We are Oxford for Europe – a group of volunteers working to help Oxford remain the welcoming and vibrant international centre that it has always been.
While our activity is mainly in Oxford, we support activities across Oxfordshire and the UK in co-operation with numerous other formal and informal pro-EU organisations. We are affiliated to the European Movement UK, and work closely with Grassroots for Europe, March for Change, Best for Britain and many others.
Brexit has happened, but that only increases the need to promote pro-EU voices, to make EU citizens welcome, to share news from the EU and to encourage more people to get involved in building a pro-European city, county and country. With the country facing unprecedented difficulties as a result of the pandemic, we need to ensure that we do not lose sight of the need to cooperate across borders, and to mitigate the increasingly obvious damage since 1 January 2021
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Latest blog from the Chair:
Build Back Beaver
We need to talk about TIGRR (20 Sept 21)
Enduring Freedom? (30 August 2021)
Playing Football With Our Freedoms (12 July)
Not A Sausage (20 June 2021)
As The Dust Settles (24 May 2021)
A Vacuum of Integrity (25 April 2021)
No Way To Start A Trade War (13 March)
A Touch of Frost (26 February)
Our Next Meeting
How is Brexit Damaging Oxford?
Our friends at The Oxford European Association are organising an event at the Town Hall with the support of Oxford for Europe to answer this question. The key speaker will be Andrew Adonis, Chair of the European Movement, together with local speakers from the business and academic communities on Thursday, 28th October at 7.30pm
Our Most Recent Meetings
AC Grayling on 18th August
Step-by-Step Towards Rejoin
With Lord Andrew Adonis, Chair of the European Movement UK
Tues 27 July 2021
Jointly Sponsored by Oxford For Europe and Grassroots For Europe
Our Previous meeting
The UK in Europe – New Perspectives
Thursday 15th July 2021
With Annette Dittert and Alex Andreou
The Politics of Lies
Our Previous Events:
We have had numerous virtual meetings, featuring speakers as diverse as Layla Moran MP, Ian Dunt, Terry Reintke, Richard Corbett, Tony Connelly, Jonathan Lis, Chris Grey, Jessica Simor, Peter Jukes, Peter Geoghegan, Philippa Whitford, Dominic Grieve and Michael Dougan.
Previous face-to-face meetings have been addressed by Rachel Clarke, Gavin Esler, Prof Timothy Garten Ash, Prof Sarah Harper, Catherine Bearder MEP, Naomi Smith, Peter Dukes, Jon Danzig, Will Hutton, Layla Moran and Mike Galsworthy
Citizens’ Rights in Danger
EU National in the UK had until 30 June to apply for Settled Status. Major pain faces those who have not done so. Please remind your EU friends, and do what you can to help limit the damage. Details here.
My Personal Journey while the UK left the European Union
The perspective of one of our members, Annette Shaw
Defend The Right To Protest Peacefully
The government has tabled new legislation, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will seriously restrict our right to protest peacefully. This is still going through Parliament and action needs to be taken now to oppose it. See here for details.
And see here for an article by Oxford For Europe’s Lizzy Price and Peter Burke.
Good Law Project
We are supporting the work of Jolyon Maugham QC and his team in holding this Government to account. Details here.
Grassroots for Europe Council Election
We are affiliated to a national body, Grassroots for Europe. A new council has been elected, including our own Colin Gordon. See here for details.
Read the latest from Chris Grey
Chris Grey is a distinguished blogger who has spoken to Oxford for Europe. You can read his brilliant weekly blog here:
For further information and to watch the video click here:
Blue Passports and Narrowed Horizons
A Musician’s Perspective. Click here
We should campaign to preserve the right of students in UK and EU to visit other countries. See here
Letter to Labour about the emerging catastrophe of Brexit: act now!
West of England Bylines
We work closely with the online publication, West Of England Bylines. You can read it here
Labour’s Position on the Trade Deal: An Open Letter
A letter to Labour from one of our supporters – read it here
Socially-distanced event to support UNITE’s #GetADeal call to save BMW jobs at Cowley
A Pariah State – us?
UK Government proposing to renege on EU Withdrawal Agreement and become a Pariah State: An Open Letter from the Chair
The Russia Report
This eventually came out last year, after a totally avoidable delay of 9 months. The Government’s attempts to say ‘nothing to see here’ are transparent and are part of a gaslighting campaign which must never succeed.
The report makes it clear that Russian interference in the UK democratic process is the ‘new normal’, and calls clearly for an investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 Referendum. Even though it finds no evidence of such a role, it roundly castigates successive Tory Governments for failing to seek one. It leaves open the question of whether the reason for this gross neglect was malice, incompetence, or both. We in Oxford For Europe, together with our sister organisations, call for urgent action so that such abuses can never happen again and so that those responsible can be held to account.
CBI calls for a no-deal Brexit to be avoided
On 18th October a joint statement was issued by the CBI and 71 trade bodies, covering the whole of British industry and agriculture, and stating that a no deal Brexit would severely damage all sectors of the economy and must be avoided. Details here.
Messages from Oxford For Europe’s Media Team:
Faces of Europe.
Cummings, Brexit and Russia
Colin Gordon, of Oxford For Europe, has written in some detail about Cummings and Russia. Follow this link.
Colin Gordon writes about the continuing role of Parliamentary Select Committees: here.
Stop the assaults on our democratic freedoms https://www.bestforbritain.org/saveourdemocracy
Call for a public enquiry into the government’s handling of Coronavirus: https://www.marchforchange.uk/coronavirus_inquiry
Seek Europe-wide Visa-free work permit for Touring professionals and Artists:
Oppose the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
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