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Anti Brexit march in London Oct 2018

October 29, 2018 12:52 PM

About 700,000 people descended on London to complain about the way the Brexit negotiations are going. That is 1% of the population of the UK.

The mood was peaceful and friendly, aided by the gloriously unseasonal

l weather. People of all ages and from all over the country and beyond, all wondering how we have managed to end up in such a terrible self-destructive mess. Foreigners used to look to England and whether they liked us or loathed us, they all had a sneaking respect for our competence. Suddenly they think that we have gone mad.

I sat down with an Englishman who is married to a German lady and had been planning to retire to Italy. Suddenly these plans are in disarray because the already complicated rules regarding pension arrangements are now caught up in the Brexit negotiations. His life and that of his wife are effectively put on hold and are unlikely to be much clearer for the next 2 to 3 years. There are over 5 million people (English citizens living in Europe and European citizens living in England) who are being similarly affected.

The activism of the march will not be enough to force change. To change the political mandate, we need to make Party Politics work and be more relevant to activists.