News ID: 240330
Published: 0547 GMT March 16, 2019

Activists begin long march in UK to protest Brexit betrayal

Activists begin long march in UK to protest Brexit betrayal

More than one hundred people have launched a long march in the UK to protest what they believe is a betrayal of a 2016 public vote to leave the European Union.

The march began in Sunderland, northeast England, on Saturday, and is expected to end in London’s Parliament Square on March 29, the date on which Britain is expected to leave the EU, Presstv Reported.

The rally will be led by arch-eurosceptic Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and a current member of the European Parliament. He is still believed as the architect of the June 23, 2016 referendum in which Britons narrowly voted for their country to leave the EU after more than four decades of membership.  

Farage said at the beginning of the rally that it was meant to prevent a betrayal of Brexit by lawmakers in the parliament and in the government amid concerns that their failure to agree on a path forward on how to leave the EU would cause Breixt to be abandoned altogether.

“We are here in the very week when parliament is doing its utmost to betray the Brexit result. It is beginning to look like it doesn’t want to leave and the message from this march is if you think you can walk all over us we will march straight back to you,” he said.

The launch of the march comes two days after lawmakers in the House of Commons allowed the government to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit beyond the end of March. People like Farage believe such a delay could be a long one given the fact that the EU would require Britain to hold European Parliament elections in May.

The Commons would vote for a third time on a UK-EU Brexit deal on Wednesday, a day before EU leaders gather for a summit to discuss UK’s request for extending the withdrawal negotiation period. There is also the chance that the EU would resist a delay, meaning that Britain should leave the bloc at the end of March in a disorderly manner, a scenario supported by Farage and his supporters as the true outcome of the Brexit referendum.

 

 

   
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