Open Britain

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Chaired by Roland Rudd, brother of DWP Secretary Amber Rudd
MottoKeep Britain in the European Union market
HeadquartersMillbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, England, SW1P 4QP
AffiliationsPeople's Vote
Interest ofPeople's Vote, Trevor Phillips

Open Britain is British pro-European Union campaign group set up in the aftermath of the 2016 EU Referendum.[1]

Campaigning to Remain

Open Britain defines itself as campaigning for the United Kingdom to be open and inclusive, open for business, open to trade and investment, open to talent and hard work, open to Europe and to the world.[2] It is also campaigning for Britain to remain in the Single Market as part of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.[3]

In October 2016, Open Britain launched a 'Write to Remain' letter-writing campaign directed at Theresa May asking her to guarantee the right of EU nationals to stay in the UK.[4]

The individuals involved in the campaign group include former Ministers Pat McFadden (Labour) and Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat).[5] Conservatives Anna Soubry, Nicky Morgan, and Dominic Grieve cut their ties with Open Britain in April 2017 after it began to campaign against the re-election of anti-EU members of parliament, mostly Conservatives.[6]

Open Britain continues to campaign in collaboration with other major pro-European campaign groups such as Britain for Europe and European Movement UK. It joined People's Vote in April 2018 to campaign for another referendum.[7][8]

Extremely concerned

Helen Field writes on Facebook:

Open Britain Ltd started life in June 2015 as the Interim Campaign (company number 9641190) registered under the sole name of Laura Jane Sandys, a Conservative Party politician who served as the Member of Parliament for South Thanet between 2010 and 2015.

Weeks later, on 23rd July 2015, the Interim Campaign changed its company name to The In Campaign Ltd. During the referendum campaign of 2016, the Electoral Services Commission designated The In Campaign as the lead group for the 63 different groups and individuals registered to support Remain. (Leave had 60).

The In Campaign Ltd went through a further name change and rebranding on 6th September 2016 to become Open Britain Ltd (company number 9641190).

Nowhere on the Open Britain website does it mention its directors. You have to click on Companies House to find the following list of grey suited representatives of the Corporate Elite:

  • Sir Michael Derek Vaughan Rake – He is chair of Phoenix Global Resources Ltd. This company is currently fracking on a huge scale in Argentina. Its 2017 accounts which I downloaded from Companies House, reveals the following: Page 6 - "Vaca Muerta is a world-class unconventional resource play with current production in excess of 90,000 boepd (barrels equivalent per day) and a production expectation of more than 110,000 boepd in 2018, double 2016 production. Unconventional oil and gas has the potential to transform the future of Argentina's economy"
I also researched and found this: (Buenos Aires/Neuquén/Geneva – October 10, 2017) — A report presented to the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) highlights the adverse economic, social, and cultural rights impacts of fossil fuel extraction at the Vaca Muerta shale formation in Argentina on local residents and indigenous Mapuche communities. It also highlights the project’s massive contributions to climate change. If the Argentinian government’s plans for large-scale exploitation of the Vaca Muerta shale formation come to fruition, the country will significantly increase its greenhouse gas emissions and undermine the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement.”
Sir Michael Rake, president of the CBI till 2015, also has other companies registered at Companies House, NewDay Ltd (credit cards) and MDVR Services (Michael Derek Vaughan Rake). I can't fathom what this company does.

The other 9 directors of Open Britain are:

  • James McGrory, also named as the person with significant control of Open Britain, spent his time from 2010 until 2015 working hard in the Con-dem coalition government as advisor to Sir Nick Clegg (newly employed by FaceBook).
  • Richard Reed – multi millionaire co-founder of Innocent drinks, (sold to Kraft reputedly for £300 million) and JamJar Investments.
  • Roland Dacre Rudd – Amber’s brother. He is also chair and founder of The Finsbury Group, a multi million pound financial consultancy company. Its Annual Report and Financial statements for 2017 make illuminating reading. It records a gross profit for 2017 as £29,570,476. (page 9) (Corporation Tax paid £514,045). A dividend payment of £10,000,000 was approved and paid by the Board for the year 2017 (page 3). Brexit is listed as 1 of 6 key business risks facing the company (page 2).

I don't think I'm alone in thinking that these people's main concern would be stopping a socialist government. Leaving the EU will undoubtedly make it easier for a Corbyn-led Labour government to implement its brilliant policies from the 2017 election manifesto. These include not only redistribution of wealth from the few to the many, but also some great environmental policies, especially sustainable energy, public transport and insulation of homes. With less than 12 years to combat climate chaos, I believe our only hope is to have a General Election and elect a Labour government.

A People's Vote could jeopardise this, it is more likely to disengage millions ("what's the point in voting? They'll only change it later"), and the extreme right wing will capitalise and gain strength. The only winners will be the Tories, and we'll probably never get rid of them.

Maybe this is really what the organisers of the People's Vote want.[9]

Further reading


References

  1. Dallison, Paul (2 September 2016). "Remain MPs launch pro-Europe campaign group". Politico Europe. Retrieved 27 August 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  2. Open Britain. "About". open-britain.co.uk. Open Britain. Retrieved 13 December 2016.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  3. Asthana, Anushka; Mason, Rowena; Syal, Rajeev (11 October 2016). "Brexit adviser: leaving EU customs union will cost UK £25bn a year". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  4. Mason, Rowena (13 October 2016). "Letter-writing campaign urges Theresa May to let EU nationals stay in UK". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  5. Open Britain. "New campaign group, Open Britain, launches to fight for best possible EU deal for Britain". open-britain.co.uk. Open Britain. Retrieved 17 November 2016.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  6. Walker, Peter (25 April 2017). "Pro-EU Tories quit Open Britain over plans to oust Brexit-backing MPs". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2017.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  7. Porritt, Richard (15 April 2018). "Campaign launched to push for People's Vote". The New European. Retrieved 17 April 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  8. Staff writer (15 April 2018). "Launch of the new national People's Vote campaign". open-britain.co.uk. Open Britain. Retrieved 17 April 2018.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").
  9. "I think we should be extremely concerned about the People’s Vote Campaign and Open Britain which runs it."
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