With the Brexit deadline of 31st October coming ever closer, and Parliament stuck in a stalemate regarding a clear route forward, over 60 islanders travelled to central London at the weekend to join another alleged 1 million people in the March for a People’s Vote.
Bringing flags, banners, placards and even ukuleles, the Islanders for Europe contingent took to the streets singing and chanting and making it clear to Parliament that a split vote 3.5 years ago is no mandate for the hard Brexit which Boris Johnson’s government is proposing.
The group remained in good spirits and ended their march in the rain near Parliament Square, just in time to watch the result of the Brexit vote in the House of Commons, which saw the government defeated and was projected onto a big screen for tens of thousands to see. The day concluded with speeches from Labour, LibDem, Green and Independent MPs, plus contributions from Sandi Toksvig and Michael Heseltine.
It was the first ever political march for many people travelling from the Island, and they remarked how uplifting it was to be surrounded by a wonderful spirit of optimism and determination.
Joanna Minchin said:
“To be outside the Houses of Parliament on such an historic day when all MPs were actually inside debating was exquisite timing. Some MPs who spoke to the crowd said how incredible it was to hear us – they thanked us time and again for giving them courage and Michael Hestletine ended saying KEEP GOING. Stirring stuff – we wouldn’t have missed it for the world. The next few days will be fraught, but we are more determined than ever to work to achieve a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal”.