German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) address the media during a joint press conference after their meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 16 February 2018. At a joint meeting they discussed about European issues including the euro-exit of Britain and international issues.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) address the media during a joint press conference after their meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 16 February 2018. At a joint meeting they discussed about European issues including the euro-exit of Britain and international issues. EPA - MARKUS HEINE

Fresh bid to stop Brexit

REMAINERS are joining forces to launch a fresh bid to stop Brexit within weeks - with months of campaigns, a rock festival and an app.

Anti-Brexit activists are refusing to give in on their fight to try and reverse Britain's historic referendum result, and will launch a blitz of action to try and get Leavers to change their minds, The Sun reports.

A Best for Britain organiser told Politico that the group has planned a billboard campaign, training meetings and techniques to win over Brexiteers, and a Momentum-style mobile-phone app to direct activists to swing areas where the result was close.

The group is taking inspiration from Labour's grassroots campaign group, who managed to help Jeremy Corbyn sweep 30 more seats in last year's General Election, and boosted their share of the vote in many area.

A source told The Sun that the campaign - which will include a social media guerrilla marketing blitz - would begin in the next six weeks.

This will be to coincide with an expected amendment to the EU Bill from Labour MPs trying to get Britain to stay in the customs union.

They want to mobilise people to lobby their MPs and tell them to stay in the union - even though it would mean being unable to sign their own trade deals outside the bloc.

Executive Director of Open Britain, James McRory, said the Remainers saw their chance by getting Tory rebels to defeat the Government on the EU Withdrawal Bill in December - and there was a "very, very large-scale lobbying operation" in place, which is set to be replicated in the coming months.

The group is also scouting venues to host a rock concert in London over August Bank holiday weekend - but doesn't have one confirmed yet.

Labour is also planning a concert during the Northern Hemisphere summer too, The Sun revealed earlier this month.

A string of pro-EU campaign groups have joined forces to try and move public opinion.

The groups will target young people who mainly voted Remain in the referendum, to try and mobilise them to rally politicians and win arguments with Leave voters.

And they will lobby Mr Corbyn to support a second referendum on the final Brexit deal too - which is expected to hammered out later this year.

MPs already have been promised a "meaningful vote" on the final deal, but ministers have insisted that they will still leave the EU even if it is voted down.

Last week it was revealed that Hungarian billionaire George Soros was funding Best for Britain, and had pledged £500,000 (AUD $883,000) to try and turn around the referendum result.

Much of that money is going into the upcoming campaign, a Best for Britain source said.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.


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