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Brexit: Remain protesters confront people on Nigel Farage’s Brexit ‘betrayal’ march

Nigel Farage at the launch of the so-called Brexit 'betrayal' march in Sunderland
Nigel Farage at the launch of the so-called Brexit ‘betrayal’ march in Sunderland ( Getty Images )

Remain protesters clashed with members of a march launched by Nigel Farage today aimed protesting against a perceived Brexit“betrayal”.

The March to Leave set off from Sunderland on Saturday morning, and will make its way down to London over a 14-day period, arriving in the capital on March 29, where a mass rally will take place on Parliament Square.

Leading a contingent of protesters, Nigel Farage said: “The will of the people is very clear.

“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. Simple as that.”

Pro EU activists at the start of Nigel Farage’s Brexit ‘betrayal’ march (Getty Images)

The event has been arranged by the Leave Means Leave campaign, and will proceed towards Hartlepool on Saturday, a trip of around 20 miles, before proceeding on to Middlesbrough on Sunday.

The campaign’s website says tickets to be “core marchers”, who pay £50 to get fully-paid accommodation, breakfast and dinner for the duration of the 14-day event, have sold out.

The start of the first leg of the March to Leave the EU (AP)

Angry rows broke out as the march started, with several counter-protesters assembling in order to get their views across. Anti-Brexit campaigners have dubbed Mr Farage’s march the “Gammonball run”.

They were carrying love hearts bearing messages like “we love workers’ rights” and “we love to have a say”, but some marchers responded by calling them “EU money grabbers”.

The counter-protesters were also told to respect the 2016 referendum result, with one man waving a fake blue passport in their direction.

Nigel Farage sets off on the first leg of the 14-stage Brexit march (Getty Images)

As Mr Farage arrived, a flare was set off with the EU colours, with shouts of “exit Brexit” emanating form the counter-protesters.

It is understood that two two advertising vans, made by the anti-Brexit grassroots campaign Led By Donkeys, will also be following the march.

Barry Lockey, who arrived in Sunderland carrying a flag with the message “Get Britain out: Time to leave the EU”, said that the event is about supporting democracy.

He said: “The democracy in the Parliament building has been spot on. They’ve got their no-deal taken off the table by four votes.”

Mr Lockey pointed out that this margin was much smaller than the 4% margin of victory during the EU referendum, which he said is now being discredited.

He added: “I’m sorry, but that really riles me. And they’re not going to get away with it.

“They’re going to get kicked out, them people, and they’re an absolute damned disgrace.”

In contrast, one counter-protester told the Press Association “it’s going to be a disaster if we leave.”

Frank Hindle, 66, said: “We’re here to point out that not everybody agrees with this crowd, who think it’s going to be wonderful if we leave.”

Discussing the no-deal Brexit that many of the marchers are calling for, he said: “The impact that will have on businesses and on prices, and on the availability of things like medicines and so forth, it doesn’t bear thinking about.”

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AIWA! NO!Donald Trump says he is against a second Brexit referendum, but he’s surprised at how difficult delivering Brexit has been.

US President Donald Trump has delivered his verdict on the way Brexit is going.

He opposed a second Brexit referendum – saying it would “unfair”.

He said Brexit was a “complex” issue, but said he was “surprised” by how bad Brexit negotiations have gone.

“I’m surprised at how badly it has all gone from a standpoint of negotiations but I gave the Prime Minister (Theresa May) my ideas of how to negotiate it, she didn’t listen to that and that’s fine but it could have been negotiated in a different manner.

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And the US President suggested that the UK might have been better off taking his advice, as he said Prime Minister Theresa May “did not listen” to his suggestions on how to negotiate Brexit.

Mr Trump was speaking in the Oval Office after greeting Irish premier Leo Varadkar.

He said: “It’s a very complex thing right now, it’s tearing a country apart, it’s actually tearing a lot of countries apart and it’s a shame it has to be that way but I think we will stay right in our lane.”

“The EU has been very tough to deal with and frankly it’s been very one-sided for many years so we are changing that around.”

Asked if he thinks the Brexit deadline should be extended, Mr Trump said: “I think they are probably going to have to do something because right now they are in the midst of a very short period of time, at the end of the month and they are not going to be able to do that.

