Help me STOP Brexit? We CAN do it.
We CAN stop Brexit from happening! There is still time.
Some of you might know me as 'the middle guy' from #3Blokesinapub or from Twitter @JasonJHunter I've been fighting against this thing called Brexit now since 2012 but have recently stepped up activity.
My first phone in to a radio show was back during the 2012 Euro elections to Iain Dale on LBC Radio, you can hear that clip here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MwGGWqIWfM
More recently I appeared on BBC News discussing 'Project Catastrophe' before Donald Tusk used the same words.
I regularly speak at events around the UK in Swindon, Trowbridge, Bath, Chester, London and Liverpool and have planned events in Oxford, Plymouth, Exeter, Durham and wider afield. If you are interested in the sort of presentation that I give then please have a listen to this 20 minute speech I made where I cover three topics
1. How did we get here with Brexit?
2. What does Brexit actually mean? and
3. What can we do about it now?
I've visited Geneva, Brussels, Belfast, Dublin, Gibraltar, Spanish Residents and am factfinding with #3blokesinapub because our Government just arent being honest with us.
Why am I fundraising?
I have been incredibly active in providing the information that people want to hear about Brexit while at the same time trying to hold down a full time job in the UK energy sector. I have run out of annual leave to fight Brexit and on 9th October I handed in my resignation in order that I can fight Brexit full time. I've already lost a £30,000 bonus this year and need to cover my living costs through to Brexit day 29th March 2019. It is with great hope that the incredible support for the work that I've been doing will enable me to work this full time. Without your support I am going to struggle to keep up the good fight.
There IS still time to Stop Brexit.
Theresa May is in Brussels next week at the final Council Summit to conclude the Article 50 discussions about how the UK leaves the EU. If she fails to agree the 3 key points of an orderly withdrawal (thats the protection of citizens rights, agreeing a payment plan for the UKs financial obligations and thirdly ensuring that there is a 'backstop' to ensure that there is never a border built on the island of Ireland) then the UK will be leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement.
No WA means no transition period, and a hard cliff edge Brexit at 11:01pm on 29th March 2019. Noone voted for that in the 2016 referendum, and there is certainly not a mandate in Government for a cliff edge Brexit, and certainly not a majority in the House of Commons or the Lords for a cliff edge Brexit.
It is my feeling that when this 'no-deal brexit' is voted down in Parliament the logical thing for the Prime Minister to do for the sake of the country would be to go to Brussels and collect the letter invoking Article 50 of the Treaty of the EU stating our intention to leave the European Union and withdraw out intention to leave and make a request that the UK remains in the EU as a full member influencing an reforming for the benefit of all 28 member states.
However, I believe that the House of Commons and the Government are too cowardly to do this and they will ask the people of the UK for consent to withdraw the letter in a #PeoplesVote.
The first battle we have to win is getting a referendum on the final deal. Once we have that we fight and we win that referendum for the sake of everyone in the country.
I have a number of campaigns that I believe will significantly influence the above process but now I have no day job, I desperately need your help to survive financially until B-Day next March.
I would NEVER have forgiven myself if I didn't do everything in my power to STOP Brexit for all our sakes and when my anti-Brexit activities are now conflicting with work there was only one option for me.
Below are some further highlights of my activities, if I could do all this WITH a day job, imagine what WE can do when I'm on this full time!
This is me on BBC Radio Kent discussing Brexit with one of the heads of the Brexit Snake, Jonathan Isaby, Editor of Brexit Central website:
This is a call to Shelagh Fogarty on LBC Radio demolishing the UK Governments first round of technical notices:
Here with James O'Brien on LBC Radio... this one was rather popular...
Then of course there are FOURTEEN episodes of #3Blokesinapub which you can find on Graham Hughes YouTube channel.
Episode 1 - No Deal Brexit
Episode 2 - Best brexit
Episode 3 - Project Fear
Episode 4 - No Deal technical notices
Episode 5 - Southampton container port
Episode 6 - Talking International Law
Episode 7 - Geneva Part 1 - WTO terms trade
Episode 8 - Geneva part 2
Episode 9 - Energy and Environment with an MP
Episode 10 - Parts 1 and 2 Living in Limbo
Episode 11 - Gibraltar
Episode 12 - Brits in Spain
Episode 13 - On the Irish Border
Episode 14 - Dublin
More to come of course, but I desperately need your help so please do donate and help me get through to March next year so we can STOP BREXIT together.
We stopped Brexit on 31st March 2019, and we stopped it again on April 12th, we CAN stop it again on 31st October 2019 which is the current target date for the UK to leave the EU. Millions of us have been fighting tooth an nail to ensure that this does not happen as a matter of urgency, and thanks to your help I have been working night and day to do my part.
You will remember last October that I set up this crowdfund in order to allow me to quit my well paid day job and to fund my living costs while I was campaigning, however, that didnt actually end up where your kind donations went.
Thanks to your finanical help, I was able to run a nationwide tour of public events with rooms full of both remain and leave supporters discussing the results of fact finding missions. Some of these were filmed and can be found on YouTube on this link https://www.google.com/search?q=youtube+jason+hunter&safe=strict&rlz=1C1CHBF_en-GBGB793GB793&source=lnms&tbm=vid&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKgY60rf_jAhUBQUEAHdYIDiAQ_AUIESgB&biw=1366&bih=625
This was an expensive excercise and as you saw with a previous update, just in 2018, I carried out over 170 events across the UK reaching many thousands face to face and and the videos have been seen many many hundreds of thousands of times, here is just one example if you have a spare 20 minutes?
