Tempers flared at a stall in central Hastings on Saturday January 26, where volunteers from the European Movement, which supports remaining in the EU, had set up to gather local Brexit opinions.
Just a few steps away was a similar stall for the Brexit camp, but with fewer people around it. An altercation happened at the Remain stall where a leaver ranted at a remainer putting a sticker on the board, accusing her of not believing in democracy, but the incident did not ecalate further.
At the Remain stall, people queued to put a sticker on a board against their choice of answer and chatted to the volunteers. Among the questions were: “Do you agree/disagree with a people’s vote, no deal or the deal Theresa May put on the table?”
Most “agree” stickers were applied to the question: “Would you want to stay in the EU and reform it from within?”
The stall had a leaflet with a quote from Winston Churchill in 1946. Graham Bishop, vice-chair of the European Movement and an experienced European integrationist read through Churchill’s many quotes and speeches to oppose the rumour that latter was really a Eurosceptic. It said the goal was: “To recreate the European Family, or as much as we can, and provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, in safety and in freedom.” Churchill was one of the first Honorary Presidents of the European Movement.
Image Credits: Heidi Foster.