“We can do a very big trade deal with the UK. we are also re-negotiating our trade deal with the European groups and literally individual nations.” 

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U.K. Parliament votes against no-deal Brexit, paving way for delay

BLOOMBERG, AIWA! NO!

LONDON – Britain’s Parliament voted to avoid an economically disastrous no-deal split from the European Union, opening the door to delaying Brexit and radically re-writing the terms of the divorce.

The House of Commons voted 321 to 278 to reject leaving the EU with no deal and is now expected to seek to delay Brexit in the hope of securing a better deal, which markets would welcome.

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A sudden “no-deal” split would see an end to the current free trade arrangements between Britain and its EU partners overnight.

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Speaking in the Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May said Parliament must now face up to the consequences of its decisions. She announced that if a deal can be agreed to in the coming days, she would ask the EU for a short “technical” extension to the March 29 exit day deadline. If there’s no deal, the delay will be much longer, she said.

It is almost three years since Britain voted to cancel its 40-year membership of the EU and with just 16 days to go until exit day, Theresa May’s government has failed to get an agreement that can win the support of Parliament.

The prime minister’s preferred deal, which took two years to negotiate, was resoundingly rejected by the Commons for the second time in a vote on Tuesday night. Now, MPs have decided to avoid leaving the bloc without a deal.

The question is, what kind of deal will Parliament vote for, and how much longer do Britain’s politicians need to make up their minds?

On Wednesday, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, warned that postponing Brexit won’t be straightforward.

“It could be a tactical, a political prolongation,” Barnier told Euronews TV. “In that case, I know the answers and the reaction of the EU side, the EU leaders, the EU Parliament: ‘What for? Why do you need a prolongation? Is it for organizing a new referendum, new elections or not?”‘

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Theresa May’s statement from Strasbourg as she talked up a string of “legally binding” changes to her Brexit deal and said the Government had delivered on the demands of MPs – Crimson Tazvinzwa, AIWA! NO!

Last November, after two years of hard-fought negotiations, I agreed a Brexit deal with the EU that I passionately believe delivers on the decision taken by the British people to leave the European Union.

Over the last four months, I have made the case for that deal in Westminster and across the UK.

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I stand by what that deal achieves for my country.

It means we regain control of our laws, by ending the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.

Regain control of our borders, by ending free movement.

Regain control of our money, by ending vast annual payments to the EU.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has warned MPs they will get “no third chance” to make Brexit happen after Theresa May agreed on a batch of last-minute changes to her EU deal.

The end of the Common Agricultural Policy and the Common Fisheries Policy for British farmers and fishermen.

An independent trade policy.

And the deal sets us on course for a good future relationship with our friends and allies in the EU.

A close economic partnership that is good for business.

Ongoing security co-operation to keep our peoples safe.

The deal honours the referendum result and is good for both the UK and the EU.

But there was a clear concern in Parliament over one issue in particular: the Northern Ireland backstop.

Having an insurance policy to guarantee that there will never be a hard border in Northern Ireland is absolutely right – it honours the UK’s solemn commitments in the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.

But if we ever have to use that insurance policy, it cannot become a permanent arrangement and it is not the template for our future relationship.

The deal that MPs voted on in January was not strong enough in making that clear – and legally binding changes were needed to set that right.

Today we have agreed them.

First, a joint instrument with comparable legal weight to the Withdrawal Agreement will guarantee that the EU cannot act with the intent of applying the backstop indefinitely.

If they do, it can be challenged through arbitration and if they are found to be in breach the UK can suspend the backstop.

The joint instrument also gives a legal commitment that whatever replaces the backstop does not need to replicate it.

And it entrenches in legally-binding form the commitments made in the exchange of letters with Presidents Tusk and Juncker in January.

Second, the UK and the EU have made a joint statement in relation to the Political Declaration.

It sets out a number of commitments to enhance and expedite the process of negotiating and bringing into force the future relationship.

And it makes a legal commitment that the UK and the EU will begin work immediately to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by the end of December 2020.

There will be a specific negotiating track on alternative arrangements from the very start of the next phase of negotiations.

It will consider facilitations and technologies – both those currently ready and emerging.

The UK’s position will be informed by the three domestic groups announced last week – for technical experts, MPs, and business and trade unions.

