Brexit group formed in Stamford
Pro-Brexit supporters are forming a Stamford group to socialise and campaign for Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Stephen Green is launching Leavers of Stamford, angry at what he sees as Theresa May’s ‘betrayal’ of Brexit.
Stephen, a 71-year-old former computer business owner, says his and the national Leavers of Britain group, are all cross-party, but he admits most supporters are ‘disgruntled Conservatives’.
Stephen himself has supported both the Conservatives and UKIP, but he returned to the Tories, unhappy at UKIP’s current links to former EDL leader Tommy Robinson. Now, he plans to support Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.
He says he has talked to many Stamford people about Brexit, finding few EU supporters, and young people only accepting it because they are used to EU membership.
Leavers for Stamford plans to organise meetings shortly, initially to socialise before widespread campaigning on the Brexit issue. A similar Leavers of Lincolnshire, set up just last month, already claims 400 members.
A further group, Lincs Leave, which is also cross-party, is also being launched, aimed at wider campaigning and rallies
Stephen added: “It’s all from the heart, just trying to do my best for Britain.”
Richard Cleaver, facilitator for the anti-Brexit Stamford Coalition for Europe, said his group has just reached its third anniversary. It formed from the Stronger In campaign group created for the June 2016 EU referendum and now claims 150 members or supporters .
Mr Cleaver said he wasn’t surprised such a Leavers group was being formed in Stamford, adding: “It was a long time in coming.”
He said: “We know there are people in town that have strong feelings on both sides. We are certainly not frightened of engaging with them in debate.”
Mr Cleaver added that his cross-party group also plans events to promote the case for Remain.