Anti Brexit movement ramping up in the UK and abroad

Published:  11 Jan at 6 PM
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As parliament dithers and no clarification has yet been received on the Supreme Court’s judgement, resistance to Brexit as a done deal is growing in the UK as well as in British expat communities across Europe.

As protest groups continue forming in major European expat destinations, EU expats living in the UK are getting together in ever-increasing numbers to campaign against being summarily ejected from the country once Brexit is finalised. The vast majority of EU citizens in the UK, many of whom are long-stayers with jobs and families, were shocked beyond belief at the referendum result.

One such is Chris Hoffman, a freelance translator from Stuttgart who arrived in the UK via the Erasmus student exchange programme. Joined by her husband when he got a job in academic research in the Birmingham area, she had always wanted to come to Britain but was dismayed to see the post-Brexit changes in the way people regarded expats.

The couple’s eight-year old son was born in the UK and feels British, but his mother states that, should the British government begin throwing out expats, she would leave as she’d not want to live in the UK any more. Since Brexit, she’s joined EU in Brum, a Birmingham-based protest group, and is active in supporting the new Britain for Europe national pressure group.

Some 40 pro-EU organisations recently rallied in Birmingham, with the number including France and Germany-based expat groups, all of which are collaborating to grow the anti-Brexit movement in general. The one objective is to ensure Britain remains in the EU. The protestors feel strongly that the government has no real idea of how to ensure Brexit isn’t a total disaster both economically and in terms of human rights, and are determined to put their case until it’s listened to and acted upon.
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