For our Future’s Sake

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For our Futures Sake
For our Future’s Sake logo.png
Abbreviation FFS
Type Campaign group
Purpose Calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union
Location
Key people
Amatey Doku
Website ffsakes.uk

For our Futures Sake (FFS) is a student-led pressure group supporting a people's vote on the Brexit deal. It represents at least 60 student unions, and 980,000 students, across the UK.[1]

Background[edit]

FFS was launched at the National Union of Students' National Conference in 2018. Incumbent Deputy President Amatey Doku called for 'nationwide student-led mobilization to demand a people's vote' during his re-election speech, and delegates passed policy to 'campaign for a second referendum on the deal negotiated'.[2][3]

In May 2018, the campaign launched its statement of intent in an open letter undersigned by 120 student leaders.[1] The letter was featured in several British newspapers, and FFS spokespeople pledged a 'summer of action' involving demonstrations across the UK.

The campaign's style has been described as 'irreverent' and 'provocative', attracting a broad youth appeal through memes, videos and profanity.[4][5]

Activities[edit]

The organisation has held a number of direct-action demonstrations, including stunts at the Labour Live festival, outside Boris Johnson's residence, and at Parliament.[6][7] The group also held numerous rallies and demonstrations across the UK during its 'summer of action', attracting over 160,000 attendees; this culminated with a march at Labour's National Conference. It gained endorsements from Dragons' Den star Deborah Meaden and YouTuber Dodie Clark, as well as several MPs.

Membership[edit]

FFS supporters include students' unions in Birmingham, Durham, Cambridge, Swansea, Leeds, and Liverpool, as well as across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.[8]

Higher Education members[edit]

Scotland[edit]

England[edit]

Wales[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

Further Education members[edit]

  • Ayrshire College Students' Union
  • Bath College Students' Union
  • Chichester College
  • City of Liverpool College Students' Union
  • Coleg Cambria, Derby College
  • Dudley College, Exeter College
  • Furness College
  • Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
  • Havant and South Downs College
  • Newcastle Under Lyme College Students' Union

National affiliates[edit]

  • National Union of Students
  • Labour Students
  • Young Greens[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Farand, Chloe (13 May 2018). "Student groups with a million members back call for second Brexit referendum". The Independent. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ Pontone, Maya (30 March 2018). "Vice President of NUS mobilises 'people's vote' on final Brexit deal". shoutoutuk.org. Shout Out UK. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ Ramiro, Joana (28 March 2018). "NUS throws weight behind Brexit second ref". Left Foot Forward. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  4. ^ Helm, Toby; Boycott-Owen, Mason (12 May 2018). "Students plan summer of defiance in push for 'people's vote' on Brexit". The Observer. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ Stewart, Heather; Elgot, Jessica (11 September 2018). "Activists to use Labour conference to push for second Brexit vote". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  6. ^ Simons, Ned (16 May 2018). "Anti-Brexit protesters try to disrupt Jeremy Corbyn's speech to 'Labour Live' festival". HuffPost. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  7. ^ Buchan, Lizzy (26 July 2018). "Anti-Brexit protesters offer to help Boris Johnson move out of 'grace-and-favour lad pad' after cabinet resignation". The Independent. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  8. ^ Helm, Toby (12 May 2018). "One million students join calls for vote on Brexit deal". The Observer. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  9. ^ FFS (16 May 2018). "Open Letter to Parliament — Students want a people's vote on Brexit". vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com. Politics Means Politics. Retrieved 13 September 2018.