Published: Sun, March 17, 2019

Protesters gather as Nigel Farage prepares to lead Brexit march

Protesters gather as Nigel Farage prepares to lead Brexit march

"We are here in the very week when parliament is doing its utmost to betray the Brexit result", Farage said.

In announcing the march, Mr Farage said: "All of us who want Britain to be a great country once again accept that we must be prepared to stand up for what we believe in and fight for our independence".

"Our view is that if our politicians think they can walk all over us then we will march back to them".

The 14-day march, organised by the Leave Means Leave campaign is set to arrive in the capital for a mass rally on March 29, the date the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the bloc.

The counter-protesters were also told to respect the 2016 referendum result, with one man waving a fake blue passport in their direction. "If you see what has been happening in parliament this week, we may well not be leaving the EU".

Several anti-Brexit protesters gathered as the march got under way, with angry rows breaking out between the two sides.

Explaining the event, they add: "To counter this, Leave Means Leave are undertaking a peaceful protest to demonstrate the depth and breadth of popular discontent with the way Brexit has been handled".

Some counter protesters carried love hearts saying "we love workers' rights" and "we love to have a say", but were branded "EU money grabbers" by marchers.

But the pro-Brexit campaigners aren't their only ones to lace up their boots to march. "The democracy in the parliament building has been spot on".

However not all went to plan, with a pro-Brussels mob surprising the Brexiteers and shouting them down with slogans supportive of the European Union.

In contrast, one counter-protester told the Press Association "it's going to be a disaster if we leave".

The walkers are due to travel from Hartlepool to Middlesbrough on Sunday.

The campaign's website offers tickets for "core marchers" for £50, which includes fully-paid accomodation, breakfast and dinner for the duration of the event.

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