Yesterday, a group of protestors interrupted Boris Johnson’s press conference in Luxembourg – forcing the Prime Minister to abandon his podium.
Across the media, these protestors were described as anti-Brexit hecklers, determined to give the PM a hard time.
But, for many of those involved, this was not a care-free prank. For them, Brexit is personal, and they are justifiably angry. A series of tweets from Laura Shields, press officer at British in Europe, explained why.
A large proportion of the protestors were British expats living in Luxembourg. For them, and the 6,000 Brits living in the country, their lives are being “overturned” by Brexit.
As Shields explains, Luxembourg is a tiny country with a population of just 600,000. Therefore, “crossing the border for work and family is as normal as popping out to buy bread.”
After Brexit, when the freedom of Brits to move and work around Europe will be limited, this will cause massive problems.
What’s more, a large number of Brits in the country are – as you would imagine – married to someone from Europe. However, they don’t know whether they will be allowed to return to Britain and settle with their families, because of stringent minimum-income rules instituted by Theresa May and now Home Secretary Priti Patel.
And they’re deeply angry about the fact that, throughout this process, British politicians have used their rights as a bargaining chip in negotiations.
So, as Shields says, it was a bit more than your ordinary protest.