Brexit branded ‘a huge mistake’ as protestors march to re-join EU | EUROtoday
Protestors towards the UK’s exit from the European Union have labelled the transfer “a huge mistake” as they campaigned to re-join the bloc.
A big crowd of pro-EU protestors gathered exterior the Hilton lodge on Park Lane in west London for the National Rejoin March (NRM) on Saturday.
Hundreds of individuals wearing blue clothes and carrying EU flags stuffed the pavement forward of the march by way of town’s streets, which was due to culminate with a rally at Parliament Square.
Clusters of Metropolitan Police officers had been on the scene as protestors handed out flyers and passing automobiles beeped their horns in assist.
The UK voted to depart the European Union in a referendum in June 2016, known as by then-Prime Minister David Cameron.
Peter Corr, chief and co-founder of NRM, stated he determined to organise the march as it “felt like everyone had given up” on the trigger.
Mr Corr, a lorry driver from Derby, advised the PA information company: “Brexit was a huge mistake, we’re all – especially working class and poorer people – paying for it and we need to do something about it.”
He stated 60% of the nation, and 80% of individuals aged below 25, persistently say they might rejoin the EU in polls, including: “I hate racism and xenophobia and that’s just what a big part of that ‘Vote Leave’ campaign really felt like to me.”
Ceira Sergeant, 21, from Walton in Liverpool, one in every of audio system on the rally, stated: “I was only 14 when the referendum happened, so there was a huge amount of my peers who never got the chance to have their voices heard.”
Protestors held up placards earlier than the march expressing their discontent with leaving the EU, together with “The road to rejoin the EU starts here”, and “Rejoin, Rejoice”.
Another signal learn: “Tories out, migrants welcome – Rejoin the EU”.
Individuals teams from throughout the nation, together with Devon, Cornwall and Stratford, had been current with personalised placards.
Protestors from different European international locations additionally attended the occasion with many sporting EU-styled berets.
Representatives of the Green Party additionally displayed a banner in solidarity of the protests.
Terry Reintke, member of European Parliament from Germany and co-chair of the Green Group within the parliament, stated Europeans see occasions just like the march with “a lot of sympathy” and that the UK is considered as an “absolutely integral partner”.
She stated: “The UK has managed to build one of the biggest pro-European movements across Europe, and we can still feel there are so many millions of people in the UK who want to rejoin the EU.”
Asked whether or not there had been discussions in European Parliament in regards to the UK’s attainable return, Ms Reintke stated: “If there was a willingness to rejoin, our door would be open.”
Lisa Burton, 53, from Rhonda Valley in Wales, now lives in Lanzarote, Spain and is vice chair of campaigning group Bremain in Spain.
She stated: “It’s just becoming evident of the damages of Brexit – every sector is suffering.
“We’re British immigrants living in the EU who took advantage of the freedom of movement, and I feel British people have a very warped image of what that is – they think it’s only inward.”
“We think that sticking plasters over Brexit is never going to be enough,” Ms Burton added.