Heard in Europe

As a result of Thursday’s vote to leave the EU, a vigil was held on Schuman roundabout, in Brussels’ European Quarter, by a multinational crowd of people. The group met ahead of the European Council meeting that was held on the evening of 28 June.
Coordinated by a core of former Pro Europa activists, nearly half were not British, showing the strong solidarity in the ‘EU bubble’, which is anxious about the future of the UK and the EU. This informal gathering was inspired by the Stand Together movement in the UK (formerly London Stays).
Stand Together Brussels plan to repeat the vigil weekly. Meanwhile in London, there was an informal march by a couple of thousand people on Westminster. The demonstration made so much noise that the Channel4 evening news anchor, Jon Snow, had to hand over presenting the show to Matt Frei, on the other side of Schuman inside the Council building on Rue de la Loi.

A similar, albeit smaller, event was also held in the capital of Wales, Cardiff, yesterday evening. In the city centre, hundreds of people converged to show their support for the European project. Cardiff was one of only five areas of Wales that voted to remain in the bloc; the principality overall voted 53% in favour of leaving.




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