At 11pm GMT – midnight, Central European Time – on 31 January 2020 the UK left the EU, “not with a bang but with a whimper”, to quote the poet T.S. Eliot.
It was a cold windswept night as a rather half-hearted and surprisingly threadbare crowd gathered on Parliament Square in London to celebrate at Nigel Farage’s Brexit bash!
A stone’s throw away, on Smith Square, a group of campaigners, protected by a police cordon, stood outside Europe House with candles and signs spelling out the words “Don’t Make Citizens Pay Price of Brexit.” The group, organised by civil rights movement New Europeans had also held a vigil that morning outside the House of Commons and in front of the European Parliament building in Brussels.
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