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Exit Brexit !!

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WHY READ THIS?

It is just months away from our scheduled date of leaving the European Union.  In the two years that have elapsed since our referendum it has become apparent that:

1. There remains NO plan for Brexit. All the sketchy plans for Brexit (Chequers, No Deal, Norway, Canada Plus, Canada Geese etc.) are inferior to the deal we currently have with the EU.

2. There remain NO answers to the question "How will Brexit benefit me or the country?"  Even former UKIP leader Nigel Farage  cannot answer the question and Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests we won't see any benefit for 50 years.

3. There remains confusion and contention about what Brexit means, although it has become clearer that Brexit offers no value economically, socially, environmentally, ethically and so on.

Brexit is simply the pursuit of a political ideology for the few, not the many. All challenges to Brexit, be they legal, technical, social or otherwise have been ignored by our Government and the official opposition, putting their parties before the good of the country and its people.

Some say that Brexit cannot be stopped. They are wrong. They merely demonstrate the condition psychologists call "learned helplessness".  This occurs when people don't believe they can affect the outcome of an event and / or they don't know what to do about it.

Brexit is very likely to end, through the chaotic combination of a number of countervailing forces, some of which are summarised below in these events which lead to a number of end game Brexit scenarios:

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WHAT IS THIS PROJECT FOR?

We are running five projects to help end Brexit, each of them different in character and targeted towards different ambitions and communities:

1. Who Cares About Brexit 

Who Cares About Brexit focuses on the likelihood of deaths and serious illnesses under a No Deal Brexit scenario.  It is sheer irresponsibility on the part of our Government to threaten its citizens with medicine and food shortages merely so they can get us to accept any deal that they can cobble together.  We have already put the  Who Cares About Brexit website  together.  We now hope to make a poignant film along with a press campaign together to educate people about this tragic and soul-less development by our Government. We seek funds to develop this film and undertake the necessary press activity to give our campaign national visibility.  A draft video of the concept can be seen below.  Our film will use a professional voice over artist, feature live witness testimony and inputs from leading figures and opinion formers in the NHS etc. - estimated £3500.  

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2. Articles that change minds

We continue to generate informative articles and others with dramatic effect.  Examples include:

Article for French Political Lifestyle magazine L'OBS 

Europa United article on Strategies for Brexit Ghostbusting 

Daily Mirror article 

Plus Radio interviews on LBC, BBC etc.

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3. Challenging Vote Leave Lies


We will continue to challenge Vote Leave where we feel we can make an impact without contributing to the amplification of their own media presence.  Examples of this include a front page article in The Independent, The New European  and our surrealistic "online eBay auction of Nigel Farage" for 25 pence which will lead to a major embarrassment when he launches his bus tour. We seek funds to fund and publicise the "bus flashmob event" - estimated £1000.

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4. Street Ghostbusting

We continue our pub and cafe conversations with Leave Voters to demonstrate skills of dialogue and conflict resolution. We plan to record some of these, so that others can learn from them.  No funding needed for this - it will be a free resource to others. 

We have also continued street activism with music with a series of music based events to increase footfall at the People's March to one million people.  We need to just cover costs for these events.

However we are open to offering masterclass events in London, Brighton, Bristol, Plymouth, Birmingham, Manchester,  Liverpool, Carlisle, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh etc. to teach people the strategies and skills involved. This programme "Defence Against The Dark Brexit Arts" will be based on master practitioner NLP strategies skills, the very skills that won the referendum.  Although we will be learning to use the skills with an ethical purpose rather than for pure manipulation.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a tool, like a screwdriver.  A screwdriver can be used to make furniture or as a weapon. We will be focusing on the former approach - estimated £2500.  

5. Targeting Brexit Apathy with Satire

Exit Brexit  is a song to help put an end to Brexit, designed specifically to impact the man and woman on the street who have largely been unmoved by graphs, data and elaborate arguments about stopping Brexit.  This includes leave voters in regret and remainers who think we must follow "the will of the people".  Both groups exhibit what psychologists call "learned hopelessness".

Exit Brexit , written in the Chas & Dave "Mockney" style, will help persuade Brexiteers in regret and weary Remainers that Brexit is a "Dogs Dinner".  Here's the chorus line. Imagine "Margate" by Chas & Dave sung in an East End pub with punters soaked in Watneys' Red Barrel and cockles ...

We have recently engaged Charlie Mullins CBE, CEO of Pimlico Plumbers in the song and have produced a plumbing version of the song entitled "Bollocks to Brexit ".

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Check your mince pies and see what's on offer ...

* Just donate whatever you feel towards the recording costs - it will help us recover all the costs we have incurred in making the "Rage Against The Brexit Machine" catalogue.  A "Paul McKenna" would be great, a "Pony" even better !

