Bremain In Spain was invited to speak at a rally ‘Better In:Reclaim Your Future’ in Wrexham, North Wales. The cross-party event was organised by Donna Lalek on behalf of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. As Sue Wilson was unavailable with other appointments in London and as I’d grown up just 12 miles away, I really couldn’t say no.
I certainly didn´t relish the prospect of speaking in public for the first time and about Brexit and in my local town. Campaigning in London and online suddenly felt far more comfortable.
There was a sizeable group of people gathered ready to march around town before the rally so I joined them. This was not an excuse for a march. The route took us around town and down the High Street and around the park. We did receive a few heckles from Leavers but not half as many as I’d expected. (Wrexham was chosen as the venue for being a Leave-voting town).
When it came to my turn to speak, I realised that I wasn’t even nervous. It wasn’t about me.
” I was there on behalf of Bremain In Spain and we had our message to get across.”
I followed on from three very moving speeches from the In Limbo group of EU citizens living locally.
The speeches from the politicians and the non-politicians were inspirational and set out the perils of Brexit and how a #PeoplesVote is our best way forward.
The best part of the day was meeting up with fellow campaigners from up and down the country and connecting with the local groups: Wrexham For Europe @Wrexhamforeu, North Wales 4 Europe @Gogs4Europe, Chester for Europe @chesterforeu, Wales for Europe @WalesForEurope who I will be joining for local campaigns this summer.
Many thanks to Donna Lalek for wonderful organisation and making sure that we kept hydrated!
The full list of speakers:
Jane Dodds (Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats), Statement from Susan Elan Jones (Welsh Labour MP), Statement from Baron Dafydd Wigley (Member of the House of Lords, former MP and AM for Plaid Cymru) unable to attend due to illness, Silas Jones (Wales for Europe), Duncan Ress (Green Party), Angela Ramsell @spaceangel1964 (Women for Europe), Ciaran Donovan (European Courier) @donnyc1975, Femi Oluwole @Femi_Sorry (Our Future, Our Choice) @OFOCbrexit, Cosi Doerfel Hill, Matthias Wauz and Lars Kretschmer (In Limbo) @InLimboBrexit, Elspeth Williams for @ElspethElspeth @BremainInSpain, Stuart Thomson (Veterans for Europe) @Vets4EU, Baroness Christine Humphreys (Member of the House of Lords for Liberal Democrats) @WelshChrisHumph
Spaceangel’s (Angela’s) full speech: