Dear Mr Tusk

In our drama-documentary The Great European Disaster Movie, we warned that Europe was sleep-walking towards disaster. 

We take no pleasure at all in pointing out that much of what we foretold in the film is now coming true.

The decision of the UK to leave the EU is not a scene from our film but a real world event.

Brexit represents a sad day for Britain and for the EU.

It is also a Wake Up! call to Europe.

Together with tens of thousands of citizens across the EU we are calling on you and the European Council to bring forward an action plan for the renewal of Europe.

The European Council meeting in Brussels on Tuesday, 27 June is not a time for words, but a time for action.

Action to save Europe from itself. Action which responds to the clearly articulated needs and demands of European citizens.

Wake Up Europe! is a platform for a myriad of citizens initiatives and movements for the democratic renewal of Europe.

We ask you and your colleagues to listen to the voice of European citizens and to examine the proposals and strategies being put forward by these organisations.

We are citizens of Europe who are coming together to think, to talk and to act.

We ask for a constructive, open dialogue with you and your fellow leaders about the future course of Europe.

It is not only time to wake up Europe, it is also a moment when the European Union must show through its actions that it is changing track.

We are firmly convinced that the European Union is part of the solution, not part of the problem in addressing the challenges we face in Europe in the twenty-first century.

Equally, we believe that the European Union needs to change, and to change rapidly so that it can become not the EU of the history books but the EU that meets our needs and empowers us as the European citizens of today and the new Europeans of tomorrow.

Yours in solidarity.

Annalisa Piras, The Wake Up Foundation

Roger Casale, New Europeans

Kalypso Nicolaidis, Dear Britain, Please Stay Campaign

Franziska Brantner, We Would Miss You Campaign

Birgit Maas, Hug a Brit Campaign

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