BREXFACTOR VOTES & PROTESTS

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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.

Se­bas­tian Ali­cia

Harry (far left)

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