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Why I Was There: People’s Vote March, 20 October 2018

October 23, 2018 9:30 AM
By Margaret Rees

Margaret Rees at People's Vote March October 2018So why did I march? I hate crowds and noise, but I felt that it would be one of the most important marches in history. It promised to be big and it was - some 670,000 people marched peacefully with some amazing banners. One of my friends and her banner made it to the Guardian - a picture of a man shooting himself in the foot, a foot with a Union Flag sock.

We live in a democracy, and in a democracy the opposition has a voice. Democracy didn't end the day after the referendum. People have a right to change their minds. When we know better we do better.. The referendum was based on lies, Russian interference, dark money, ignorance, spite, and racism. The only people who will benefit from Brexit are the millionaires: Farage, Rees Mogg, the newspaper barons, and the disaster capitalists. These people want to avoid the EU tax avoidance directive. This callous, lying, self serving, Tory Government are continuing to propagate the myths about the EU, and they are leading us to a dystopian future. Shame on them. History will not be kind to them.

I marched because young people won't have the same opportunities that I had. Leavers have voted to take away those rights.

I marched because I have friends worried about the supply of medicines after Brexit.

I marched because the Government are ignoring the 48%.

I marched because Kent will be turned into a giant lorry park.

I marched because the Government are still lying to us. We know we can control our borders and make our own laws while in the EU.

I marched because we can't have the NHS and Brexit.

I marched against racism and xenophobia.

Above all I marched for peace.

For a brief period I felt the world wasn't such a bad place. I was with kind, peaceful people who only want the best for the UK. I truly believe we're on the right side of history. The sun shone, the bands played, we booed when passing Downing Street (hope we didn't frighten No 10 cat) and stuck Bollocks to Brexit stickers on the cabinet office door. The only trouble I saw was a leave voter harassing a couple of women with EU flags. The police swiftly dealt with it.

It's a day I will not forget. I was proud to be there.