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Events 2021

8th December

Online event

16.30 – 18.30 GMT

Europe Direct
Brexit Reality Portraits
In conjunction with:
European Parliament, European Movement, European Movement UK, Luxembourg University  + others
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

7th December

Online event

18.00 – 19.30 GMT

Leicester Human Rights, Arts & Film Festival
Brexit & Its After Effects
Speakers: Tom Pratt (3Million), Katherine Taylor, Josh Blamire & Ramisha Rafique
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

23rd November

Online event

19.00 – 21.00 GMT

Liverpool for Europe
The next steps for the EU & UK followed by LfE AGM
Speaker:
Professor Michael Dougan
Further details here

I Limbo Too

12th November

Online event

18.00 – 19.30 GMT

European Movement UK
Order! Order!
Speaker:
John Bercow in conversation with Lord Andrew Adonis
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

9th November

Online event

11.00 – 12.00 CET

European Movement Int’l – in Partnership with the EC
Talking Europe
Speaker:
Monique Pariat – Director General for DG HOME
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

3rd November

Live on Slido & YouTube

19.00 – 20.15 CET

UK in a Changing Europe
Economics of Brexit & Covid-19 revisited
Speakers include:
Ben Chu, Prof. Anand Menon & Dr. Gemma Tetlow
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

28th October

Public debate at Oxford Town Hall + online

19.30 – 21.00 BST

Oxford for Europe & Oxford European Assoc.
How Brexit is damaging Oxford
Speakers:
Lord Andrew Adonis, Ewa Gluza, Susan Hartman
Buy tickets (£3-5) here

I Limbo Too

21st October

Online event

19.15 – 21.00 BST

N.E. Surrey for Europe
How fares meritocracy in the Britain & Europe?
Competence of Cronyism?
Speaker:
Political editor & columnist, Adrian Wooldridge
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

18th October

Live Stream event

19.30 BST

Glasgow loves EU
Q & A with Gavin Esler
Speaker:
Journalist & author, Gavin Esler
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

18th October

National Liberal Club, London + livestreamed by invitation

19.00 – 21.00 BST

Festival of Europe – Official Launch
The festival will be a UK-wide summer of music, film, theatre, arts & food celebrating our continent’s shared culture & values.
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

12th October

Zoom event

19.00 BST

Leeds for Europe/Labour for a European Future
Modernising Britain’s Democracy
Speakers:
Mike Buckley, Alex Sobel MP, Juliet Lodge
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

6th October

Online event

18.30 – 19.30

The Independent
Brexit: Exploring the hidden costs
Speakers include:
John Rentoul, Emily Carver, Anna Issac
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

2nd October

Protest at Conservative Party Conference

14.00 BST

Manchester for Europe
The Tories ruinous Brexit deal is trashing the country.
Speakers include:
Mike Galsworthy, Louise Brown, Simon Spurrell
For tickets click here

I Limbo Too

27th September

In person meeting (at Labour Party Conference – Brighton)

17.30 – 19.00 BST

Labour for a European Future
What should Labour’s Europe policy be at GE?
Speakers include:
Mike Buckley, Hilary Benn MP, Paul Blomfield MP
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

15th September

Online Event – streamed live on You Tube

18.00 BST

Open Britain
Democracy Day Debate
Speakers include:
Gavin Esler & a panel of activists, campaigners, journalists tackling big questions
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

12th September

Zoom event

12.00 BST

Labour Movement for Europe
Jobs, workers’ rights & Brexit
Speakers include:
Former MEPs Seb Dance & Jude Kirton-Darling
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

11th September

Online event

13.00 BST

European Movement UK
Special General Meeting.
For an update re campaigns & to review constitution.
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

8th September

Online event

10.00 – 11.00 BST

European Parliament
UK/EU Future relationship  challenges for the cultural sector
Speakers: Sabine Verheyen MEP, Julian Knight MP, Howard Goodall CBE
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

8th September

Online event

20.00 – 22.00 CEST

Reboot Britain
Rejoining the EU, sooner rather than later.
Seminar + questions.
Speaker:
Prof. A.C. Grayling
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

29th July

Zoom Event

19.00 BST

Esher & Walton European Movement
Brexit: Should we embrace it or fight to rejoin?
Speakers: Lord Adonis, Prof. Simon Usherwood
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

22nd July

Zoom Webinar

19.30 BST

Leeds for Europe/ Grassroots for Europe
The UK & the EU: How we will rejoin
Speaker:
Prof. A.C. Grayling
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

20th July

Online event

19.30 – 20.30 BST

Cheltenham for Europe
An evening with Will Hutton
Speaker:
Will Hutton – political economist, adademic, author & journalist.
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

