Terrorism wont divide us. Brexit will. Britons your country needs EU. Sharon Leclercq-Spooner
- 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.
It’s when you know you might miss it that you wake up for Europe!
- 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’? 🙂 ). 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.