Third, alongside the joint instrument on the Withdrawal Agreement, the United Kingdom Government will make a Unilateral Declaration that if the backstop comes into use and discussions on our future relationship break down so that there is no prospect of subsequent agreement, it is the position of the United Kingdom that there would be nothing to prevent the UK instigating measures that would ultimately dis-apply the backstop.

Unilateral Declarations are commonly used by states alongside the ratification of treaties.

The Attorney General will set out in legal analysis the meaning of the joint instrument and unilateral declaration to Parliament.

Tomorrow the House of Commons will debate the improved deal that these legal changes have created.

I will speak in more detail about them when I open that debate.

MPs were clear that legal changes were needed to the backstop.

Today we have secured legal changes.

Now is the time to come together, to back this improved Brexit deal, and to deliver on the instruction of the British people.

The vote for Brexit will no doubt be a defining political moment for my age group. I sense that more people now feel politically engaged than ever before. Based on what I’ve seen on my Facebook feed during the past 24 hours, here are some observations about some of the main ideas being discussed.

Brexit is the last straw for British young people like me – we need a Final Say referendum to protect our futures

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Over the last few years, we’ve been priced out of housing and been turned into a generation unable to establish ourselves independently –
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Politics is changing whether the establishment likes it or not. Trust in traditional politics is low and institutions are weak, but pro-EU campaign groups and activist networks are springing up everywhere. Politics is facing a crisis of inclusion – young people want in but often don’t feel welcome or represented.

Brexit, what young people think

That’s why I joined a (polite) mob at parliament yesterday from Our Future, Our Choice (OFOC) determined to have our voice heard in the halls of Westminster. We want a say in the political manoeuvring that is defining our future, and through lobbying and “green carding” we can grab the attention of our MPs and deliver our message on the importance of a new referendum on Brexit.

And it’s also why I will be joining the hundreds of thousands of protestors on 23 March calling upon our politicians to put it to the electorate. Young people from around the country should join me in demanding again a Final Say on the Brexit deal. Apparently, 700,000 frustrated protestors weren’t enough.

We have become used to people like Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson representing an old school crew that continue to dominate politics. But change is inevitable as young people start to make their voice heard. The climate change demonstrations across the country last week were a glorious example.

My suspicion is that any delay to Brexit is a plot to stop Brexit. This would be the most grievous error that politicians could commit.

Jacob Rees Mogg

For years, it was assumed that young people were ambivalent about events in Westminster. Over the last few years, we’ve been priced out of housing and been turned into a generation unable to establish ourselves independently. We’ve been forced to return home after further education, had our tuition fees trebled and been snubbed by MPs. And today we hear that three-quarters of graduates fear that Brexit will damage their careers

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But now, steadily, we are turning out in force, on the streets and in the ballot booths, making our voices heard. Not all are pleased with this though. After years of complaints about our inaction, some members of the establishment are worriedthat we may want to participate.

Why now? Why over Brexit? Well, Brexit will hit young people (18 to 35-year-olds) the hardest. It will make us poorer and fuel inequality. It will deny us opportunities and deprive us of the right to live or work anywhere inside the EU. Just look at the statistics. Of the 18 to 24-year-olds that voted in the referendum, 75% voted to remain.

Turnout in the 2016 referendum turned out to be almost double what was originally reported. In fact, 64% of 18 to 24-year-olds registered to vote turned up at the polls. That sounds good, but is rather dismal when compared with the 90% of over 65s who voted. But young people are realising their error.

As it stands, the majority of Britons back a Final Say on the deal, according to the largest poll since the referendum, and 53% would vote Remain. Not to mention the fact that 86% of Labour members now back a Final Say.

We are desperate for a politics in which we can take part. Most of all, we want a to give our opinion on the issue that affects us the most.

Quite how people still dismiss young protesters like myself as “snowflakes” and “privileged Remoaners” is beyond me. These claims are wide off the mark. In fact, many people who voted for Brexit would not do so now.

The protest on 23 March is not just for us, it’s for the next generation of voters too, and for anybody who cares about what kind of country we will be in a decade’s time.

Our political infrastructure is riddled with problems. Yes. But we don’t want to inherit even more thanks to Brexit. We will not let a handful of politicians’ wreck our futures.