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ISLANDERS FOR EUROPE JOIN ‘1 MILLION’ ON BREXIT MARCH


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.

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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”.

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we had a peoples vote and the result was leave – over a million more voted to leave than remain -that was the democratically delivered result.
we had a general election and voted the tories in on the back of the brexit manifesto.

That is two democratically delivered results, which indicates to the government to deliver brexit as voted for by the majority. That is democracy in action – stop whining about losing.

demanding another peoples vote is just a delaying tactic by the bitter losers.

Had the referendum result gone the other way, then those that voted to remain would have been shouting from the rooftops about how the people had spoken, democracy in action, motion carried, result set in stone, no more discussion, no more voting, once and never again.

well the same applies to the leave voters – leave won, referendum result in, motion carried, set in stone, democracy in action.

start planning for your future as a newly independent nation and stop whining about the past.

The only reason we have politicians that want to stay in, is because they are not strong enough to stand up and negotiate for this country on the world stage – they are weak politicians that hide in a group in europe and just vote on things, then turn up in the uk making out they are someone special.

Remain Mp’s do not care about you, they are just interested in ensuring that they get to keep their snouts wedged in the EU money trough

John
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John

Well said sir. Remainders should have faith in their country. And they are fools to think the EU is democratic. Look at what is happening in Spain to the leaders who wanted independence for Catalonia. Now in jail and I have not seen anyone in the EU government calling for their release. If anyone is interested in the brexit party on the IOW please see https://www.facebook.com/groups/brexitpartyisleofwight/

JimBob
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JimBob

I wonder if the same level of reporting will continue when the protest marches against remaining start. Myself, along with many I know are just waiting to get to grips with the remoaners. (I do mean that literally)….

Quaesitor
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Quaesitor

So the first referendum was advisory. Now that we know the terms of the deal, let’s give all you lovely supporters of democracy a chance for a second referendum. THEN we will shut up – whichever way it goes – because the population will have had their say based on facts, not based on a dimly remembered past, vague promises and a belief that the UK is still somehow a major player in the world, bravely forging ahead.

Albert
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Albert

So if the second referendum goes in favour of leaving, again, will you ask for best of 5 and so on, until you get your own way? People KNEW what they were voting for, and all the obfuscation and procrastination by the desperate remainers hasn’t changed the minds of those that voted leave.

Orac
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Orac

Why are some of you people so scared of a second referendum?

It doesn’t take much to realise what was promised by the leave campaigners (£350M/week for the NHS, easiest free trade deal (with the EU) in history, to mention just a few of the claims) isn’t what’s turned out to be the reality of either this deal, or no deal.

If you were right in your understanding, of the reality of leaving, when voting leave (which a lot of people claim), and wish to continue leaving now, then vote leave again. If the majority of the voting public still want to leave, now they know what’s really involved, then that’s great. Is that not democratic?

Would you commit to buying something as expensive as a house, before you got a chance to view it? ,or would you at least want the option to change your mind once you had actually seen it? (for a lot of people, leaving the EU, or not, is potentially as significant in their lives as commiting to buying a house)

If you’re so confident that voting to leave was the right thing, I’d have thought you would embrace the opportunity to once again, confirm your allegiance to the leave camp.

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idiots – we voted to leave the eu in that referendum – there was no mention of deals, no deals or anything else on the paper – simply leave the eu or not.

We voted to leave, the government said they would implement the result and cross party politicians backed that – stop trying to delay things –

how about at your next local election or something close to you is voted on or you are selected for a job or something like that, are told that you have won, got the job etc and then are told, well… the others that didn’t get the job think that the interview process needs to be rerun – you know just to be sure.

get lost, bitter losers – the deal is done, the motion is carried – this country is leaving – significant progress has been made behind the scenes and in some areas we are already out – this is what we voted for

when was the last time a general election was held, the votes were in, the winners announced and then, prevented from taking office because the losers wanted a debate and another vote – get real – that is not how democracy works.

phil shannon
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phil shannon

how on earth can you honestly vote on the Brexit deal when you’ve already said, as part of the islanders for europe, that you will vote against anything that is of offer? WHat you really mean is that you want another referendum when the question will again be “do you want to leave the EU”, it has nothing to do with voting for the final brexit deal and everything to do with having your own way.

Bill payer
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Bill payer

Get over it we voted to leave so leave…fed up with foreign spongers coming here..etc etc..stupid eu does nothing for us and never will..but take our money..imagine 39 billion being spent in takling homelessness..nhs..infastructure..climatechange…fed up with hearing bout brexit..god dam moaners…

john miller
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john miller

Remainers are hoping for a second referendum as apparently a lot of leave votes was from the older generation and some of them will be dead by now,so they think the result will favour remainers next time,but looking at the above photo of the marchers,some of them look like they have one foot in the grave

Wasp Star
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Wasp Star

I hate the peace in Ireland and hope Scotland leaves the UK.
I love hedge fund managers and I hate workers rights.
I’m sick of free health care and hate being forced to eat safe food.
I understand the burdens of our millionaires. We need to defend them from EU tax avoidance laws and costly regulations.
Lets get no deal done, make the necessary sacrifices and give the rich the helping hand they so desperately need.
I am a moron.

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