Huge success of Birmingham’s pro-EU rally and march on Sat 3rd Sept
EU IN BRUM’s Birmingham event filled the City Centre with colour and celebration, as crowds wearing European yellow and blue, waving flags and supportive signs, cheering and playing instruments, enjoyed speeches and marched through central Birmingham to show the city’s support for staying in the EU.
Despite appalling weather, some had travelled from as far away as Liverpool, Nottingham, Stafford, Malvern and Worcester just to take part in and support the pro-EU event, adding more diversity to the crowd which brought together all ages, many nationalities and walks of life. The Birmingham event also coincided with marches in 7 other cities UK-wide, timed to demonstrate pro-EU support before related Parliamentary debates the following week.
There were excellent speeches from 3 high-profile figures presenting positive messages, benefits and achievements of the EU, including specifically in the West Midlands region:
Read Tony and Graham's powerful addresses, packed with important information, via the links above or attached, along with photos of the celebration.
This was followed by an organized march through Birmingham City Centre, past institutions and landmarks of national and international import, supported by EU funding, including:
representing only a fraction of the almost £1 billion Birmingham has received from the EU in direct investment alone.
Shoppers and passersby enjoyed the vibrancy and jubilance of the peaceful, pro-EU procession, often filming it on their phones and clapping along, testament to the widespread support for staying in the EU and opposition to UK exit. The numbers and distance travelled of rally-goers also show the success of EU IN BRUM’s promotion of the event, which included coverage in local and regional media, as well as several national outlets such as The New European newspaper, March for Europe and The 48%, who are also important partners of EU IN BRUM.
There are numerous photos of the celebrations on EU IN BRUM’s Remain IN Brum rally event page, with people who attended uploading their own images.
One marcher said:
“It was incredible: so much energy and happiness, everyone we passed was so supportive, it was like we carried everyone along with us. We really woke Birmingham up to the importance of the EU and remaining.
George Turvey, spokesperson for EU IN BRUM said:
“Birmingham made a very powerful statement, joining 7 other major cities marching to show MPs and Government that UK exit is not a done deal: we’ve had a seriously flawed and close referendum which simply isn’t a basis for this constitutional upheaval and certainly not any possible type of exit.
“We’ve demonstrated many people firmly believe in remaining in the EU and as the Leave side still hasn’t come up with any plan, yet seems to want to keep everything we have now, more and more people are realizing remaining is our strongest and best option. The UK is more powerful as part of the EU and is a leading partner within it – one of only 3 or 4: Theresa May should take back control and attend EU meetings so UK can drive its current reform and continue to thrive as a global power.”