Anti-Brexit March 2018

When Hubbie’s dad, David, mentioned that he was going to attend the Anti-Brexit march in Leeds this weekend, Hubbie and I thought ‘Why don’t we do the same?’

The march organiser’s advice was to travel to Green Park and to walk towards Pall Mall.

We arrived at the exit of Green Park tube station just after 12:00…

The weather was perfect for marching. It was sunny but cool breeze kept the temperature down…

The crowds were amassing at the northeast edge of the park, most of them, including us, were a bit confused about what to do next…

 

 

We were given stickers with a message “Bollocks to Brexit” so we stuck them on our shirts…

Then, a security guy told us to walk along the path towards St.James’s Palace…

 

 

At the west end of Pall Mall, we joined the main body of the march…

Time to time, the march edged forward but the progress was painfully slow…

Spontaneous roars and hand-claps happened here and there…

 

 

Helicopters were circling above us and we all waved our hands to keep our spirits up…

 

 

We didn’t bring our Bella with us because the organisers did mention in their web page that they wouldn’t recommend it. However, we saw a plenty of four-legged anti-Brexit protesters too!

I shall bring her next time, I thought.

Half way down Pall Mall, I became rather desperate for the loo, therefore, we decided to part from the march temporarily and have a lunch break.

Most of the businesses around Mayfair were closed for the weekend but we found a pub on Duke Street…

Oh wow, I love this place!, I was excited because the pub was one of those very old-fashioned and traditional pubs…

The premises was small but it was packed with all the charm of the British pub used to be. Their dark wood decors, plush soft-furnishings and comfy seatings made us very nostalgic about a bygone era.

We were very tempted for ice cold cider but ordered apple juice instead because the march was still ongoing and we didn’t want another pee break around Whitehall. I forgot to take a picture but their ham and mustard sandwich was tasty too. The ham was a proper homemade kind and it was very good.

After lunch, we returned to Pall Mall and rejoined the march. The mood of the march was very relaxed and friendly. We walked with the crowds at a leisurely pace…

 

As we got closer to Trafalgar Square, the pace became slightly quicker and the density of the crowds started to get thinner…

And we turned towards Whitehall…

We marched past Horseguards Parade and arrived in front of Cabinet Office.

Hooray, look at the shiny black door of Cabinet Office!

It was covered with anti-Brexit stickers! Let’s hope those useless cabinet ministers will see them on Monday, we sniggered.

Then, we walked past Downing Street…

Well, there won’t be any chance of sticking any sticker on the gate, we shook our heads. But we did not forget to boo loudly as we passed the gate. All the policemen looked glum and embarrassed.

It looks like we have arrived at the end of the march…

The march was my very first one I actively participated and I was very glad that I did. The atmosphere was friendly and it was wonderful to see the people who were passionate about Britain’s future in Europe…

Even though I am not technically European – I am a resident of UK. However, I believe Brexit is bad for the world and we should instead be more united to tackle much bigger problems such as the climate change and world-wide poverty and etc.

 

 

Mass of people from all walks of life had attended today’s march. I hope the Westminster will sit up and listen to the people’s voice…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

8 thoughts on “Anti-Brexit March 2018

    • EU is not perfect for sure. There are lots of problems to be sorted, such as the refugees etc. However, UK should be in it to sort out the problems, not running away from it. And about the trade, how on earth anyone thought UK negotiating alone against the rest of very pissed off European countries would yield any better deal than now? We are losing a huge chunk of the economy because some misinformed racists voted for the Brexit? I am soooo annyoed!! 😦

      • So agree about the other EU countries. I used to live in Germany and then Holland and as Brits we were always, as people, treated extremely well, but my European friends were less than impressed with how our government and press treated Europe. I can’t see any special allowances being made for us anymore. And, I think my German friends in particular think this time ‘Brexit UK’ has well and truly shot itself in the foot.

  1. Nice pics. I was there myself. I doubt it will do a jot of good, but there we are leaving the EU is the most stupid idea ever. Churchill first pushed for the a united Europe in 1946, and now we are making a move to undo that relationship, which will leave us living next do to a trading partner we will have no say in running. Just because we are an Isalnd do not make a us special. We are part of Europe. If we pretend we are not then it will result in self harm.

    • I agree with you 100%. While some are planning to travel to Mars, some small-minded people want to reverse the world to the Medieval time! We have so many problems we should be tackling globally, some politicians are promoting divisions for their own benefit. Look at Boris, for start. The process of the Brexit may be too late alter or stop. Still, we won’t stop protesting!

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