Proud to be European

Dr. Ruvi Ziegler, Chair of New Europeans UK, Oxford Town Hall, 31/01/2020
Dr. Ruvi Ziegler, Chair of New Europeans UK, Oxford Town Hall, 31/01/2020

Dr Ruvi Ziegler, Chair of New Europeans UK and of the Oxford European Association, spoke at an event on 31 January 2020 held jointly with 'Oxford for Europe' and the European Movement (Oxford Region) entitled 'Proud to be European'.

Ruvi emphasised the need to be vigilant about any intention by the Government to curb existing rights of EU citizens to vote and be elected in local government elections, given that they are unprotected by the Withdrawal agreement.

He also sang the praises of the principles of freedom of movement and non-discrimination, which New Europeans champions, and expressed hope that the UK will one day rejoin the EU.

Other speakers at the event included Oxford's MPs, Anneliese Dodds and Layla Moran, the Lord Mayor of Oxford Cllr Craig Simmons and the Leader of Oxford City Council Cllr Susan Brown, as well as Oxford's two EU27 cllrs - Nadine Bely-Summers and Tiago Corais. 

The event commenced with a candle-light vigil outside Oxford Town Hall, continued in a packed Town Hall, including a community rendition of Ode to Joy, the European Anthem.

The evening concluded with a vigil in nearly Bonn Square where participants saw off the UK's departure at 23h00 UK time accompanied by local street musicians Horns of Plenty. 

As an expression of solidarity, and based on a cross-party consensus, the European flag was hoisted over Oxford Town Hall for the entire weekend.

The following week, Oxford and its twin European cities Grenoble, Leiden, Bonn, Wroclaw, Padova and Perm flew each other’s flags on succeeding days.'


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