Roll up, roll up for the Brexit Facts Bus! The Brexit: Is it Worth it? Bus is touring the UK from 21-28 February. Over 20 non-partisan grassroots groups across the UK, and some 700 individuals across Britain, have pitched in to crowdfund £16k to fund the bus, concerned about the damage Brexit is doing to our country. Setting out from Westminster on 21 February, the bus is coming to Bath and Bristol on the morning of 22 February, to catch commuters on their way to work. Come out with us and be there to welcome the bus!
Speakers have been confirmed: Cllr Dine Romero (leader of the Lib Dems on BathNES council), Tessa Munt (former MP for Wells), Melina Freitag (Bath University) and Nik Jovcic-Sas (LGBTQ+ activist, vlogger & musician).
Bath for Europe is welcoming the bus as we’re concerned at the potential damage Brexit will cause our city, with our universities, businesses and especially the RUH under threat. This is a light-hearted attempt to draw attention to a serious issue. The Brexit bill is £40 billion and counting. Meanwhile there has been a 96% drop in EU nurses joining the NHS. Is it worth it?
The tone will be respectful: we want Leave voters to ask themselves whether Brexit is worth the cost, and to understand that when new facts come to light, we’re free to change our minds. We’ve been asked not to bring EU flags, banners or wear berets, to avoid putting off our target audience.
“This is a light-hearted attempt to draw attention to a serious issue. The Brexit bill is £40 billion and counting. Meanwhile there has been a 96% drop in EU nurses joining the NHS. Is it worth it?,” said one of the campaign organisers.
Unlike the Vote Leave bus which, during the referendum campaign, falsely claimed that we send the EU £350 million a week, the ‘Brexit: is it worth it?’ bus will stick to the facts: that Brexit is going badly, a high cost and high risk headache. A fair and balanced summary of the various likely alternatives will be set out at www.isitworthit.org.uk.
The bus will visit 26 cities and towns across the country. The 8-day itinerary includes Sunderland, Liverpool, Basingstoke and Dover as well as Edinburgh, Cardiff and London, where it will serve as the backdrop for speaker events featuring local businesspeople, trade unionists and MPs from all parties.