We are united around our acceptance that 1) Brexit has happened and 2) that it's not going well, and 3) that, whether we like it or not, we must now do whatever we can to #MakeBrexitWork.
This is why I am pleased to announce the relaunch of EFTA4UK.
EFTA4UK is one of the orginal campaigns for a Brexit referendum started in 2015. It's aims were and still are what leading Eurosceptics from Dan Hannan, who endorsed the campaign in 2016, to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, originally promised - to stay in a free trade area from Iceland to the Russian border.
Staying in the European Free Trade Area would avoid so many problems that come with a thin deal or no deal:
1. EEA membership is essential for many UK industries. Without the four freedoms many companies in IT, the arts and entertainment, legal, financial and commercial services will not be able to survive, let alone prosper.
2. It would solve many of the problems for people who have made their homes in other countries, and allow holidaymakers to continue to enjoy benefits they currently have.
3. It would help mitigate some of the problems around the Northern Ireland border.
4. It would put an end to the drama and allow the UK to rebuild good relations with the rest of Europe.
This is the premise for which the Brexiteers who ran EFTA4UK campaigned for, it is the premise which most of the VOTE LEAVE team campaigned for and it is the "proper Brexit" for which most of the public voted. Polls have consistently shown that roughly 60% of leavers always wanted to remain in the Single Market.
Even Nigel Farage campaigned on the basis of "wouldn't it be great to be like Norway or Switzerland?"
Following the death of one of the co-founders of the campaign earlier this year, shortly after the UK formally left the EU, the campaign folded. But in July I was approached by the remaining team members to relaunch the campaign. Since then we have secured the support of other Brexiteers who had expected Brexit to be an orderly process as well as former Remain campaigners who accept the political reality we find ourselves in.
If moderate leavers and remainers can come together, that would represent a significant majority.
To make this happen, we need your help. £60,175 will allow us to run a full-time campaign, including parliamentary and constituency lobbying of MPs, professional media engagement, events bringing policy makers together with experts to the end of this year. The proceeds will be used to fund 2 FT and 2 PT roles to deliver the campaign objectives as well as finance of campaign materials, incl. website, video production, digital advertsing and other expenses.
It is time for a more nuanced approach that represent the views of the silent majority who are sick of Brexit and crave a pragmatic resolution that puts an end to all the division. For the past few months the team has been working hard to prepare for the relaunch of EFTA4UK, using our own resources. Now we are ready for roll-out. Please help us make this happen by donating to this campaign.
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