When did you first attend the SODEM protest outside Parliament and why did you come?
I was encouraged to come by my friend Linda Vikaune. I went the first time around late 2016 or early 2017*
* [At that time it would have been Flag Mafia protesting; SODEM was founded on 5 September, 2017.].
Barry and I went to the first march after Parliament re-opened in September 2016. Barry was furious.
Roughly how old are you?
How frequently did you come and when was the last time you attended?
Maybe 5 times a year. I was there last in April 2019.
How far from Westminster do you live and what was your travelling time?
200 miles. It took me 3 and-a-half hours door-to-door to Parliament.
What’s your favourite memory?
The organised singing.
Yorkshire for Europe arriving with their wonderful songs.
Meeting pro EU MPs.
Sitting in nearby cafes and talking with like-minded British-Europeans.
Tell me your story
Freedom of movement is massive for our family. Traveling easily in Europe and enjoying roaming, not worrying about health insurance, just bringing the EHIC card. Cooperation with our neighbours is vital. My husband did his PhD in Hamburg and worked in Geneva. He travelled extensively and made me aware of the benefits. I was born in Mexico and now fear there will be more racism, but so far I’ve been very welcomed in this tolerant British society. My elder son will benefit from Erasmus but my younger one won’t. Brexit is personal and makes me angry.
I even think it made my husband so unwell that it affected his health and contributed to his death.
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