15th July

Online event

19.00 BST

Oxford for Europe
The UK in Europe – New perspectives
Speakers:
Commentator Alex Andreou & Foreign Correspondent/Filmmaker Annette Dittert
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

15th July

Online event

19.00 – 20.30 BST

Centre for Int’l Learning & Leadership
Life without Erasmus +
Speakers include:
Lloyd Russell Moyle MP, Jackie Jones, David Gow, Tamsin Shasha – host for Grassroots for Europe
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

6th July

Online event

18.30 BST

Wales for Europe
EU Settled Status after the deadline – What happens next?
Speakers include:
Wiard Sterk (3M), Jane Hutt MS, Jane Golding (BIE)
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

22nd June

Facebook live stream event

20.00 – 21.00 BST

New Europeans
What is EU citizenship worth after Brexit?
Speaker:
Professor Roxana Barbulescu
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

12th June

Online event

11.00 – 15.00 BST

Labour for a European Future
Annual Conference
Speakers: Jack Dromey, Will Hutton, Lord Adonis, Richard Corbett, Julie Ward, Catherine West, Mike Buckley
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

9th June

Online event

19.30 – 20.00 BST

Grassroots for Europe
The Expat Perspective – Setting the record straight
Speakers:
Sue Wilson – Bremain
Debbie Williams – Brexpats-HOV
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

27th May

Online event

18.00 – 17.00 BST

Unlock Democracy Director – Tom Brake
In conversation with Will Hutton
More details to be published soon, but you can register your interest in advance here

I Limbo Too

26th May

Online event

19.30 – 21.00 BST

Grassroots for Europe
EU Citizens – 5 years in limbo
Speakers:
Elena Remigi & Cosi Doerfel Hill
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

26th May

Online event

19.00 – 20.00 GMT

Cheltenham for Europe
Speaker: Gina Miller – entrepreneur, activist & ardent pro-European
To take part in the Zoom webinar, connect with this link

I Limbo Too

25th May

Online event

20.00 – 22.00 BST

West Country Bylines
How do we fix our broken democracy?
Panel includes: Klina Jordan (Make Votes Matter), Molly Scott Cato (Greens), Tom Brake (Unlock Democracy), Mary Southcott (Labour Campaign for Electoral Reform
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

21st May

Online event

19.00 – 20.30 BST

EU in Brum
Citizens’ rights after Brexit – What does the future hold?
Panel discussion with key speakers re consequences for UK & EU citizens post Brexit
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

21st May

Online lobby event

All day

European Movement UK Stories of Brexit Action Day
Will you lobby your MP?
If there is a Brexit issue you care deeply about, make your voice heard.
Read more about it here
Sign up to join the online lobby here

I Limbo Too

18th May

Online event

19.30 – 20.30 CET

How to Academy
The Cameron Years: How did the country go from the spirit of the Olympics to Brexit?
Speaker: Alistair Campbell
£10.72 – £26.71
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

18th May

Online event

19.00 BST

Leeds for Europe/Labour for a European Future
Rebuilding our relationship with Europe
Speakers: Hilary Benn MP, Natalie Bennett, Richard Wilson
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

13th May

Online event

19.15 – 21.15 BST

N.E. Surrey for Europe
Why Boris’s botched Brexit beggars belief
Speaker: Former MEP Richard Corbett
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

13th May

Online event

19.00 – 20.00 BST

Guardian Newsroom
Brexit, Borders & the future of NI
Panel: Rory Carroll, Lisa O’Carroll, Naomi Long (AP), Carla Lockhart (DUP)
£5 + booking fee
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

11th May

Online event

19.30 – 20.45 BST

Bath for Europe
The Assault on Truth
Speaker: Peter Oborne – award-winning writer, journalist & broadcaster
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

10th May

Online event

18.00 – 19.30 BST

Shared Narrative Project/EM UK: Telling a story about Europe
Panelists: Naomi Smith, Henry Porter, Sarah Baumann, Richard Bentall
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

9th May

Zoom event

18.00 – 19.30 BST

Cheltenham for Europe
Europe Day Disco Extravangaza
An evening of European arts:
Music, poetry, readings & dancing. Join in at home!
To join the fun, click here

I Limbo Too

9th May

Livestream event

12.00 – 13.00 BST

European Parliament: Europe Day Concert
From St. John’s, Smith Square, London
Artists include:
Luis Gomez, Jonathan Bloxham
Watch LIVE on the day here

