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Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
July 29, 2021 at 7:01 AM

Elections Bill across the country

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, From Wales to Watford, we have seen our supporter letters appear in newspapers across the country. Would you consider joining many Best for Britain supporters who have already written to their local newspapers about the d…
Naomi Smith, CEO - Best for Britain · [email protected]
July 8, 2021 at 12:35 PM

Support us in the fight to Save OUR Democracy

*|MC:SUBJECT|* John -- This week the government published the Elections Bill Being frank, this is an attack and afront on our democracy. The introduction of voter ID is the headline-grabbing element of the Bill and is indeed very worrying. But it …
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
July 6, 2021 at 5:33 PM


*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, DANGEROUS New Elections Bill introduced Stifling free speech, clamping down on debate The UK Government is pushing through a stream of new laws designed to reshape our democracy. It is not good news. But together we can b…
Naomi Smith, CEO - Best for Britain · [email protected]
July 2, 2021 at 6:55 AM

NEWS UPDATE - Byelection Result

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Labour win against the odds Kim Leadbeater has won the Batley & Spen By Election by just 323 votes!  I hope you will join Best for Britain in congratulating Kim Leadbeater after a hard-fought and deeply personal campa…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
June 10, 2021 at 7:02 AM

Campaigning feedback survey

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Be part of shaping our campaigns Let us know how we can improve our campaigning, and let us know the issues you’d like to hear us talking about in the future. As you may know, Best for Britain has recently relaunched as a…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
June 8, 2021 at 2:07 PM

LIVE tonight

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Best for Britain LIVE tonight at 6pm Join Naomi Smith and four of Best for Britain's leading women as they discuss how they got into campaigning and their advice for women entering the industry.     Our guests include Fl…
Naomi Smith, CEO - Best for Britain · [email protected]
June 4, 2021 at 7:02 AM

LIVE event: Women of Best for Britain

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Best for Britain will be LIVE for another event on Tuesday 8 June from 6pm Join me and four of Best for Britain's leading women as they discuss how they got into campaigning and their advice for women entering the industr…
Naomi Smith, CEO - Best for Britain · [email protected]
May 25, 2021 at 7:00 AM

Have you sent yours?

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Did you see our last email? Hundreds of people have already sent a letter to their local newspaper, defending our democratic freedoms. The voting ID scheme will cost £40 million over the next decade, and will potentially…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
May 18, 2021 at 5:30 PM

Time to make some noise

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Voter ID is about limiting our freedom, not protecting our democracy That’s why we are relaunching our successful ‘letters to the editor’ campaign to protest this Government’s assault on our democracy. The Government is i…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
May 17, 2021 at 5:17 PM

First and worst hit

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, EU citizens will no longer be locked up for failing to produce the right paperwork After launching our open letter to the Home Secretary last week, Best for Britain welcomes the news that the Home Office would no longer b…
Naomi Smith, CEO - Best for Britain · [email protected]
May 15, 2021 at 9:39 AM

Reminder: 2021 Post Election Event - Thursday 6.15pm

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Event Reminder: Thursday 20th May - 6.15pm What does it all mean? Understanding the 2021 elections. Join me and a panel of polling experts and politicians as we try to understand what happened on polling day last week.   …
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
May 14, 2021 at 7:15 AM

11 million disenfranchised

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Top Conservatives call voter ID proposals “illiberal” and “politics as performance” Plans to require identification to vote has drawn criticism from high-profile people within the Conservative Party.   Chief Brexit nego…
Naomi Smith, CEO - Best for Britain · [email protected]
May 13, 2021 at 7:02 AM

Under threat today

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Trade in services with Europe continues to freefall The City of London reported a £3.2 trillion Brexit loss in one month, just in the derivatives market. And ONS reported the double whammy of Brexit and COVID caused the U…
Naomi Smith, CEO - Best for Britain · [email protected]
May 11, 2021 at 4:33 PM

Under threat today

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, The Policing Bill is back - and in even worse company  Today’s Queen’s Speech sets out a raft of anti-democratic measures, attacking our right to vote and challenge the government.  Voters will be turned away from the p…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
May 6, 2021 at 7:03 AM

Step up and sort out

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Creative industries echo our call for trade rescue More than 300 creative organisations have joined thousands of Best for Britain supporters in calling for Johnson to keep his promise and sort out visa-free touring for pe…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
April 30, 2021 at 7:06 AM

NEW POLLING: What Britain wants

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Cooperation, not competition, is best for Britain To mark our relaunch,?Best for Britain has published landmark polling showing what people in the UK really think about working with other countries and international orga…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
April 26, 2021 at 7:03 AM

Relaunch today.

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, This is your reminder. Best for Britain’s relaunch event is today, beginning at 10am. Join us for a discussion on how we create the best future for Britain. We will be hearing from a range of key internationalist voices, …
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
April 23, 2021 at 7:09 AM

Join our relaunch

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Best for Britain is relaunching! This is an invitation to our relaunch event on Monday 26th April from 10am to 11am. As Best for Britain moves from a temporary campaign to a permanent organisation promoting internationa…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
April 12, 2021 at 2:58 PM

Step into the light.