* Be part of the "Mockney Brexit Choir" as your place in Making Brexit History - A ton (£100) buys you a day in a studio in Kent - we need ideally ten people for this (or twenty at £50 a head).  Please organise the people before donating and say explicitly that this is for the choir session.

* Appear in the video for the song - one day on location in the East End of London if there are sufficient backers - we need £4000 or two "Jeffrey Archers" for this, Please organise the people before donating and say explicitly that this is for the video session.

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It's been a phenomenal week and it's only Monday ... today the ECJ decreed that we can rescind Article 50 without any reference to or approval by the EU. And later on Theresa May staged one of the biggest and most humiliating climb downs in political history when she rescheduled the "meaningless vote" with no deadline.

Meanwhile I've been busy. We have the final single from the Rage Against The Brexit Machine project due for release on Friday 14 Dec. We are aiming at the UK Top 40 and need downloads on all the major platforms : iTunes, Amazon, Google Play etc. All details via http://www.brexitrage.com/rage/sample-page/country-brexit/

It's a bizarre Country and Western Festive Brexit Hoedown - OK, I made that up, but we've had just about every variety of Brexit, so why not this one !! :-)

Check "Theresa May's a Remainer" by "The Brexit Cowpokers" out now

Meanwhile, there are two pieces of media work we have done to drive further nails into the Brexit Beast. A piece on BBC Radio Kent at 09.23 am Monday 10 Dec. You may listen again at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06rltrr 23 minutes into the show

And finally, a superb interview coming with Norwegian TV - Listen here https://www.tv2.no/a/10274532/ We had a blast recording the piece in London and at my home in Kent yesterday and today.

Festive Greetings

Peter
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We have just released "Jezza is a Brexshitter" based on the Ramones song "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" in time for our day of action to #TellJeremy tomorrow MONDAY. Please share the song on social media and write to your MP and Jeremy. My letter is attached.

Going forward and for balance, I discovered that punk rock at 179 bpm makes good country music (if that's possible !!) at half the speed so Im just preparing a song to persuade Theresa May to face down the ERG and turn away from self harming Brexit. "Theresa's NOT a Brexshitter" will be released very shortly. Here are the draft lyrics I wrote today in a cafe.

Later on we are fixing for the anti Brexit bus to come to Kent.

We keep revolting !! :-)

Spread the word

Peter
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There has been a flurry of activity again, so here's a quick post on how we've been spending your donations:

FILMS : I have now produced two more films to help flush Brexit down the pan:

The Nigel Farage Eurotrash Mix - This song contains as many musical cliches as the subject !! :-) Nigel is currently under investigation re the new information on Bannon. Let's make sure he is convicted !!

The Pop Up South Eastern Train gig - riotously funny - featuring Another Prick in the Wall and The Chas & Dave Cockney Brexit Knees UP

WRITING And in more serious news, the article I wrote to help Wendy Nowak kill off No Deal Brexit has now hit the internet at An Unhealthy Brexit - Spread this far and wide https://europaunited.eu/2018/11/19/an-unhealthy-brexit/

Coming soon, I was dismayed to hear Jeremy Corbyn say that he did not know how to vote in a People's Vote. It is a failure of leadership and I'm producing a version of the Ramones "Jezza is a Brexshitter" - I started doodling with the song last night here - caution, some bad language https://www.facebook.com/peter.cook3/videos/10157012133502754/

Thank you for your support - we are continuing right up to the end now - Brexit must be stopped !!

all the best

Peter
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It's been a furious few weeks of activism. Here's a quick roundup:

We've been continuing to build the project to do the rooftop event at Pimlico Plumbers featuring a live performance of the Chas & Dave Cockney Brexit Knees UP - Download the song at https://academy-of-rock.bandcamp.com/track/bollocks-to-brexit-pimlico-plumbers-flush-brexit-mix

A range of articles has been produced ... Voices for Europe paper on the Music Business and Brexit - see https://voicesforeurope.com/are-eu-gonna-go-my-way-brexit-from-a-musicians-perspective
Coming soon another article for Europa United.

On the street activism in Kent and SODEM. I noticed how police attitudes have hardened towards Stephen Bray of late in our sleepwalk into dictatorship under Brexit ... :-)

Film production of our first pieces in the series "The Brexit Monologues" - Painfully funny - view one here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wGxqllT7tc

The battle bicycle has been refurbished and is back in action after a brief spell of licking wounds and making plans to take more care when out alone in Brexit Central, but I was out in the thick of it last night, making this bizarre video on the loneliest railway station in Kent - see https://www.facebook.com/peter.cook3/videos/10157003668487754/

Moving forward, we are planning to take the Red Bus to Kent soon ... details to follow ...

And if you feel like applying for the job of Brexit Secretary, I feel sure the job will be open once again by Monday morning ...

Have a great weekend

Peter
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