It was a great pleasure and an honour to have been asked to speak at the Bristol for Europe rally last Saturday. There was a great atmosphere and a good crowd who heard some really inspiring and uplifting speakers, including fellow MEPs and our wonderful Bristol MPs Thangam Debbonaire, Darren Jones and Kerry McCarthy who are working really hard in Parliament on the UK/EU Withdrawal Bill.
It was also great to hear from Dr Mike Galsworthy of Scientists for EU. I am passionate about the need to maintain not just the EU funding for science but also the opportunities that cross-border working brings for more robust research, including the ability for scientists, technicians and others to move to the UK.
I was really pleased to see so many people from across the region, including Gibraltar, coming together to celebrate what we value as members of the EU. The energy from the crowd was magnificent.
For my part, I am particularly concerned that the needs of people are not forgotten. I have looked very hard, but have failed to see how Brexit will make anyone better off. We must keep fighting and sharing our fears for the UK post-Brexit and more importantly the EU values that we hold dear.
Photo courtesy of Mick Yates - www.mickyatesphotography.com