I Limbo Too

29th April

Online event

20.00 GMT

In Limbo Too
Brexit testimonies from Brits in Europe
Speakers:
Prof. Michael Dougan, Molly Scott Cato, Jean Lambert, Elena Remigi, Debbie Williams, Jean Lambert, Fiona Godfrey & Sue Wilson
Register to attend here

I Limbo Too

19th April

Online event

18.00 – 17.30 GMT

Best for Britain
An evening in conversation with Gordon Brown
Hosted by Lord Malloch Brown & Naomi Smith
Registration costs £6
Register to attend here

Best for Britain

15th April

 Zoom meeting

19.30 GMT
(doors open at 19.15)

N.E. Surrey for Europe
Trade policy after Brexit
Speaker:
David Henig – Director of the UK Trade Policy Project
Register to attend here

Grassroots

15th April

Online event

19.00 – 20.30 GMT
(doors open at 18.45

Sheffield for Europe
Brexit – the first 100 days
Speakers:
Richard Corbett, Prof. Tamara Hervey, Paul Blomfield MP & Jane Thomas
Register to attend here

Grassroots

12th April

Online event

19.30 – 20.45 GMT

Bath for Europe
Common Sense – Why we must rejoin Europe
Speaker:
Will Hutton
Register to attend here

Grassroots

31st March

Webinar

19.30 – 21.00 GMT

Grassroots for Europe
Telling the truth in the age of lies
Speakers:
Peter Jukes & Mike Galsworthy
Book your place here

Grassroots

27th March

Online Event
10.00 – 16.30 GMT

Social Event
18.00 – 19.00 GMT

European Movement UK
2021 Conference
Speakers include:
Caroline Lucas, Dominic Grieve, Molly Scott Cato, Richard Corbett, David Liddington, Lord Andrew Adonis
Register to attend here

Grassroots

24th March

Webinar

19.30 GMT

Grassroots for Europe
Where do we go from here?
Speakers:
Femi Oluwole & Naomi Smith
Book your place here

Grassroots

24th March

Webinar

18.00 GMT

Oxford for Europe
Time for Liberal Values?
Speakers:
Layla Moran MP & Ian Dunt
Register to attend here

Grassroots

22nd March

Webinar

18.00 GMT

Labour for a European Future (LEF)
Should Labour campaign to rejoin the Customs Union?
Speakers: David Henig, Mike Buckley, Dan McCurry, more tbc.
LEF members only – click here to join

Grassroots

18th March

Online Event

20.30 – 21.30 CET

East Kent European Movement
Staying close to the heart of Europe
In Conversation with:
Molly Scott-Cato
Register to attend here

Grassroots

16th March

Online event

18.00 GMT

Leeds Young Greens
Brexit Reality – what Brexit means for young people in the north
Speakers:
Molly Scott-Cato, Terry Reintke, Amelia Womack, Richard Wilson
Register to attend here

Grassroots

12th March

Virtual Lobby

All day event

Make Votes Matter
Equal Votes Lobby
Write to your MP to demand equal votes for all & to push for electoral reform
More information here

Grassroots

9th March

Webinar

18.00 GMT

European Movement Oxford
What needs to be done to map a path towards a closer relationship with EU?
Speaker:
Sir David Lidington
Register to attend here

Grassroots

1st March

Webinar

18.00 GMT

Oxford for Europe/Grassroots for Europe
Why Brexit isn’t settled & why friendship still matters
Speakers:
Terry Reintke MEP & former Dr. Richard Corbett
Register to attend here

Grassroots

23rd February

Webinar

17.00 – 18.15 GMT

Bylines Network
Democracy under fire
Speakers:
Peter Jukes, Klina Jordan, Clive Lewis, Tom Brake
Register to attend here

Grassroots

18th February

Webinar

19.00 GMT

European Movement
Where are we now on Brexit & where do we want to be?
Speakers: Prof. Michael Dougan & Mike Galsworthy
Register to attend here

Grassroots

10th February

Live Facebook event

18.00 – CET

British Embassy
Residency in Spain
Speakers include:
Embassy team members, UKNSP – Age in Spain, Babelia & IOM
Facebook page link here

Grassroots

4th February

Webinar

19.00 – 20.30 CET

The 3 Million
Rights & wrongs for the rights of EU citizens in the UK in 2021
Speakers: TBA
Register to attend here

Grassroots

2nd February

Webinar

18.00 GMT

European Movement
The Oxford Webinars
Speaker: David Gauke
Former Secretary of State for Treasury & Justice
Register to attend here

Grassroots

27th January

Online Event

19.30 – 21.00 GMT

Grassroots for Europe
Europe: Keeping the Flame Alive
Speakers: Will Hutton & Gina Miller
Book your place here

