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Hazel Dawe appealing to MPs to defend our rights by amending the Brexit Bill.

Speaking at the recent Delay Article 50 demonstration, Hazel Dawe has been appealing to MPs to defend our rights and amend the Brexit Bill, warning of the possible implications in triggering Article 50 without more thought.

See Hazel in action in this video clip.

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Caroline Lucas will vote against triggering Brexit now

Tonight MPs will start voting on the Brexit Bill, to trigger Article 50. Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and former Oxfordshire County Councillor, explains why she wants to work together to stop Britain suffering the worst effects of Brexit.

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Green Guarantees

The Green Party has put forward some key 'Green Guarantees' that we think must be met before Article 50 is triggered, starting our exit from the European Union. Without these guarantees, Brexit risks turning the UK into a meaner, less tolerant, and poorer country; a country where our environmental standards and rights as workers and consumers are sacrificed on the altar of trade deals and competition.

You can read the full list of Green Guarantees online at mollymep.org.uk/brexit/#guarantees.

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The Citizens’ CETA Summit Declaration

Here is the declaration from the Citizens CETA Summit in Brussels, signed on behalf of Oxfordshire Green Party by Councillors Ruthi Brandt.

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Rights of EU nationals in the UK

The Greens have asked a leading barrister for information on the rights of EU nationals in the UK you can find answers to your questions here:

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Templates letters on Human Rights and the Environment

Following our Campaign group meeting on 16th November, we are issuing templates for supporters to use to write to Conservative MP's on the Environment and Human Rights.

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Europe campaign advice on how to deal with race hate crimes

You can use the following websites to use to report hate crimes:

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Tackling ‘Leave’ voter disaffection

Background: While the anti-immigration propaganda can be linked to the surge in hate crime and according to news reports some people clearly did think that immigrants would have to ‘Leave’ when their vote won, immigration does not necessarily account for people’s choice to vote ‘Leave’. An area by area analysis done at Nottingham Trent University shows that ‘Leave’ votes were generally higher in areas with lower proportions of immigration. This may suggest that less familiarity with ‘outsiders’ breeds fear or prejudice, but it complicates any assessment of voter motivation. Some areas were Conservative shires, others were de-industrialised areas oppressed by the privatisation and austerity policies of successive governments.

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Monitoring misleading claims during electoral and referendum campaigns

Background: Both referendum campaigns were cause for concern. The ‘Remain’ campaign failed to make any positive  case for the EU and it’s doom-laden scenarios, while not unfounded, backfired. The lack of a positive case enabled the  ‘Remain’ campaign to be labelled ‘project fear’ and easily dismissed by people who have suffered under successive UK government policies. The label ‘project fear’ led some people to feel a vote for ‘Leave’ would punish the Government, the Conservatives, and the whole ‘Westminster Bubble’.

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The Invocation of Article 50

Background: Legal opinion is divided on whether Parliament must be involved in triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which starts the withdrawal negotiations, or whether the Prime Minister can invoke it by executive order without parliamentary consent. Theresa May has said she will not trigger Article 50 until “a UK approach and objectives for negotiations” is agreed - which implies parliamentary involvement in setting objectives, also that she wants “the Scottish Government to be fully engaged in [the] discussion”, which implies willingness to consult. Parliament’s role in the invocation is uncertain.

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Protecting the status of EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in other EU countries

Background: In the House of Commons there is an Early Day Motion (EDM 259) on safeguarding the status of both UK citizens resident in other EU countries and citizens of other EU countries resident in the UK. To date (25.8.2016) it has 41 cross-party signatures from seven parties (Labour, SNP, Conservative, Liberal Democrat, SDLP, Green, Plaid Cymru) plus two independents. A large number of signatures on this EDM will support the second reading of ‘EU Citizens Right to Stay Bill’ (see below).

Check whether your MP has signed it at: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/259

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Food and agriculture after Brexit

Oxfordshire Green Party has responded to one of the first national consultations to be held about policies after Brexit. The Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons ran a consultation on the future of agriculture and the environment after Brexit. Steve Dawe, Policy Coordinator of Oxfordshire Green Party, compiled the Party's submission to
this consultation. He comments:

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Letters to MPs on a referendum petition

A parliamentary petition on the referendum has collected over 4,140,000 signatures and has been given a parliamentary debate to be held in Westminster Hall at the House of Commons on 5 September at 4.30pm. For those who cannot attend in person it should be viewable on parliamentlive.tv.

