Tensions were high outside Parliament today as Brexit day came to a close with no signs of progress towards exiting the European Union.
Pro-Brexit protestors caused traffic to be diverted as over 3,000 people swamped the roads and nearby Parliament Square.
Protestors from the ‘Leave Means Leave’ campaign originally left Sunderland on March 16th, hoping to arrive with the intention to celebrate Brexit outside Parliament, but it became clear that this was not going to happen as they approached London. Ex-UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and around 100 followers originally set off on their 200-mile, 14-day journey to London chanting, “We’re marching for our freedom’, with followers growing in large numbers as they approached the capital.
Brexit changed the future of the United Kingdom in 2016 when the UK officially decided to leave the European Union, but who voted what? Political parties and local history play an important part of the statistics behind 31 years in the EU.
Opinions can change like the wind; with 31 years of history in the European Union – most voters have lived through the changes the EU brought to the UK – with benefits to certain areas and limitations imposed on others, over time the British public have had time to reflect. In 1975 the majority of the UK (67%) voted to join the European Community (now referred to as the EU) with hopes of prosperity and an overall better life but when comparing these voting areas to the outcome of the European Referendum it is clear to see what areas were left most unfulfilled – areas like Boston, East Lincoln and Stoke-on-Trent voting highest for Brexit.