Grassroots

27th January

Online Event

20.00 GMT

Cambridge for Europe
Beyond the red wall: Voters, Views & Values after end of transition
Speaker: Deborah Mattinson of Britain Thinks
Register to attend here

Cambridge

26th January

Online Event

19.00 – 21.00 GMT

Oxford for Europe/Grassroots for Europe
Brexit – Expectations & Reality
Speakers: Ian Dunt & Tony Connelly
Register to attend here

Ian Dunt

18th January

Online Event

20.00 – 21.00 CET

Canberry Press
Brexit: What the hell happens now?
Speaker: Ian Dunt
Register to attend here

Brexit

14th January

Online Event

20.00 – 22.00 CET

N.E. Surrey for Europe
Brexit and the current state of play
Speaker: Professor Catherine Barnard
Snr. Professor in EU law
Register to attend here

Catherine Barnard

4th January

Online Event

13.30 – 14.30 CET

LO Brussel
Brexit 2021: A Snapshot!
Speakers: Hans-Christian Gabrielsen, Wegger Chr. Strømmen, Judith Kirton-Darling
To sign up, email:
robert.hansen@lo.no

Politico
The New Normality

The New Normality

After 14 weeks of strict lockdown measures, the initial ‘state of alert’ officially ended at midnight on June 21. The new phase, known as the “new normality”, saw the lifting of mobility restrictions, but with some health and safety measures remaining in place.

With infection levels under constant review, those measures could change at any time, either on a regional or national basis.

Bremain will endeavour to keep you informed of ongoing developments, as and when they happen. Stay safe!

Updated 26/10/2020

Check back with us regularly for the LATEST NEWS updates re: changes to safety measures, travel arrangements, quarantine and much more

 

1 December: New travel restrictions Brits travelling to Spain

With immediate effect, visitors from the UK will now be required to prove they have been fully vaccinated in order to enter Spain. A negative Covid test will no longer be an alternative option.

The new vaccine requirements apply to anyone aged 12 and over. Under 12’s do not need vaccine certification, and can travel to Spain with fully vaccinated parents. Fully vaccinated means either having received “both doses of a two-dose vaccine or one dose of a one-dose vaccine”, at least 14 days prior to travel to Spain.

Certificates of recovery, a medical document proving you have recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months, are also no longer acceptable.

As the 12-15 year age group are only now being offered a second vaccine in the UK, the new rules will prevent them from visiting Spain for the next few weeks, and certainly for Christmas.

Spain accepts the NHS Covid pass.

The requirement for all visitors to complete a Spanish Travel Health Form remains in place.

If you are planning to visit Spain, whether from the UK or elsewhere, you can view all the latest requirements on the Spanish Health Ministry website or on the British Government website.

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Issued by the Spanish Embassy in London

25 June: Face mask restrictions to be lifted

On Thursday 24 June, the Cabinet held an extraordinary meeting to finalise the proposal regarding the wearing of face masks outdoors. The news came days after France and Germany also announced the relaxation of face mask rules.

Effective from Saturday 26 June, it will no longer be necessary to wear face masks in outdoor spaces, except when it is impossible to maintain a safe 1.5 metre distance.

The proposed change was originally announced by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez at a press interview on June 18 – you can listen to the announcement here

Sanchez said, “Our streets, our faces, will begin to regain their normal appearance in the coming days”.

For more on this story, read El Pais here

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9 May: Spain’s State of Alarm comes to an end

As the national state of alarm comes to an end, many of the national covid restrictions will be lifted. Spain’s regions are still determining what measures will be lifted and which retained.

Restrictions likely to affected include:

  • lifting of curfews
  • opening of borders across the provinces
  • longer opening hours for shops
  • eating indoors at bars & restaurants permitted
  • numbers of people you are allowed to meet to increase

Regional authorities will need support from the courts for further measures to remain in place.

For further information, including covid measures by region, read El Pais article here

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16 APRIL: ‘Digital Green Certificate’ – EU’s vaccine passport – to come into force in June

By the end of June, travellers arriving in Spain with the new EU vaccine passport will no longer be required to take a Covid test or to quarantine.

The new document will come in the form of a free QR code (in digital and physical form) and will allow more people to travel “in a safer manner”, said Alfredo González, the general secretary of Digital Health, Information and Innovation. He added, “This certificate is not a passport, it’s not a travel document, and it’s not a requirement for travel. It’s a mechanism that will facilitate mobility in the European Union. It will respect data protection, safety and privacy. It is planned so that it will not be discriminatory, and that is one of the major advantages.” 

The plan is part of the government’s strategy for this year, during which the authorities are forecasting that 40 million foreign visitors will arrive.