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, The government wants to mark its own homework. Today, the UK Trade and Business Commission was launched to uncover the real impact of leaving the EU, that the government refuses to acknowledge. Its launch was a top story …
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
April 8, 2021 at 2:10 PM

Cannot be positive

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, The true cost is coming out. The Office for Budget Responsibility yesterday confirmed Brexit will cause both a short-term and long-term drop in UK GDP. Meanwhile, ministers remain silent on visa-free touring for musicians…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
April 1, 2021 at 7:01 AM

Broken record.

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Time to face the music. Government urged to pay performers for gigs missed due to their inadequate trade deal. The government promised the music industry they would secure reciprocal visa-free touring with Europe in their…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
March 30, 2021 at 2:07 PM

Save the date.

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, Save the date. Join me for another Best for Britain LIVE evening talk on Monday 19th April with special guest, and former prime minister, The Rt Hon Gordon Brown. We couldn’t continue fighting for internationalism and u…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
March 26, 2021 at 8:03 AM

Another success?

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Dear John, We’ve nearly done it. After immense pressure, the government is inching towards visa-free touring for artists. Boris Johnson promised to “sort out” gaps in the UK-EU trade deal which left musicians and artists unable to t…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
February 26, 2021 at 10:50 AM

End of the catwalk

Best for Britain Dear John, British fashion may be approaching the end of the catwalk. Iconic brands are losing a key market, as VAT and handling fees become unmanageable. Fashion designer Katharine Hamnett has paused sales of her clothing to the EU due to paperwork and c…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
February 23, 2021 at 8:05 AM

Eating its own tail

Best for Britain Dear John, Shellfish sellers face losing their homes. The government’s trade deal has destroyed fisherman’s livelihoods. Sailors Creek Shellfish has seen 99% of its business disappear since the beginning of the year, as Britain’s third country status came…
Cary Mitchell · [email protected]
February 19, 2021 at 3:46 PM

Your name in print

Best for Britain Dear John, Business is being battered. Small business owners are suffering from post-Brexit red tape. We want the government to take action. British businesses need a boost to recover from COVID, not extra paperwork and red tape. Would you consider writin…
Cary Mitchell · [email protected]
February 17, 2021 at 1:42 PM

Will there be any left?

Best for Britain Dear John, “I feel like I have to choose whether I’m British or a musician.” That’s what representatives of the music industry told the House of Commons culture Committee yesterday.  The government’s EU visa arrangements for creative workers, like musicia…
Cary Mitchell · [email protected]
February 4, 2021 at 8:05 AM

A stopped clock...

Best for Britain Dear John, Where was this attitude last year? Johnson argued our borders could not be shut to Europe as the UK is too reliant on EU food and medicine. During PMQs, Johnson used the fact that 75% of UK medicines and 45% of our food are imported from EU as …
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
January 28, 2021 at 4:29 PM

You did this.

Best for Britain Dear John, Government U-turns on scrapping workers’ rights. Thanks to pressure from supporters like you, our rights are safe - for now. Only last week, the Business Secretary announced plans to “review” workers’ rights, which had been protected by EU law…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
January 26, 2021 at 12:10 PM

Burning questions

Best for Britain Dear John, This is hardly free trade.  Businesses are considering burning expensive merchandise, rather than deal with the red tape and cost of returning products from EU customers.  Shoppers in Europe faced with 20% VAT charges are sending products back …
Cary Mitchell · [email protected]
January 18, 2021 at 3:50 PM

Now we see what it was really about

Best for Britain Dear John, Actions speak louder than words. After promising we’d keep our workplace standards, the government plans to rip up our rights. In December 2019, Boris Johnson won the election on a manifesto promising Brexit would “raise standards in areas like…
Jack Monroe · [email protected]
January 14, 2021 at 8:14 AM

Thunderclap for carers

Best for Britain Dear John, Clapping for Carers in the first lockdown was nice. A sense of solidarity and standing side by side, socially distanced, with our neighbours while we got used to the shock of the strange new reality we found ourselves in. But this time around…
Cary Mitchell · [email protected]
January 13, 2021 at 8:03 AM

Brick by brick, step by step

Best for Britain Dear John, The barebones deal is hitting businesses and consumers alike. The double whammy impact of COVID and post-Brexit trade is just beginning. The Federation of Small Businesses warn 250,000 small enterprises will fold in 2021 from COVID plus Brexit…
Cary Mitchell · [email protected]
January 11, 2021 at 8:04 AM

You wouldn’t want to miss this

Best for Britain Dear John, REMINDER: Livestream event tomorrow, 6pm. Have all your trade and Brexit questions answered by a leading trade expert. David Henig, Director of the UK Trade Policy Project, will be speaking with our CEO, Naomi Smith tomorrow at 6pm.  The repo…
Cary Mitchell · [email protected]
January 8, 2021 at 2:09 PM

