St Albans Remainers join national Brexit protest march in London
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Enthusiastic and defiant St Albans Remainers came together with homemade placards to join a national Brexit march in London.
Despite the Westminster terrorist attack only three days before, approximately 50 people met the St Albans for Europe group at City Station on Saturday (March 25), and travelled up to the capital to join 100,000-strong crowd protesting the triggering of Article 50.
The activists walked from Park Lane to Parliament Square on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the European Union’s predecessor, the European Economic Community.
St Albans for Europe chair Fiona McAndrew said: “We marched in London to commemorate the historic achievements of the European Union and urgently communicate to fellow citizens that Brexit is an unfolding national disaster, Brexit is not inevitable, and Brexit can and must be stopped.
“We are saying that the people have the right to change their mind when facts and circumstances change, when there is new evidence, and when they find they have been deceived.”
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A member of the group, Louise McElhinney, said it was peaceful, organised, and inspiring: “This government is shutting down the voice of the silent majority.
“Remainers, EU nationals, British people living in EU countries and 16 to 17-year-olds add up to a considerable majority of the country.”
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One woman who had been living in Germany came back to her hometown especially to march with the group.
Rose Newell said: “Back in Berlin, I’m married to a German national and will be going for German citizenship before the UK leaves, so I can get both without being forced to choose.”
One of the group’s placards was featured on a lighthearted national news website in their ‘15 fantastically fun protest signs from the Unite for Europe march’ piece - click here to see it.
Helen Campbell got a mention because her sign was a word play on the Nelly the Elephant song: “Theresa the Turncoat packed her trunk and turned Britain into a circus, off she went with a trumpety trump, trump, trump trump.”
The majority of voters in St Albans were in favour of remaining in the EU, with 63 per cent opting to stay in the referendum on June 23, 2016. But the UK as a whole voted to leave with a small majority of 52 per cent.
Prime Minister Theresa May started the Brexit process yesterday (March 29).