Last summer, the people of Britain voted to leave the European Union. Well, most of them did, at least. Those who didn’t vote for this British exit — aka Brexit — came out en masse on Saturday to protest the unpopular political move that may come to fruition in early 2019.
Brexit was wildly unpopular among young voters; indeed, 75% of people ages 18 to 24 voted against Britain’s exit from the EU. The entire region was pretty evenly split, in fact, and in the end the decision was determined by a 52%-48% split, meaning that almost half the country was against this major decision. Considering that Brexit will greatly impact the lives of everyone in Britain, those are terrible odds.
This weekend, thousands of Londoners protested at Parliament Square for The People’s March for Europe.
The call was for parliament to “Exit Brexit.”
Protesters hoped to influence members of parliament to vote against the EU exit, which they’ll do on Monday for the first time since the Brexit vote.
The Guardian reported that First Secretary of State Damian Green said that the government will consider “reasonable points” about the withdrawal bill, so there may be hope yet for anti-Brexiters — including author J.K. Rowling.
One of the strongest arguments among Brexit-Exit proponents is that leaving the E.U. is xenophobic.
While those in favor of Brexit claim that leaving the European Union, which consists of 28 countries, will allow for Britain to have greater control over its borders and immigration laws, Brexit essentially means that refugees and immigrants will have a more difficult time moving to Britain than any other place in Europe.
Vince Cable, an MP from Twickenham and leader of the Liberal Democrats, spoke about this at the demonstration, saying, “We’re beginning to see, for example, large numbers of European Nationals feeling here insecure, unwanted, drifting away from the country — some of the best people we have.”
Hmm, turning away important members of society based on their places of origin? That sounds eerily familiar.
Considering how unifying the European Union’s mission is, it’s a bold statement from the U.K. to leave it; a statement that many don’t agree with. In fact, many at the march sang that those who do support the bill can “shove [their] Brexit up [their] arse.”
It doesn’t get much more British than that.