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Terrorism wont divide us. Brexit will. Britons your country needs EU. Sharon Leclercq-Spooner

 

While EURACTIV covered the Rome and London marches, let me add a personal touch.
My British wife and I were…separated:
  • I was at the first event, also to attend a number of NGO events and to talk about Eramus4media
  • She of course attended the anti-Brexit demonstration in her home country.

 

Enthusiastic family for Europe. Sharon Leclercq-Spooner
Enthusiastic family for Europe. Sharon Leclercq-Spooner
Brexit not the will of these people (Europe at the heart of London). Sharon Leclercq-Spooner
Brexit not the will of these people (Europe at the heart of London). Sharon Leclercq-Spooner

 

It’s when you know you might miss it that you wake up for Europe!

Conclusions from comparing notes and reading press reports?
  • The Warsaw and London events were much larger than the Rome one. (in the case of the UK it might be too late, but Brexit is not certain yet)
  • So far, nobody managed to sum up the numbers across Europe. A lot more than 200 000, a lot for a ‘positive’ topic, but numbers are to be firmed up. This was done neither by the NGOs (admittedly tired and with limited resources) nor the institutions (no excuses in my view, do they have comms dpts? sleeping? Or busy administering costly ‘citizen debates’? ūüôā ). Moreover, the ‘Place Lux’ event in Brussels was not so well attended: complacency?)
  • In the UK, press reporting was modest. Partly because most of the press is eurospectic. Partly because the BBC has been criticised for often challenging Brexit talks (link to daily Telegraph article), and therefore chose to ‘under-do it’ last Saturday (just 2 mn on the news).
  • In Rome, the (several) demonstrations mainly involved organised activists, Italians did not dominate. In London, middle-class families were strongly represented, Brits and expats alike.

 

Pictures by Sharon Leclercq-Spooner (free for re-use) illustrate this.
Whoever would have thought that 50 000 or more people would march up Piccadilly decked out in support of Europe?! Sharon Leclercq-Spooner
Whoever would have thought that 50 000 or more people would march up Piccadilly decked out in support of Europe?! Sharon Leclercq-Spooner

 

Bon anniversaire!

 

 

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