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The last Europeans in the United Kingdom do not throw in the towel. Hours after Premier Boris Johnson signed the Brexit agreement and promised "a new chapter for history," the Grassroots for Europe group brought together hundreds of activists in the Westminter Hall under the slogan "Back to the EU."
At the time of the historic signing, Johnson proclaimed that it is "inconceivable" to return to the European Union after Brexit, scheduled for midnight on January 31 (11 pm in London). The renewed campaign, however, aims to stand up to the "populist forces behind Brexit" and implement a reentry strategy in the EU after five years.
"We are all in shock after the December 12 elections, but the time has come to react and think about the future," said Richard Wilson , head of Grassroots for Europe. "We have built in the last three years the largest pro-European movement in our history and we will take advantage of that energy to renew our purpose, and continue fighting against Brexit's madness and breaking our economic, historical and cultural ties with the continent."
Wilson urged pro-permanence activists - most of them over 50 years old - to spend 20% of their time reviewing the past and 80% planning the future. Without mentioning the Peoples Vote fiasco (which jumped through the air during the election campaign), the leader of Grassroots for Europe urged the remainers to learn from mistakes.
The goal is to keep the "permanence" flame alive, starting with a vigil on January 30, officiated by Steve Bray , popularly known as Mr. Antibrexit after standing guard for three years with the European flag before Parliament. "The inevitability of Brexit is giving rise to intolerance and hostility against Europeans and those who do not feel Europeans," denounced Bray, assaulted this week in Westminster by a Brexit supporter. "But far from throwing in the towel, what is happening has to make us react.
Activist Gina Miller asked the remainers to keep intact "their passion and pride" pro-European in the new phase. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve made a call to the unit, facing internal divisions that blew the campaign of the second referendum.
The director of Best For Britain, Naomi Smith , European Movement UK spokesman Stephen Dorrel and the founder of Bremain in Spain, Sue Wilson , were other participants in an event marked by pro-European nostalgia and the search for answers to the inevitable question: "What happens now with permanence?".
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