Over 100 Brexit Backers Set Off On Protest March From Sunderland To London On Saturday
Fakhir Rizvi 5 days ago Sat 16th March 2019 | 10:44 PM
Over a hundred supporters of the UK withdrawal from the European Union embarked on a protest march to London from the city of Sunderland on Saturday, with a view to reaching the country's capital by March 29
The march comes after the UK parliament on Thursday backed a motion seeking to extend the withdrawal deadline, previously set for March 29, until June 30, amid repeated failed attempts to pass the government's Brexit deal. The plan now needs to be agreed upon by 27 EU member states.
"If you see what has been happening in parliament this week, we may well not be leaving the EU. If politicians think they can walk all over us, then we're going to march back and tell them they can't," former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, who leads the march, said, addressing the participants.
According to the organizers, between 100 and 200 people are taking part in the march. The relative small number of participants may be explained by registration fee 50 Pounds per person for accommodation and meals and also the current weather conditions, such as strong winds and rain, in England.
Meanwhile, the march started with a small hitch as a group of the march's participants was surrounded by a crowd of pro-EU activists, and a dispute broke out about pros and cons of EU membership. The dispute ended with a quarrel, as the Brexiteers began insulting the EU supporters and labelling them as "traitors" and "losers." As a result, the march started with a delay.