For more on this story, from El Pais, read the full article here

Read more about the EU’s Digital Green Certificate here

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31 MARCH: Stricter face mask rules introduced

Face coverings in public spaces are now mandatory, regardless of the distance between people. The Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) published yesterday requires anyone aged six and over to wear a face mask “on public streets, in outdoor spaces and in any closed space that has a public use or is open to the public”.

Previously, it was only necessary to wear a mask in public and outdoor spaces when it was not possible to maintain a safe distance of 1.5 metres. For further information:

  • Read the official BOE here
  • Read updated information on the Spanish government website here
  • Read more on this story in El Pais here
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3 MARCH: Vaccination Strategy update

The Spanish authorities have issued an updated vaccination strategy detailing when priority groups can expect to be vaccinated. The government website includes many links and documents, and the most frequently asked questions (FAQs).

  • For further information, click on the government website here
  • For FAQS, click here
  • For further links and documents, click here
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JANUARY 25: Covid 19 restrictions updated by region

As infections soar across the country, many regional authorities have announced new safety restrictions. The national government has so far resisted the call to reintroduce a national lockdown, arguing that the new highly-localised restrictions are sufficient.

The Ministry of Health has published in interactive map that allows you to check the restrictions in place in your area.

Read more on this story in The Local here and in El Pais here.

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DECEMBER 10: Spain relaxes the Covid test requirements for air passengers to allow for TMA tests

From today, arrivals at Spanish airports will be able to present results of a Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA) test, as an alternative to a PCR test. The TMA option is in response to complaints that the PCR are more expensive, and results take longer.

A negative test, of either kind – taken in the 72 hours prior to travel – must be presented on arrival. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to 6000 euros.

Read more on this story in El Pais here

Read the official Ministry of Health press release here

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DECEMBER 4: Regulations & recommendations on celebrating Christmas this year

Health Minister, Salvador Illa, has announced rules & recommendations for a safe Covid-free Christmas. Between 23rd December & 6th January movement between autonomous communities is limited, except for grouping of family & friends.

 

  • On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, News Years Eve & New Years Day, meetings will be restricted to 10 people (including children)
  • Curfew on Christmas Eve & New Years Eve will be extended to 1.30 am.
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Some autonomous communities may enforce stricter measures, so check with your local authorities.

A good source of information for regional updates is the N332 Road Safety Association – view their Facebook page here

For more on this story read El Pais here

NOVEMBER 12: Travellers will need a negative PCR test result before arrival in Spain

From Monday 23 November, the Spanish government will require passengers arriving from at-risk countries to provide proof of a negative PCR test before allowing their entry into Spain. The test must be taken no more than 72 hours before departure & will only apply at airports, not at land borders.

The measure – which will affect most EU countries – will apply to over 60 countries worldwide that have high infection rates.  Further details of countries affected will be available shortly.

For EU/EEA countries, the authorities will use data provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control – you can view their ‘risk map’ here

For other countries, the restrictions will apply to countries with an infection rate of over 150 in 100,000.

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You can read the full press release from the Ministry of Health here

To read more on this story, see the article in El Pais here

OCTOBER 30: Most Spanish regions set to close borders ahead of All Saints weekend

With the exception of Extremadura, Galicia & the Canary Islands, all Spanish regions have announced plans to close their borders before the holiday weekend. The closures will limit travel across the country, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

To interact with a map of Spain for further information, visit La Sexta here

For more on this story, read the article in El Pais here

The situation is very fluid at present, so please check in regularly for the latest updates

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OCTOBER 30: Congress votes to extend ‘state of alarm’ until 9 May 2021

Last Sunday, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a new ‘state of alarm’ & his intention to seek parliament’s approval to extend it for six months. Today, following a two-day debate, Congress has voted for that extension.

The ‘state of alarm’ will enable regional governments to enforce the new curfew and mobility restrictions.

For further information, read the article in Spain in English here

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OCTOBER 25: Prime Minister approves a new state of alarm

The Spanish Cabinet have approved a new national state of alarm, providing a legal framework for regional authorities to curb public mobility. In a bid to combat the spread of Covid, socialising at night will be restricted.

Although the measures are initially for 15 days, the government has made clear its intention to keep them in place until April 2021.

The new restrictions are:

  • A curfew from 23.00 to 6.00 daily (with flexibility to add/subtract 1 hour either way)
  • Travel restrictions between regions, unless justified

For the full story, read El Pais here

To view the press statement from President Pedro Sánchez, visit the government Facebook page here

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    OCTOBER 23: New Covid measures put in place across 2214 municipalities

    Due to the rise in infection rates, new restrictions are being put in place in many towns and municipalities across the country. The restrictions, which will affect areas with 500+ new cases per 100,000 population, over the last 14 days, will include curfews and “perimeter confinement”.

