From January 31st 2020, at midnight, the United Kingdom and the European Union parted ways after 47 years and the British community in Luxembourg marked the moment with deep sadness. I joined them to see how the Brexit looks from Luxembourg.
It feels a bit weird to come back to the blog with a sad event, but it was a historic moment and I simply had to document it.
I started the evening at the church of St Alphonse on rue des Capucins, where the Anglican Church of Luxembourg organised a Brexit vigil, together with British Immigrants Living In Luxembourg (BRILL) asbl, Pulse of Europe, English-speaking Catholics and Europa-Union.
As you can imagine, the atmosphere was pretty sad. Everything started with a few bagpipe songs, followed by a short recital by David Pike.
From there, I rushed to the European Investment Bank in Kirchberg, where I knew they will remove the UK flag from the group of flags in front of the bank, at midnight. Luckily, I got there 10 minutes before the removal.
I started to set up my camera for the darkness and, few minutes later, the UK flag started its descendance, which only lasted for a minute or so.
After I knew that I got the classic photo done, I felt like gambling the moment for a bit. In such short events like these, you can’t really afford to try different things, because you can easily miss the shot if you get unlucky. But I kept an eye on the screen while shooting, I saw the photos from above, so I felt confident to try my luck for the next 10 seconds. And that’s how I shot the next image, which is also the cover of the article.
As the flag went down, you could’ve cut the tension with a knife. No sound for over five minutes. People still couldn’t believe that Brexit really happened. I couldn’t believe it either.
As a sign, I noticed that the wind simply stopped and the rest of the flags stopped waving, while the mast of the UK flag remained empty.
And that was it.
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