Members of the West Berkshire Green Party, Liberal Democrats, and Labour joined with concerned members of the public under the banner of West Berkshire Stronger Together, and staged a march through Newbury. The #RallyForEU event took place on Saturday the 4th of February, with more than 50 cross-party protestors all coming together to stand up to the prospect of a hard brexit.
The march began at 1pm at the clock tower and then proceeded down the high street to the town hall where speeches were made. The protest drew attention from members of the public, and several even joined the march and stopped to listen to the speakers. Paul Field (West Berkshire Green Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate), Jonny Roberts (Labour) and Judith Bunting (Liberal Democrats) told the gathered crowd their views and their parties’ views on the current political situation.
In June 2016 the UK voted 52% to 48% to leave the European Union, while West Berkshire voted 52% remain to 48% leave. Eight months later we find ourselves living in a world of racism and fascism and the Stronger Together message remains clear: We don’t want this future, nobody voted for this, we won’t stand for it and we will keep fighting for a positive outcome to the referendum.
Newbury MP Richard Benyon was invited to the event, but declined. Benyon campaigned to remain in the run-up to the referendum, yet voted in favour of triggering article 50 in spite of his constituents’ views and West Berkshire’s voting record during the referendum.
— Newbury Green Party (@newburygreens) February 1, 2017
Theresa May’s cabinet has made a decision somewhere along the way since June to push as hard as possible for the hardest brexit possible, in spite of the fact that the leave/remain vote was almost a fifty-fifty split. Our future is at stake and so we march to raise awareness and to put forward an alternative perspective: One of hope and positivity, without fear, jingoism, racism or fascism.