Life outside the single market

Best for Britain Dear John, We have left the single market. Businesses are starting to see what that means. We avoided a no deal exit, but the thin deal we are left with is leaving British businesses in the lurch. The UK requires traders to register with the HMRC and pay…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
January 7, 2021 at 7:14 PM

This is your invitation

Best for Britain Dear John, Would you like to better understand the new UK-EU relationship? Would you like to know how we can build on this thin deal? Trade specialist and author of Best for Britain’s new report, David Henig, will be in conversation with me on Tuesday, 12…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
December 31, 2020 at 9:11 AM

End of Year Review

Best for Britain Dear John, What a year... Despite the government's mismanagement, we avoided a no deal end to the year.  Still, this is not the deal Britain was promised or which we need. There remains much work to do.  But it's important to remember how far we've come. …
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
December 30, 2020 at 7:09 AM

Just checking you've sent it on already

Best for Britain Dear John, MPs are voting today on the deal. Help make sure every MP has seen our analysis of the UK-EU deal before they vote. I hope you saw Naomi's email yesterday, but if not you can read our new report here. We've analysed the government's deal with t…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
December 29, 2020 at 8:12 AM

Now we've seen the deal

Best for Britain Dear John, UK-EU deal 'Not fit for modern trade environment' That's the verdict of our brand new analysis of the deal. So we've avoided a January no-deal, but we'll need to build a better deal in 2021. Our report, written by trade expert David Henig, warn…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
December 24, 2020 at 3:55 PM

We’ve got a deal! Now what?

Best for Britain Dear John, We’ve done it! We have a deal with Europe. Despite the prevaricating and the bravado, the UK has reached a deal with Europe.  British business can breathe a sigh of relief. Thanks to the work of supporters like you, we’ve pushed decision-makers…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
December 23, 2020 at 1:32 PM

Stop the Clock

Best for Britain Dear John, It’s time to stop the clock. The mismanagement of COVID and the mismanagement of Brexit have coalesced into a one of the bleakest midwinters in memory. Our leaders (in their infinite wisdom) forfeited the UK’s rights to an extension in June. B…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
December 21, 2020 at 2:16 PM

Sick Man of Europe

Best for Britain Dear John, We urgently need an extension to the transition period. This is a national crisis. We must stop the clock. Chaos at the border. The government has let a mutant COVID virus run rampant. Medicine and vaccines may not make it into the country. Our…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
December 15, 2020 at 5:30 PM

How to prepare for nothing

Best for Britain Dear John, Supermarkets are told to stockpile. But the public is told not to panic. Businesses are still in the dark and consumers are rightly worried. How are we meant to prepare for a no deal, when the government won’t admit there’s any problem with a n…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
December 14, 2020 at 2:29 PM

NEW POLLING: No mandate for no deal

Best for Britain Dear John, NEW POLLING: The public overwhelmingly support a deal. Two-thirds of Brits want the government to reach a trade deal with the EU. Our new polling, featured on the front page of today’s Mirror shows two-thirds (66%) of people asked want the gove…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
December 12, 2020 at 8:04 AM

One year on: 7/10 votes wasted

Best for Britain Dear John, Today is the anniversary of the 2019 General Election. It was a sad and difficult day. But that should not detract from the brilliant campaigning we did during the election, and all the progress we have made since. And we must never forget that…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
December 11, 2020 at 1:09 PM

“Not concerned”?

Best for Britain Dear John, Last-ditch crunch talks have ended without breakthrough. It is unlikely negotiations will continue past Sunday. There is a “strong possibility of a no deal”, according to Downing Street. The EU has begun preparations for a no deal end to the t…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
December 9, 2020 at 10:52 AM

A big step forward

Best for Britain Dear John, The government has made a massive concession. Thanks to pressure from supporters like you, the government will drop law-breaking clauses from the Internal Market Bill. Michael Gove has agreed to “in principle” respect the Northern Ireland Proto…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
December 7, 2020 at 1:51 PM

Urgent: At a cross-roads

Best for Britain Dear John, Talks continue – just. Negotiations teeter on a knife edge, after a weekend of more deadlocks. This is a cross-road for British diplomacy, and the recovery of the UK economy. Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen agreed to further talks last n…
Cary Mitchell - Best for Britain · [email protected]
December 3, 2020 at 3:09 PM

Another one?

Best for Britain Dear John, The Internal Market Bill will be back in the Commons on Monday.  And the government has said it will re-table the law-breaking clauses removed by the Lords.  The government has resolved to re-table the most controversial clauses of the Internal…
Naomi Smith · [email protected]
December 2, 2020 at 8:03 AM

Outdated totem

Best for Britain Dear John, The OECD has given the UK a troubling warning. Failure to reach a trade deal with Europe would mean a “serious additional economic disturbance”. Fishing, which accounts for 0.12% of the overall economy, and less than 0.1% of the UK’s jobs, app…