WHAT IS THE IN LIMBO PROJECT?
The In Limbo Project (ILP) is a not-for-profit non-political initiative set up by a group of EU27 citizens in the UK to record testimonies from the five million victims of Brexit and allow their voices to be heard.
ILP was started in 2017 by Elena Remigi to produce the first In Limbo Project book called In Limbo: Brexit Testimonies from EU citizens in the UK. In 2018, ILP published a second book, In Limbo Too: Brexit Testimonies from UK citizens in the EU. This second book is born of a collaboration between the In Limbo Project’s group “In Limbo – Our Brexit Testimonies” and our group “Brexpats – Hear Our Voice”.
A true grassroots endeavour, the In Limbo Project has gone from strength to strength as the books have become the go-to reference documents to understand the harrowing human cost of Brexit for all those who, having embraced the European dream and built their life on it, have been plunged since June 2016 into a dark and anguishing limbo. These 5 million people are threatened to lose everything, (their homes, their friends, their jobs, their families, their sense of identity…) through no fault of their own and, for most of them, without their having had any say in what’s happening.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Book 1: In Limbo: Brexit Testimonies from EU citizens in the UK
This not-for-profit book was compiled and edited by Elena Remigi (an Italian interpreter resident in the UK for ten years), Véronique Martin (a French author and academic resident in the UK for thirty years) and Tim Sykes (a British editor and academic). The testimonies written by EU citizens in the UK were collected in the early months of 2017 and are published with their full consent. They describe in moving details the trauma caused by the uncertainty their authors have been experiencing since the Brexit referendum in June 2016. This book comes with a thought-provoking and touching foreword by George Szirtes, a well-known Hungarian-born British poet. It aims to give a voice to a sample of the three million who are so often treated in the British political discourse and tabloid press as a depersonalised mass of ‘migrants’. In contrast, this anthology reveals them as citizens and as individuals, whose lives have been interrupted and plunged into a painful limbo by political events in which they have had no say. A complementary perspective from British nationals who have settled in other parts of the EU is also briefly represented at the end of the collection, as it was felt from the start that all 5 million people potentially displaced by Brexit are very much part of the same narrative.
Book 2: In Limbo Too: Brexit Testimonies from UK citizens in the EU
The second not-for-profit book of the In Limbo duology was compiled and edited by Elena Remigi and a team of co-editors from the EU27 citizens’ group “In Limbo – Our Brexit testimonies” and “Brexpats – Hear Our Voice” headed by Debbie Williams. The introduction is written by Professor A.C. Grayling. This second volume, In Limbo Too, continues where In Limbo had left off and focuses on the British in the EU. It represents further proof of the deep solidarity between the EU in UK and UK in EU citizens – a united European family, their distress and limbo, mirror images of one another across the Channel.
Both In Limbo Project anthologies give a voice to a sample of the neglected 5 million citizens who have built their lives on their rights to Freedom of Movement and are now at risk of losing everything in the Brexit shambles.