something other than Brexit!  Unfortunately, it has not gone away, so, as we approach our dreaded departure from the European Union in January, we really do need to talk about where we go from here.

Thanks to the generous support of our conference sponsors, Best for Britain, and of local groups and individuals like you up and down to the country, we are now able to confirm that the conference will definitely go ahead at Central Hall, Westminster, London, on Saturday, 25 January 2020.

The conference Crowdfunder is already almost halfway to our target of £5,000.  We would like to hit the target before the start of January, at which point we will be able to launch ticket sales.  The more we can raise from donations, the lower the ticket price will be.  We will also be able to offer discounted ticket prices to those who have the farthest to travel to get to London.  In other words, we are asking those that can afford it to support those who can’t, by contributing generously to the Crowdfunder now.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”

Please click below to donate now.


The Draft Conference Programme

We are delighted to make available to you the draft programme for the conference.  This is far from set in stone, and we welcome suggestions to improve it, but hopefully it gives you an idea of the ground that we are hoping to cover.

11.00  Welcome and Opening Remarks

11.10  Keynote Speech

11.30  What Were They Thinking? – public attitudes to Brexit and Boris Johnson

12.00  [Session A] Learning Lessons – the grassroots view of the post-referendum campaign

12.00  [Session B] The Post-truth Age – can we bring trust & honesty back to politics?

12.00  [Session C] A Hostile Environment – defending EU citizens in the UK & UK citizens in the EU

12.45  Feedback from Breakout Sessions

13.00  Lunch Break

14.00  [Session A] Brexit Isn’t “Getting Done”! – exposing Brexit’s failings

14.00  [Session B] Let’s Stay Friends – building new links & partnerships with Europe

14.00  [Session C] Electoral Reform – can we fix Britain without it?

15.00  [Session A] Getting Ourselves Organised – who is going to lead the fightback?

15.00  [Session B] A Pro-European UK Parliament – can we get one by 2024?

15.00  [Session C] Radical Protest – learning from Extinction Rebellion’s methods

16.00  Coffee Break

16.15  Feedback from Workshops

16.45  Closing Keynote Speech

17.00  Conference Close

If you have any comments about the draft programme, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

You can download a pdf version of the draft programme, for onward circulation, below.

Download Draft Programme

Why not join the debate about the Grassroots for Europe conference on our dedicated Facebook page.  There is no better place to contribute your suggestions for topics, speakers and outcomes.

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Grassroots for Europe are grateful to Best for Britain for their generous sponsorship of the Pro-EU Conference 2020. We look forward to collaborating with them as the conference evolves. Please see for the latest news on the excellent work being carried out by Best for Britain.
Thanks for your support.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any thoughts or questions about the conference, or about anything else to do with our ongoing struggle to resist and, ultimately, reverse Brexit.

Best Wishes

Richard Wilson
Grassroots for Europe
Tel: 07807 183244

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Where does the Pro-EU Movement go from here?
A major Grassroots-led conference
London, 25 January 2020

Crowdfunder (please ask your groups to contribute):

It goes without saying that we are all devastated by the result of the General Election on 12 December.  Clearly, we all need time to absorb the implications and to discuss the situation with our fellow Remainers, before picking ourselves up and working out how to move forward.

However, we cannot afford to let the disillusionment of our supporters turn to disengagement.  We have built an extraordinary movement over the last 3 years – the strongest pro-European movement in Europe.  We must preserve what we have built and move quickly, but with care, to providing a new sense of purpose for our campaigners.

With this in mind, Grassroots for Europe are proposing that we hold a national conference, in London, on Saturday, 25 January 2020 – to which all pro-European campaigners will be invited – to take stock and start to formulate a strategy for our movement going forward.

Please mark the date in your diary now.  We are currently sourcing a venue and will announce details in the New Year.

We will be making contact with all of the other pro-EU campaign organisations, including the European Movement, Best for Britain, the People’s Vote constituent organisations, as well as non-aligned campaign groups to bring all stakeholders together.

If you know of anyone at all – whether campaigners, politicians, journalists or anyone with something to contribute to creating our new strategy – who we should involve in this conference, then please forward this email to them, ask them to make themselves available, and put them in touch with me so I can formally invite them.

If you can help in any other way with organising this conference, please could you get in touch.  We need to choose and book a suitable venue, promote the event, arrange speakers and an Agenda and generally start the debates that we need to have both before, during and after the conference.  Please click the link below to offer your assistance, letting me know how you can help.


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