The anti-Brexit march in Luxembourg attracted around 50 people to place d'Armes
Photo: Jess Bauldry
Over 50 people gathered in Luxembourg City on Wednesday afternoon to make a stand against Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
Photo: Jess Bauldry
Around 20 members of the group, aging from 9 to 70, had earlier marched from Kirchberg, via the European Parliament to place d’Armes, waving banners in a public show of discontent over Brexit.
The calm, jovial mood of the march concealed the deep frustration and fears of where populist policies linked to Brexit may lead.
“We feel Britain is better in Europe. We said we had to put our money where our mouth was,” European parliament employee Becca, who attended the march with her two daughters, told Delano. This was the first time she had participated in a march against Brexit and she said she was not doing so because of her job. “I feel these are dangerous times and Europe was created for peace and to improve the human rights for everyone across Europe. These are values I think we should defend and protect.”
Sue, who has lived in Luxembourg for 25 years, organised the Luxembourg march in partnership with Eunite to protect “human rights”. She said: “I feel extremely frustrated about the general apathy and the ignorance. Before the referendum, we saw the political speeches that even our politicians were making fundamental errors about the EU and how it works. If the politicians don’t know and the people in Britain have been given information through an EU-hostile press, I get so frustrated.”
But the overall mood was not one of defeat. The demonstration was not called the “stop Brexit march” for nothing and a number of people said they felt it was still possible to reverse the process.
Pensioner Christine, who has lived in Luxembourg since 1979, dressed for the occasion in EU T-shirt and blue knitted hat with yellow stars in a nod to the European Union’s flag. She said: “I think we might fudge it. So that we kind of stay in. We reach a compromise.”
“I do think it’s possible to overturn. But it depends what we mean by that. First we would have to go through several steps through a softer approach. From that I would hope to see a reversal,” added Sue.
Other activists gathered in place d’Armes included Faux Bo-Jo, aka activist Drew Galdron, who said he was representing the conscience of UK foreign affairs minister Boris Johnson and gave a light-hearted performance. Eunite's Samit Shah meanwhile gave a speech about the state of play with Brexit negotiations and Britain’s Brexit repeal bill, which is being debated in parliament on Thursday and Friday.
Luxembourg MEP Charles Goerens, meanwhile, gave a short speech (see video below) in which he said he would “continue to campaign for the protection of EU and UK citizens rights”.
He had earlier attempted to introduce an amendment on associate European citizenship which was refused. He underlined the fact that in June the 27 EU member states demanded “effective, enforceable, non-discriminatory and comprehensive guarantees to safeguard the status and rights derived from EU law at the date of withdrawal” and called on the UK to “develop a much more generous attitude when it comes to the negotiating chapter on citizens”.