I was able to carry out many many TV and radio interviews, again some of which you can find on the link above or on my social media accounts.
I ran an online social media campaign targetting leave voters with a series of sponsored advertisemts in different regions across the UK, some of which reached over 605,000 people.
Remember the Bollocks to Brexit Bus that toured the UK, Ireland, and even across the channel to Brussels, well, yes instead of using your kind donations for replacing my living osts I also contributed to 25% of the cost of that too.
I will be publishing a full and detailed set of expenses at year end in October, but a quick overview as follows; The biggest expense was a vehicle, as I quit my job my lovely 1 year old Volvo XC60 had to go back to the company and I needed to get around, I bought a 13 year old diesel and combined with servicing, maintenance, insurance, tax etc came to just over £13k. Travelling over 35,000 miles on a nationwide tour also used a fair amount of fuel at £3.7k and hotels, AirBnB and accomodation came in at a stinging £11.2k. Add in international fact finding missions across Europe talking with ex-pats and foreign Governments and flight costs came in at £2.8k. Adding in parking costs of nearly £600, tolls of £260, Taxis , Uber, Oyster card and trains at anther £1.5k, some of the online advertising at over £11k and staff costs for producing 3 Blokesinapub of another £7k and this took the spending to over £51,000.
Bearing in mind that GoFundMe take a 3% commission on donations raised before any funds are released to the cause, I actually vastly overspent this crowdfund that was originally intended to cover my living costs and allow me to give up my day job to cmpaign full time against Brexit.
When I take those out of this fund, and add in the tens of thousands of my own money that I spent before I even began this direct full time campaignI now find myself at the end of the financial leash and need to reopen the crowndfund to replensih some of the money we have all put into the campaign and allow me to conintue. I have a short work contract in mid-November, but need to raise some money fast to cover my rent and living costs between now and then and any help you can give is hugely appreciated.
So if you have appreciated any of my work to date in the fight to Stop Brexit or my ongoing social media campaign, then please give a little to help me get through the next few months.
If we can raise enough then I will restart the tour of public events, and make more videos to share with the milions that have seen the ones on Youtube that you too can find by searching google for "YouTube Jason Hunter" and cliking on the videos tab at the top of the screen.
As they say, "there is no time like the present" and if ever there was a time to fight this good fight, then it is right NOW!
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, thats why they call it the present.
The referendum is now long history, we know it was a fraud, the future can yet be written, and I aim to be at the heart of it but I do need your help once again, which I guess is my own fault for spending this crowdfund on a campaign that reached many millions of people rather than the original intention of my living costs between October last year and this summer. My apologies for that..
You've been absolutely amazing in helping get this across the line. Thanks to your help I've managed to speak to many many thousands of people face to face at talks and events across the UK.
I managed so many places and so many cities and spoke to so many people across the country last year from Penzance to Edinburgh.... leave AND remain areas. Seriously, 178 events, 94 cities and in 6 countries.
Thank you all. That is my Brexit dividend, meeting all the amazing people across the country.
That having been said, I've also been able to utilise social media massively and have been running some targeted advertising for both #3blokesinapub that you will find on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
In total I've spent over £120,000 of your money and mine reaching well over 4 million people a month via all kinds of social media. See graphic just from Twitter... that doesn't even include the leavers that I've targetted on Facebook advertising that jas been very specific.
Thanks to your help we ARE swinging the public by getting the right messages out there.
But that having been said, money runs out fast and I hate to ask once again but I probably have about 10 days left of this fund, and bearing in mind we have already spent far in excess of the donations so far I AM asking again.
My only alternative is to go back and find a 'day job' again right at the most important time in our lives!!!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said it best and put the words into Sherlick Holmes mouth when he said "when you've ruled out the impossible then the only solution that remains is the answer, however improbable!"
Bearing in mind that just last week our Soveriegn Parmiament ruled out No Deal Brexit, they ruled out a Peoples Vote, they ruled out debating for another 6 days, they ruled out accepting the Withdrawal Agreement, and pretty much everything else, the ONLY alternative left is to revoke Article 50 and withdraw our intention to leave the European Union.
In order to make this happen, I have a series of events lined up across the UK once again and will be spending significant time in London/Westminster and continuing my social media advertising campaigns which are not cheap.
That in mind, anything you can do to contribute will go towards the cause.
Please do read previous updates and thank you all again for helping STOP BREXIT!
15th: Filming of #3blokes next episode – Where are we now? And filming 30 second shorts – Are you sure?
17th and 18th: Travel to Brussels for back channel meetings before and after EU Council Summit and film Brussels episode of #3Blokes
19th: BBC Politics Live
20th: Peoples Vote March in London
26th: Chelmsford live event
29th Plymouth University live event
30th: Exeter University live event
31st: Brexit Fright Night in Folkstone live event
6th: Africa House live event
7th: Remainaics PodCast with Ian Dunt
9th: Boston, Lincolnshire live event
14th: Hewlett Packard Entertainment live event
17th: Norfolk for Europe live event
19th: Soho15 live event
I've been completely humbled by your support and overwhelmed. Thank you all for helping me help stop Brexit!
We even got coverage on i.News this week.
We have two fights to fight. First we win the battle for a vote on the final deal, whatever that happens to be next week, then we WIN that vote. The majority of people in the UK are behind us!
Without stressing about where funding is coming from I am free to focus on building some solid campaigns that will help us all.
I'm doing a handover at my old job today so apologies now for the radio silence, some exciting filming tomorrow, TalkRadio with Alexis Conran for an hour on Saturday and will build campaign strategy in more detail on Sunday.
Much much more to come. Thank you all so much. Let's make this happen!