PRO-European campaigners were out in force on Saturday, April 14 for the largest ever joint grassroots National Action Day, with more than 100 events taking place all across the country.
Activists and supporters from Open Britain, the European Movement and Britain for Europe took to the streets in Lyme Regis as well as in areas across the rest of the UK.
Along with 12 flagship events, there were more than 100 smaller events taking place up and down the UK, from Aberdeen in the north of Scotland, to Falmouth in the south of Cornwall. Thousands of activists and supporters took part, 500,000 leaflets were handed out, and more than 100 street stalls were set up in towns and cities the length and breadth of the country, in areas that voted to both leave and remain in the European Union.
This largest ever pro-European National Action Day came before the launch on Sunday of a new People’s Vote campaign, calling for the British people to be given a vote on the Brexit deal.
Campaigner Eva Fahle-Clouts said: “It’s great to be out campaigning in Lyme Regis alongside other pro-European activists and talking to local people and visitors about making sure they get a say on the Brexit deal.
“People were happy and grateful to find out about the People’s Vote campaign. Some even provided refreshments for the volunteers!
“With Brexit turning out to be much more complicated and costly than people were told during the referendum, we are demanding a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”
James McGrory, executive director of Open Britain, commented: “Our largest ever National Day of Action is all about bringing together the various pro-European groups so that we can speak with one, unified voice, because we know that together we are stronger.”
James MacCleary, campaign director of European Movement UK, added: “The pro-European movement is gaining in strength and momentum and that progress will be reflected this weekend with a huge demonstration of grassroots power in favour of a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal.”
Anne Weyman, vice chairman of Britain for Europe, said: “We may come from different political parties, different traditions and different groups, but we are united by our desire for the people to have their say on the Brexit deal and we are determined to make sure their voice is heard loud and clear.”