Posted on 10/03/2021Comments Off on SARAH

When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come? 

Soon after the referendum result I came to Parliament as I wanted to show that this debacle was not in my name and to stand with like-minded individuals hoping to make a difference. 

Roughly how old are you?

Mid 40’s

How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?

I work so I would try and come up as often as I could, mainly for the big debates or when asked, perhaps once every 6 weeks. My colleagues in our remain group who were retired came more frequently and when the trains let us (another issue). 

How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?

Depended on south coast train times. When they run it is an hour and half, but they also cut our trains. We made the journey on a bus once, and that was about 2.5 hours.   I later moved to London. It meant less travel time, but I still came with Remain colleagues from the coast. 

What’s your favourite memory?

The day I came to SODEM and then jumped on the Eurostar to Brussells and protested in Brussels the following day.   There are so many memories: meeting Remain MPs, seeing school children cheer, tourists from all over the world who described their disbelief in our government. The flags, the horns, the cheers from those driving by, the singing and the chanting. 

Tell me your story

I was born in the UK, but lived in NL and Portugal as a child. I am European. All my life I have lived and travelled in Europe, and the ease of that travel has been important, particularly as a disabled woman, for me and for my children. It feels this government has not only taken my history and my future, but also my rights as an EU citizen away. It has only strengthened my resolve and I now write European British on ethnicity documents as a small but meaningful gesture to assert my own identity. 

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