    For further information, and to identify areas affected, click here.

    You can also find information relating to specific areas, on the Road Safety Association Facebook page.

    Read articles in El Pais covering the following topics:

    • 7 million Spanish residents now facing perimetral lockdown here
    • Valencian Community, Andalusia & Castilla y León announce curfews here

    11 autonomous authorities are so concerned about rising infections they are calling on central government to declare a “State of Alert”. An urgent ministerial meeting is being convened by Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, on 25 October. Read more on this story in El Pais here

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      AUGUST 25: Autonomous regions can request ‘state of alert’; contract tracing support from military & government app

      • In a press conference today, Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez offered regional premiers the authority to request their own ‘state of alert’, firmly putting the authority back with the regions. Sánchez said the progress of the coronavirus curve was worrying and that it “needed to be tackled”.
      • In Catalonia and Madrid – two of the worst affected areas for new cases – the Prime Minister has offered the support of the military to aid with contract tracing.
      • Regional authorities are being encouraged to roll out the use of a new contract tracing app, created by the government. If widely used by the public, the ‘Radar Covid’ app is expected to reduce the impact of the pandemic by 30%. The app does not require the supply of personal data, so personal privacy is protected.

      Sign up to the new app (currently available in Andalusia, Cantabria, Aragón & Extremadura): https://radarcovid.app/andalucia-cantabria-aragon-extremadura-app-radarcovid/

      AUGUST 14: Health Minister announces new measures to curb the spread of the virus

      Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, today announced a ban on smoking in outside public spaces and closure of nightclubs, discos & music bars.

      Illa said that smoking is only allowed in open public spaces as long as a safe distance of 2 meters can be maintained.

      In hospitality premises, a minimum safe distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained at bars & tables, with a maximum of 10 people only at each table.

      All establishments, including bars and restaurants, will have to close at 1:00 am & no new patrons will be allowed entry after midnight.

      AUGUST 7: Guidance for wearing masks

      The Spanish government has issued advice about wearing masks, in order to keep the population safe from coronavirus.

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      • Wash your hands first
      • Make sure your mask is in good condition
      • Wear the mask the right way round:
        • Metal strip at the top
        • Coloured side on the outside
      • Make sure to cover your nose, mouth & chin
      • Ensure the mask fits correctly, with no gaping
      • Don’t touch the mask while wearing (except for the straps)
      • Replace mask after a maximum of 4 hours wear

      JULY 18: Wearing of masks now mandatory in the Valencian Community

      Following the example set by many other Spanish regions, the wearing of masks became mandatory today in the Valencian Community. The decision was taken due to the four-fold increase in the number of infections of 20 to 40-year olds.

      Masks will be compulsory at all time, with the following exceptions:

      • on the beach or in a swimming pool
      • in outdoor areas such as the countryside or the mountains
      • in bars & restaurants
      • for those with respiratory problems
      • whilst taking part in sports activities
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      JULY 14: Many Spanish regions implement mandatory face coverings

      A number of regional governments are making the wearing of face masks compulsory in public spaces. The following regions have either made face coverings mandatory or are about to:

      • Aragón, Asturias, Cantabria, Navarre, La Rioja, Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Extremadura, Andalusia & Murcia

      In the Valencia region, the option is being seriously considered – a decision will be reached shortly.

      For more on this story, read El Pais: https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2020-07-13/with-over-100-coronavirus-outbreaks-more-spanish-regions-make-face-masks-mandatory.html

      Masks

      June 30: Spain prepares to open its borders

      As part of reciprocal arrangements between the European Union & 15 other countries, Spain will open its borders from July 1.

      The named countries have been selected based on the epidemiological situation in each country, which must have a similar or lower contagion rate than the European average for every 100,000 inhabitants for 14 days. 

      The named countries are: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Japan, Georgia, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay. China will also be included, but only if visitors from the EU receive reciprocal treatment.

      For more on this story, read El Pais: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-30/as-eu-prepares-to-reopen-borders-spanish-experts-stress-importance-of-coronavirus-safety-measures.html

      Airport

      June 21: All of Spain enters the ‘New Normality’

      The ‘state of alert’ has officially ended after 24 weeks of lockdown measures. Whilst many restrictions have been removed, 4 essential rules remain:

      • Social distancing of 1.5 meters
      • Compulsory wearing of face masks when social distancing measures cannot be maintained
      • Hand washing/sanitising
      • Hygiene in public & private spaces

      Travel between provinces is now allowed, and travel from EU countries/UK is now permitted, without quarantine, with the exception of Portugal (to follow shortly).

      June 21: Brits can visit Spain without quarantine

      Spain’s Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzalez, has announced that with immediate effect, British citizens can travel to Spain from today, without facing quarantine measures. British visitors will need to:

      • Provide contact information & any history of Covid exposure
      • Undergo a temperature check & a visual health assessment

      For full travel details re Spain, checkout this EU webpage, updated in real time – use the icons on the right to scroll around transport options: https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/ESP

      Currently this decision is a unilateral one, & we await confirmation regarding quarantine measures for Brits returning from Spain to the UK.

       

      Read more on this story in El Pais here: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-06-20/no-quarantine-for-uk-travelers-entering-spain-foreign-minister-confirms.html

      USEFUL LINKS:

      Spanish Department of Health travel page has useful travel/health information about including the online travel form: https://www.spth.gob.es/

      Worldometers monitor the number of cases & death tolls, by country: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

      Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME) COVID-19 death toll projections for Spain: https://covid19.healthdata.org/spain

      For updates about the lockdown rules – Boletín Oficial del Estado: https://www.boe.es/index.php?lang=en

      The Spanish government website has all the latest news from Spain, in English: https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/lang/en/Paginas/index.aspx

      N322 Road Safety Association has a wealth of information about lockdown measures on their Facebook page:
      https://www.facebook.com/DrivingSpain/

      European Commission coronavirus home page: https://ec.europa.eu/health/coronavirus_en

      WHO specific information on Spain: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/spain

      WHO specific information on UK: http://www.euro.who.int/en/countries/united-kingdom-of-great-britain-and-northern-ireland

      Spanish Ministry of Health, Consumer Affairs & Social Welfare: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/home.htm

      Spanish Ministry of the Environment: https://www.miteco.gob.es/es/ministerio/medidas-covid19/

      UK Foreign Office travel advice for Spain: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

      Brits in Spain (British Embassy in Madrid) Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/

      Brits in Spain website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain#coronavirus

      Bremainers Ask ……… Jon Danzig Reasons2Rejoin

      Bremainers Ask ……… Jon Danzig Reasons2Rejoin

      Jon Danzig is a journalist and film maker who has been campaigning against Brexit since the word was invented in 2012. Formerly an investigative journalist on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Checkpoint’ programme, Jon went on to set up his own film production company, producing films on best business practice, presented by John Humphrys, Sue Lawley and the late Brian Redhead. In April 2016 Jon started the grassroots pro-Remain campaign, Reasons2Remain, later to be renamed Reasons2Rejoin. 

      Clive Carter: Do you think we will ever rejoin the EU?

      Yes, but it could take many years, maybe a decade or more. There would need to be deep reforms in the UK first, constitutionally, attitudinally, and structurally. Constitutionally, for example, we still have an unelected second chamber, and whilst we managed to join the European Community with that in 1973, it may not be acceptable to a more modern, more democratic EU some 50 years later. Attitudinally, Britain needs to fully understand the EU project, but more: it needs to embrace it, even hug it. That is possible, I think, but only after an effective long-term awareness campaign to properly explain about the EU, that this country has never had before (at least, not since the 1975 referendum). Structurally, because Brexit was caused by many people in Britain feeling forgotten and poor, living in undeveloped areas of Britain that are forgotten and poor. That needs to be remedied before there can be any rejoining of the EU, because being in the EU never caused those problems, so of course, rejoining the EU won’t fix them. Today’s Britain I doubt could rejoin, but a reformed, changed Britain of tomorrow I think could and will.

       

      Ruth Woodhouse:How important to our fight against Brexit is campaigning for proportional representation ahead of the next election? 

      Neither the Tories, nor Labour, support proportional representation, but I think it is important to campaign for it. Most democratic countries around the world – and in Europe – now use proportional voting systems. Apart from the authoritarian state of Belarus, the UK stands alone as the only country in Europe that exclusively uses the outdated, one-person-takes-all ‘First Past the Post’ system for general and local elections. Other European countries use a system of proportional representation or a mixture of both systems. In the UK our system of voting is demonstrably unfair. Only a minority of the electorate positively voted for Brexit, yet we still went ahead with it. In the 2019 general election, the Tories won their 80-seat majority with the support of less than 30% of all those entitled to vote. This has resulted in a Brexit, and a government, that is not representative of the nation.But a party that supports PR must first win power without PR. That’s the challenge.

      Deborah Beth: How can we get the real effects of Brexit, i.e. the news items we see highlighted on this and similar Facebook sites, into mainstream news? My Brexit voting relatives only watch mainstream tv news and read right-wing newspapers so think all is going to be fine! 

