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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 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
3. There remains confusion 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.

In fact, Brexit is very likely to end, through the chaotic combination of a number of countervailing forces, some of which are summarised in this series of "event strings" leading to a number of end game Brexit scenarios:

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WHAT IS THIS PROJECT FOR?

We are running four 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. 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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3. 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.  You can read an article we wrote on this topic at Europa United .

4. 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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In the run up to The People's March we have been doing daily events:

WED : High Street event in Gillingham - a hard Brexit area - We ended up in some cafe conversations with Brexit Voters and some pleasant surprises and receptivity to answers about Brexit. People are totally confused and fed up with Brexit but still awareness of basic facts is low.

THU : Rochester "Brexitometer" event with music plus an interview for BBC Radio. Followed by our event at The Bank of England - see https://www.facebook.com/events/245588839459591

We will be making a call to James O'Brien on LBC re the latest Brexit Fudge. See our tweet to Theresa May https://twitter.com/AcademyOfRock/status/1052804110087532544

SAT : We may be performing at Trafalgar Square with Rachel Ashley at The People's March, pending availability of a PA system. Rachel herself has a superb new song coming soon.

We also have a full feature article on "What's wrong with Theresa May" and "Brexit apathy" in top French lifestyle magazine L'OBS. Also a feature on The People's March coming in the next day. See https://www.nouvelobs.com/monde/20181016.OBS4045/brexit-theresa-may-une-dame-en-enfer.html#

All of this was down to being spotted by a wonderful French journalist who was doing some sight seeing in London and spotted my T Shirt in a large crowd of tourists in Whitehall. Offensive? Yes. Effective? Yes.

And Charlie Mullins has given his OK to our "Chas & Dave Cockney Brexit Knees Up" song. Charlie features on the song, as does a "guest toilet" - Download Bollocks to Brexit via https://academy-of-rock.bandcamp.com/track/bollocks-to-brexit-pimlico-plumbers-flush-brexit-mix

Thank you so much for the donations which helps us put our business life on hold to tread water and fight Brexit 24 / 7

Peter
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We have now completed the "NIGEL FARAGE GARAGE - EUROTRASH MIX" song and previewed it at Kings Cross, Shoreditch, Sheerness and Medway last week.

Download at https://academy-of-rock.bandcamp.com/track/nigel-farages-garage-eurotrash-mix

We have also released the Pimlico Plumbers Mix of "Bollocks to Brexit" - Download via https://academy-of-rock.bandcamp.com/track/bollocks-to-brexit-pimlico-plumbers-mix

Thanks for your continued support. We are working through next week to build the People's March to one Million people.
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We have commenced a pop up protest series of events to target major London terminus stations with the aim of getting ONE MILLION people to the people's march.

Please support our costs for doing this by donating to the funding page. None of the main Remain movements are backing us and we are running on empty.

Our dates are:

Tues 09 Oct - London Bridge - DONE
Thurs 11 Oct - Kings Cross Station - 5 pm onwards
Fri 12 Oct - Shoreditch Tube - 6 pm onwards
Tues 16 Oct tbc - probably Paddington or Fenchurch Street
Thurs 18 Oct tbc - probably Waterloo

Aside from this we have been asked by Voices for Europe to write a technical assessment of the impact of Brexit for the music industry.

Find our latest articles for Europa United at:

How Brexit Ends https://europaunited.eu/2018/09/15/peter-cook-how-will-brexit-end/

Strategies for Brexorcism https://europaunited.eu/2018/10/05/apathy-in-the-uk-personal-strategies-and-skills-for-brexorcism/
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We have some new case studies and have made a new draft video for the campaign. We now need to make a professional film using proper voice over artist , input direct from patients and from doctors and other eminent figures in the debate.

Here's the demo video:

All the best

Peter
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