Sunday, 21 October 2018

People's Vote on Brexit!

The Sunday Times coverage of yesterday's march for a People's Vote on the final terms of any Brexit Deal or No Deal. 

There's also a good video on Brexit which readers can watch via the following link to the newspaper.

March for new Brexit vote draws ‘670,000’ protesters

Sunshine and slogans dominated in central London as demonstrators turned up the pressure to remain in Europe
By Rosamund Urwin -  The Sunday Times

God, or possibly manmade climate change, smiled upon yesterday’s People’s Vote march. The sun shone as protesters gathered at Hyde Park in central London to march to Parliament Square.

Organisers said 670,000 people joined the demonstration, although the Metropolitan police did not give an estimate on the number of marchers.

Alan Champneys, wearing a blond Boris Johnson wig, was handing out £350m notes from the “Bank of Brexit Lies” to fellow protesters. The 51-year-old professor, who lives in Bath, said he had joined the rally because “the whole ethos of Brexit: the negativity, the xenophobia, the lack of trust in expertise” ran against his values.


Others at the demonstration, demanding a public vote on any Brexit deal that Theresa May agrees with the EU, were equally scathing about the “sunlit uplands” promised by leave campaigners. “Who needs Airbus when you have Spitfires?” one banner read. Another said: “This is like when Geri Halliwell overestimated her viability as a solo artist and left the Spice Girls”. Perhaps most damning of all was: “If I’m here, things must be bad”. The most popular chant was: “Bollocks to Brexit.”

The route meant that the protesters ran the gamut of London’s exclusive private clubs — White’s, Boodle’s, Brooks’s and the Carlton — many of whose members are ardent leavers. But attempts to dispel any idea that this was a march of the London metropolitan elite may have needed work: there were countless Daunt Books bags, and Armando Iannucci was in the crowd.

London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, was treated as the most likely saviour to rescue the nation from Brexit. He urged May to allow “the people to take back control” from Westminster politicians. “We were told that it was possible to negotiate a deal with the EU during the course of an afternoon; now even the prime minister is saying it’s either a really bad Brexit deal or no deal,” he said. “The British public should have a say on the outcome of those negotiations, with the option of staying in the European Union.”