Voices for Europe: statement of our objectives for 2021.
V4E is for anyone who feels European and has made an EU country their home. However it was set up in 2015 with the specific objective of providing a forum for discussion to the five million people who were not going to be given a voice in the 2016 referendum. Our voices were muted in the UK referendum and we were treated as second class citizens who have no say in decisions about our own future. This is why we started lobbying parliament and the European parliament, speaking at rallies and going on marches. We have been able to contribute a lot over the past five years by for instance:1. Campaigning for free movement2. Protecting EU citizens rights in the UK3. Protecting Brits’ rights in the EU4. Obtaining direct representation in the EU parliament for the five million5. Speak at rallies and help organise them.6. Speak at other events and conferences.7. Speak to the press8. Provide an emotional support service for EU citizens in the UK together with the Existential Academy.From January 2021 our objectives were readjusted. We continue to offer a free and open space for European voices to be heard and unified as we struggle with the reality of isolation from our continent. We believe it is vital to strengthen this community in order to keep the values of the European project alive in the UK and in our own hearts and minds. For most of us the EU is a central part of our personal identity and stands for peace, cooperation, prosperity, freedom and fairness. We think it is crucial to promote these values at this time and to continue creating new bridges and bonds with our continent, at a time when our previous connections have been so rudely and painfully interrupted and severed.We know that many British people stand with us in wanting to create a better future for Britain and Europe, in which working together is appreciated and encouraged, instead of vilified and thwarted.We shall support any democratic campaigns for Britain or parts of Britain to re-join the European Union, or to minimize the negative and destructive impact of Brexit, by at least re-joining the single market and customs union, allowing our countries to realign and for our free movement to be re-established.Anyone who wishes to add their voice to this project is most welcome to join our group.Our outlook is one of positive action, whilst challenging untruth and injustice, wherever we see it. We seek to provide each other with robust mutual support and understanding.