Statement from the National
Rejoin March The National Rejoin March organisers are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. We would like to express our condolences to her family and to join in the nation’s mourning at this very sad time.
As a mark of respect for Her Majesty, we have taken the decision to postpone the march that was to be held on Saturday (10 September). We would like to thank everyone who has supported the march, which will be rescheduled to a date that will be published as soon as possible.
As a German citizen living and working in Great Britain, the referendum result in 2016 shocked me deeply. I’d never been very political, but I knew, on this topic I really couldn’t stay silent. So I joined the grassroots group of EU in Brum and started helping with stalls, other campaigning, and, of course, going to all the marches.
As we all know, Brexit was unstoppable, despite millions publicly protesting over the years. But back then we were only called “project fear”, of course. Nobody had lived through the actual consequences yet. People could still hang on to fantasies.
We have been gradually introduced to the consequences of leaving the EU the way we did – fully and by hard Brexit – even though some things are still going through a grace period two years on. But already we feel the results in our pockets, and especially when trading with someone outside the UK, and when living or traveling abroad.
I had the great misfortune to be caught up in the insane traffic jam around the Eurotunnel in Folkestone on July 24due to Operation Brock, the closure of the M20 for all traffic other than lorries. It took us four hours to get from our campsite to the check-in, which was a distance of about three miles on the map, and another four hours to finally reach France.
I’ve been in traffic jams before, trying to cross the channel, but this, and the chaos at Dover, are unimaginably bad, new, and entirely caused by Brexit.
Having felt the consequences of Brexit so directly I decided to dust off the old marching boots and join the National Rejoin March on September 10. “Project Fear” is now well and truly Project Reality, and we have to show the world that we are not happy with it in the slightest.
To make it easier to get to London on that Saturday, EU in Brum, like other grassroots groups, has organised coaches which will pick up passengers on Kings Heath High Street at 7:30 am. If you are traveling to the march from the Birmingham area you can book tickets here. But no matter how you get to London, be there. It’s time we got our star back.
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