The Grassroots Coordinating Group (GCG) helps co-ordinate the campaign efforts between grassroots civil society organisations and representatives of the people in Parliament, who all want the UK to have the closest possible relationship with the EU. Its purpose is to help coordinate the scrutiny of the Government on Brexit and to argue for the best outcome for Britain. It helps the different organisations, in and out of Parliament, to work together more effectively for the wider cause and to avoid duplication.
After meeting informally for a number of months, the GCG has decided to formalise its existence. It includes representatives of the following organisations which, in turn, represent people and groups in every nation and region:The All‐Party Parliamentary Group on EU Relations; Open Britain; the European Movement UK & associated groups; InFacts; Scientists for EU; Healthier IN the EU; Britain for Europe; The New European; and others.
The organisations involved have hundreds of thousands of supporters across the country and successfully worked together to secure a meaningful vote on the Brexit withdrawal agreement before Christmas.The formal constitution of the GCG, which is chaired by Chuka Umunna MP, is the precursor to organisations stepping up their campaigning efforts in the coming weeks to ensure the people’s voice is heard on the Brexit process.
Commenting, Chuka Umunna MP, Chair of the Grassroots Coordinating Group, said:
“It is vital in our democracy that in these Brexit negotiations the people get a say on the outcome, rather than their representatives in Parliament being reduced to some rubber stamp for whatever Ministers decide.“The 2016 referendum did not determine the form of Brexit so our grassroots network of civic society organisations and Parliamentarians – who represent millions of people across all parts of the country – are now working in a much more co-ordinated way to ensure the people’s voices are heard in this process.”
Commenting, Anna Soubry MP, Co-Chair of the APPG on EU Relations, said:
“The people are entitled not just to know the facts about Brexit but to have a say. You cannot sideline the people and their representatives in Parliament on this, one of the most important moments in our history. In and out of Parliament hundreds of thousands of hard working Britons are demanding we have a say – we are campaigning all over the country to ensure their voice is heard.”
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Notes to editors
- The GCG civil society groups’ followings on social media as of 29/01/18:
|Group||Facebook Page Likes||Twitter followers|
|Scientists for EU||234,644||89,100|
|Healthier IN the EU||108,142||30,500|
|European Movement UK||42,677||28,100|
|The New European||23,756||42,400|
|Britain for Europe||4,883||10,900|
- The APPG on EU Relations was established in July 2017 bringing together anti-hard Brexit groups in the Conservative and Labour parties, with the Green Party, SNP, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, to work for the UK to have the closest possible relationship with the EU. Unlike the biggest hard-Brexit group in the House of Commons, the Conservative European Research Group, it is cross-party and works in tandem with grass roots organisations representing hundreds of thousands outside of Westminster.
- Chuka Umunna is the Chair of the Grassroots Coordinating Group. He is the Member of Parliament for Streatham, co-Chair of the APPG on EU Relations, Chair of Leave Watch and a leading supporter of Open Britain.
- The Guardian – Brexit: Britons favour second referendum by 16-point margin – poll. Voters support the idea of holding a second EU referendum by a 16-point margin, according to one of the largest nationwide opinion polls since the Brexit vote: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/26/britons-favour-second-referendum-brexit-icm-poll