Tuesday 11 August 2020

Bye bye Britain: nearly 10,000 sign up for Dutch Brexit beach party

The beach at Wijk aan Zee is big enough to host thousands. Photo: Edi Weissmann via Wikimedia Commons

Nearly 10,000 people have said so far they will be going to a Brexit beach party at the seaside resort of Wijk aan Zee on October 31 to wave out Britain, after a Facebook post went viral.

By Wednesday, some 63,000 people had said they were interested in going to the bash and 9,600 would definitely be there – to eat Dutch crisps, and drink French wine and German beer.

‘Watch from your beach chair when they wake up as a closed institution and, if necessary, deal with the boats of the pro-Europeans,’ the Facebook post by freelance film maker Ron Toekook said.

‘If there is enough demand, we can bring in a band to play… ‘Het is stil aan de overkant’ (it is quiet on the other side) en ‘We’ll meet again’.  More musical suggestions are welcome.’

Toekook told local news website NH Nieuws he got the idea from a holiday in Hawaii. ‘When the sun goes down, everyone goes to the beach,’ he said. ‘You take your chairs and a bottle of wine and watch the sunset. Then I thought we could do the same sort of thing on October 31 for Brexit.’

At the end of the week, Toekook says he will get down to talking about what the options are, including getting an event permit from the local council. ‘A sort of British festival would be fun,’ he said. ‘Several bands have already said they would like to perform.’

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