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Grassroots Pro-EU Groups Urge EU to
Extend Article 50 for People's Vote

Pro-EU groups from across the UK have appealed directly to the European Union to keep all options open on Brexit - including the possibility of Brexit being cancelled or reversed.  They have also called for the rights of British citizens as European citizens to be protected.

In November 2018, 121 grassroots campaigning groups, including Leeds for Europe, signed an open letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, asking him not to do anything that would place obstacles in the way of a new referendum - and urging him to make provision for the possible revocation of Article 50.

In January 2019, this letter was followed up by a further letter - this time signed by 124 grassroots groups - to the Brexit Steering Group of the European Parliament, which is chaired by Guy Verhofstadt.  This second letter asked the European Parliament to commit to safeguarding the rights of all citizens of the EU throughout the Brexit process and to consult with UK citizens to ascertain whether they agree to the loss of such rights.  The letter also reminded the parliament of the UK's right to unilaterally revoke Article 50, asking the parliament to send a positive signal confirming their willingness to welcome the UK's revocation and to allow time for this to take place.

A third letter, in March 2019, highlighted the rapidly growing strength of pro-European sentiment in the UK and asked for the EU to be ready to grant an extension to the Article 50 deadline of sufficient length to enable a People's Vote referendum to be held.

These initiatives have been coordinated by "Grassroots for Europe", a network of local activist groups across the UK and beyond, in what is fast becoming the EU's largest pro-European mass movement.

You can read and download all three letters, together with accompanying Press Releases, below.

New Letter to Donald Tusk Calls for EU to Grant Article 50 Extension to Enable Referendum to be Held in UK

Grassroots for Europe have sent a second letter to Donald Tusk.  Signed by over 100 grassroots pro-EU groups, the letter draws attention to the growing strength the pro-European movement across the length and breadth of the UK.  It urges Mr Tusk to be ready to grant a long extension to the Article 50 process - of sufficient length to enable a People's Vote referendum to be held. 

In the letter, we acknowledge that a long extension would mean the UK participating in European Parliamentary Elections.  We actually welcome this possibility.

The letter also makes the important point that the UK is currently in the frontline of the fight against nationalism and the rise of far right extremism in Europe.  A victory for us against Brexit could mark the turning of the tide and embolden democratic forces across Europe who, like us, are fighting to drive the nationalists into irrelevance.

You can view and download the latest letter below.
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Letter to Members of the
European Parliament Brexit Steering Group
8 January 2019

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Letter to Donald Tusk,
President of the European Council
​24 November 2018

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