A Letter from Andrea Venzon
My life changed the day of the Brexit vote: as many other Europeans who had the chance to study and live in the UK, I felt that part of my heart belonged on this island, and my future would be deeply intertwined with it.
That day, history put my life on a different track. That day, I started the most incredible experience of my life. I decided to create Volt, the first truly European party, without any political experience, funds, or famous name to back me. The same logo, values, and policies across Europe, to fight common battles and to harvest shared solutions. Volt was started the day Article 50 was notified as a reaction to the Brexit vote: three young people, one Italian, one French, and one German saw in Britain leaving the EU the seed of a wider trend, the return of nationalism and extremism.
The prediction was accurate: since 2017 we have seen the rise of the same political tensions that 80 years ago brought this continent to the brink of collapse. Today, they are still well contained by the safety measure that our grandparents conceived: the European Union.
Now more than ever, the EU is in danger.
Now more than ever there is a place where those who wants to defend our shared project, and those that would like to dismantle it, are clashing: the UK.
Now more than ever, we need to walk the extra mile for what we believe in.
As voted by our UK membership, I will be an independent Volt candidate for the European election in the London constituency. We will run on the most positive, European narrative you can find:
“We are one people, and we stand by each other. We are Europe”. The challenge is enormous, the time is short, resources are limited. As we always say in Volt: if it was easy, someone would have done it already.