Brits to march in Stockholm over final Brexit referendum

Brits to march in Stockholm over final Brexit referendum
Another anti-Brexit protest in London last month. Photo: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali
A British campaign group is urging Brits in Stockholm to join a rally this weekend over the rights of British people living in Sweden – and Swedes in the UK – after Brexit.

British in Sweden, a pro-remain campaign group, urged Brits to join the rally on Saturday.

The event is scheduled to coincide with the Let us Be Heard People's Vote march in London on October 19th, which is calling for a second referendum to let voters have a final say on whether or not to leave the EU.

“British in Sweden will be running a rally in Stockholm in support of this campaign and highlighting the damaging impact of Brexit on the rights of UK citizens living in Sweden as well as those of Swedish citizens living in the UK,” said the group in a statement sent to The Local.

Organizers urged Brits who are unable to make it to Stockholm to instead lobby their MPs back in the UK.

Kevin Brunton of the British in Sweden group told The Local he was hoping “to raise awareness of the human cost of Brexit on Brits in Europe as well as the impact it is having on EU27 citizens in the UK.”

“I attended the Rally 4 Our Rights in London last Saturday and there's a real sense that both groups have been largely forgotten or ignored. A large turnout would be nice but I'm hoping that even a small number will enable us to raise some awareness back in the UK,” he said.

He said that many MPs he had spoken to had shown they were willing to respond to feedback from constituents.

“At a time when many people seem to think that they have no say and no way of changing things, it's given me some hope that things can be changed whether that's stopping Brexit altogether or at least reversing the changes to our rights that the government has already started to make in relation to healthcare, pensions and family reunification,” said Brunton.

“From participating in forums in Sweden, it seems like many people feel that the distance leaves them powerless to do anything as they have no way of contributing to the campaigns back in the UK. Having a rally here will hopefully help to give people the chance to actively participate in making a difference.”

The rally is set to be held from 1pm-4pm behind the British Embassy on Skarpögatan in Stockholm. More information can be found on the event page, or the Twitter account @letusbeheardst1.

For readers concerned about how a no-deal Brexit will affect you, here's The Local's Q&A guide to the rights of Brits in Sweden, including residence permits, driving licences and the passport travel stamp for Brits.

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