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Greens Support Oxford March for Europe

Oxfordshire Green Party will be supporting the Oxford March for Europe, being held on Saturday 3rd September at 11.00am, starting at Bonn Square and marching to Broad Street.

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Parliamentary debate on referendum petition 131215 on 5 September 2016

MPs will not answer emails unless you include your full postal address. Letters sent by post might be taken more seriously.
You can get your MP’s email address at:
If you write to your MP via https://www.writetothem.com/ the email format is pre-set and after two weeks they will ask you to let them know if your MP has replied.
The House of Commons postal address is:

The House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

It is important that letters/e-mails are individualised in terms of wording and content priorities.
Include questions on what your MP is going to do reduce their options for reiterating party opinion. Suggestions for ways of introducing, organising and concluding a postal letter follow.
LETTERS/EMAILS ON THIS ISSUE NEEDS TO BE SENT BEFORE 5 SEPTEMBER 2016

1. Parliamentary Debate on Referendum Petition 131215 on 5 September 2016
Background: A parliamentary petition on the referendum has collected over 4,140,000 signatures! see https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/131215 and has been given a parliamentary debate to be held in Westminster Hall at the House of Commons on 5 September at 4.30pm. For those who cannot attend in person it should be viewable on parliamentlive.tv. The petition requested the Government “to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum”. The law cannot be changed retrospectively, but the debate is an opportunity for MPs to raise questions about the referendum campaigns; about the fierce divisions it has created, the hate crimes it has unleashed, and the anger of the disaffected it has laid bare after 30 years of closing manufacturing industries, privatising public services, reduced availability of permanent jobs and austerity policies imposed on the people who can least afford them. The UK has the largest wealth gap of EU countries and, along with Ireland, has the steepest rise in food insecurity since the 2008 crash. This is not the EU’s fault. It has been persistently scapegoated since the Maastricht Treaty by those who want banks and businesses to be free of EU regulation.

Ask your MP:
Will you be attending the debate on petition 131215 on 5 September? Tell your MP why you think this is important!
for example:
The closeness of the vote and the divisions the referendum has created, require that all aspects of campaigns, the vote, and its consequences need to be thoroughly examined.
The Conservative ‘eurosceptic’ deregulation agenda needs to be fully exposed. It needs to be asked who will benefit from dispensing with EU regulations.
The deregulation agenda needs to be compared with the focus of the ‘Leave’ campaign, which held immigration responsible for the social impact of successive UK government policies.
The anger and despondency of the people who voted ‘Leave’ as a means to protest their situation needs to be fully acknowledged and addressed by means of massive investment in jobs, training, house building and public services.
Ask your MP:
Are you in favour of legislating to set a threshold of (say 70%) support based on the population eligible to vote rather that the actual vote in order for the referendum to be acted on?
Would you be prepared to sponsor an Early Day Motion supporting such a threshold?
Would you be prepared to sponsor an Early Day Motion in support renewed investment in industry, jobs, training, house building and public services?
____________________________________________________________________
your address

your MPs name & address if a postal letter)

Dear - your MPs name
I am writing to raise my one/two/three etc concerns about the referendum ...
I am writing to ask for your position on one/two/three/etc issues linked to the referendum ...
Firstly, ... / My first concern is ... / First, and most importantly ... /
I would like to know whether ... ?/ Will you support ... ?/ etc etc
Secondly, .../ etc etc

I look forward to your answers to my questions,

Yours sincerely,
your name
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Greens support Oxford Stays rally

Oxfordshire Green Party will be supporting the Oxford Stays rally being held at 5.30pm in Broad Street, Oxford on Thursday 21st July. This rally will support many Oxfordshire residents whose right to stay in the UK may be under threat as a result of the Leave decision on 23rd June.

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Stand Together with EU Citizens

Oxfordshire Green Party will be supporting the Oxford Stays rally being held at 5.30pm in Broad Street, Oxford on Tuesday 28th June.

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Why vote remain?

On Monday night, 90 people turned up to hear the social and environmental case for the EU.

We now have video recordings for you to watch.

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The fight for Europe enters its final week

The fight for the UK to remain in the European Union has entered its final week. On Thursday 23rd June, voters will decide whether the UK remains in or leaves the European Union. Oxfordshire Green Party will be continuing it’s campaigning up to and including the final day of this referendum campaign.

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