BREXFACTOR VOTES & PROTESTS
FOR the second time in a week, Parliament Square in London was the scene of a huge Brexit rally.
Last week, we reported on a huge proremain rally. This time it was the leave voters having their say.
On the same day as the rally, Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Theresa May failed for the third time to get her Brexit deal approved in Parliament.
“I think Parliament has betrayed the British people,” 34-year-old Alicia told us. “But I don’t think it’s even about leave or remain any more; it’s about our democracy, and that’s why I came today.”
There has been talk of a general election because of the Brexit battle, but nobody we spoke to said they’d vote for the Conservatives or Labour. Eric, 21, said that he’d vote for UKIP and that Theresa May is “a weak coward”.
“I think the whole country agrees that Tory and Labour seem to be taking it in turns to mess things up and I think people want change,” said Harry, 20.
“I would vote for whichever candidate promises to absolutely smash the existing political system to smithereens,” said Sebastian Handley, 50. “We voted years ago to leave, we haven’t left, so therefore we can’t call ourselves a democracy.”
Lots of people were also upset that leave voters have been branded as stupid or don’t understand Brexit.
“If you talk to anyone here, the only thing they didn’t know they were voting for was the incompetence of the MPs,” said Harry.
Rows about Brexit are also causing family rows. “I find Sunday lunch difficult with my remain-supporting parents,” said Harry. “I need my grandad to cushion me so that I can say what I believe around the dinner table without everyone falling out with each other. Once things are sorted, maybe we can go back to normal, but for now it is a divided country.”
For the latest on Brexit and MPs’ votes, which we’re now calling BREXFACTOR, go to live.firstnews.co.uk.
Harry (far left)