Chris Kendall shares with us his beautiful family story to reject the primitive, divisive and disgusting anti-German sentiments politicians like Mark Francois still dare to express on live TV in 2019.


• In a video message posted on Thursday, Tom Enders, the German boss of Airbus, said that in the event of a No-Deal Brexit, his company would have to make “potentially very harmful decisions for the UK.” He added, “Please don’t listen to the Brexiteers’ madness which asserts that ‘because we have huge plants here we will not move and we will always be here’. They are wrong.”
• In response to the boss of Airbus, the Conservative MP and hard Brexit ERG member Mark Francois told BBC News, “My father, Reginald Francois, was a D Day veteran. He never submitted to bullying by any German and neither will his son.”


These small, mean-minded bigots are the absolute least of us. Are you as sick of this as I am? Support the3million, become an EU citizens champion, and act to just make it stop!



This is my great-uncle, who fought in Normandy. He was captured by the Allies.

He was a prisoner of war in Kentucky.

His name was Karl.

He was a farmer. He distilled his own schnapps and made me laugh.

(His schnapps was terrific — my aunt still makes it and I always have a few bottles stocked: obstler, himbeergeist, mirabellenwasser, zwetschgenwasser, kirschwasser…)


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My grandad fought the Nazis in North Africa.

His name was Bill.

He was a grumpy sod and loved making wickerwork.

He made me a chair and a table when I was a toddler.


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My great-grandad Charlie fought in the trenches.

A family legend said he was invalided out after a gas attack.

Later, we learned that he had been dishonourably discharged for looting bodies.


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This was my great-great uncle.

Nobody alive can remember his name.

He was a Captain of a German gun crew on the Western Front.


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This is the war memorial in my Mum’s south German village.

They lost two generations of men.


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This is my Mum.

She left school at 13 and came to England in the 1950s to make a new life for herself.


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This is my Dad.

He was evacuated from East London during the war.

He went travelling and met my Mum on a ferry to Holland.


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These are my European parents.


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This is where they will spend eternity together.


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This is me.

I am European and proud.

I work for a better Europe where my children will live in peace and plenty.


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Here is my medal for 20 years of European public service.


(Photos: Chris Kendall)


My story is just one among countless similar stories. Mine is another ordinary family. Brexit is a slap in the face to ordinary people all over this country and this continent.

I reject Brexit.🔷




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(This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article, with the author’s consent, with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.)


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A European civil servant (a ‘eurocrat’) of British & German heritage. Maker of EU foreign policy & spätzle. Co-hosts of @cakewatchcast. Writing in personal capacity.

Remainia, Brussels, & Chunnel. Articles in PMP Magazine Website