      Any campaign to rejoin the EU would have to win despite the biased news against the EU, and not lose because of it. That’s the challenge, and it’s a huge one. It is possible, however, that the media could change their anti-EU reporting if they can see a significant shift in attitude among the public towards the EU. Newspapers are in the business of selling papers. It may be more about commercial principles than political ones.For example, the remain-supporting Daily Mirror, and the Brexit-supporting Daily Express, are owned by the same company. I have no idea what the company itself thinks about Brexit, but it may be that they are simply selling to market segments. If Rejoiners could get organised and join forces (for the first time) to launch a truly effective national awareness campaign to change the public’s mind about Brexit, then it’s more than possible that newspapers would follow. But it means changing enough people’s minds first, without having the support of the press. That will be difficult but not impossible. It would require a huge and professional pro-EU campaign, costing many millions, and enduring for many years. Why hasn’t it happened? I don’t know. I have been calling for such a campaign ever since I started to write about Brexit when the word was invented back in 2012.

       

      Shane Mcerlean: Will it ever be possible to hold the “engineers” of Brexit to account legally? 

      We need a public inquiry into Brexit and how a supposedly democratic country went ahead with it, despite only having the support of 37% of the electorate, and with two of the four member states of the UK voting against it.My view is that Leave only won by lying, law-breaking and cheating on a shocking scale. If the referendum had been a legally binding vote, instead of just an advisory poll, the courts would have had the power to annul the referendum result as being compromised and unsafe. The government treated the advisory referendum as legally binding and refused to allow our Parliament a debate and vote on the specific question of whether the UK SHOULD leave. It is essential that this is investigated, and that people are held to account if crimes or violations were committed.Clearly, the pro-Brexit Tories won’t do it. Neither will Labour in power, if they continue with their policy of supporting a Tory Brexit with their new slogan promising (forlornly in my view) to, ‘Make Brexit Work’.It’s likely that only a pro-Rejoin government, sometime in the future, will have the impetus and incentive to hold to account those responsible for an unlawful Brexit.

      Sue and Jon Danzig Reasons 2 Remain

      Ruth Woodhouse: In a recent comment you said that “Brexit is entirely incompatible with tackling Climate Change”. Can you expand upon this, and is it an argument that we should be presenting more strongly and persistently, especially to the younger generation?

      Countries trying to ‘go it alone’ simply doesn’t work when tackling planetary problems. That’s why Brexit is the antithesis of successfully managing climate change. Doing more trade with continents thousands of miles away, and less with our neighbouring countries, cannot square with reducing our country’s carbon footprint. We should, of course, be doing the opposite: conducting most trade locally and with nearby countries. But Brexit has put up unnecessary barriers to trade with our neighbours. Brexit means nationalism. The former President of France, François Mitterrand, once said, “Nationalism means war.”  Nationalism also means that global threats, such as climate change and pandemics, cannot be dealt with so effectively or efficiently, because all nations need to work together in close cooperation, and not in conflict. The EU is about European countries working together. Brexit is not. And yes, Rejoiners have not made enough of the argument that tackling climate change means, for a start, European countries collaborating, whereas Brexit has shunned European collaboration. As far as Brexit is concerned, it’s a ‘blah, blah, blah’ way to deal with climate change.

      Steve WilsonHow do we persuade Tory backbenchers that the current path of their party is a dangerous, extremist version of Conservatism? Or should we just let them destroy themselves from within?

      In a democracy, the only power to change things is with the power of persuasion. As I have written many times, true Tories were Remainers. Every Conservative Prime Minister, from Harold Macmillan to David Cameron, supported Britain being in the European Community. Only the latest two Tory Prime Ministers have supported Brexit whilst in office, but before the referendum, they had previously supported Remain. As Brexit continues to cause more harm to Britain, and offers no benefits, we should lobby Tory MPs to persuade them that their party has strayed from its historical path of supporting Britain in the EU. Could the six Tory Prime Ministers from 1957 to 2016 all be wrong, and the latest two incumbents be right? We should keep putting to Tory backbenchers that the party needs to return to its roots and get back to the centre ground, away from extremist right-wing politics. Some may respond. It may only need a few. But it is important. For example, imagine a future scenario where a minority pro-Rejoin party is in power, but needs the support of a handful of Tory MPs to win a key policy. Now is the time to win those handful or more of Tory backbenchers to our side.

       

      Hear more about Jon’s career in this BBC radio interview at: https://youtu.be/Q_6_6VwHVg4

      Check out Jon’s Facebook journalism page here: http://www.facebook.com/JonDanzigWrites