Boris Johnson held the first Saturday Commons session for the first time in over 30 years in order to present his new Brussels approved withdrawal agreement. The Prime Minister has now been forced to seek an extension to article 50 after Mps voted in favour of the Letwin amendment. The bill, tabled by Oliver Letwin, was passed through Parliament with a majority of 16 votes.
But outside in Westminster, an anti-Brexit march was underway, with protestors demonstrating the Government’s approach to Brexit.
The People Vote claimed one million supporters took to the streets to rally against Mr Johnson.
But the Labour party’s former spin doctor and People’s Vote campaigner Alastair Campbell claimed more than two million people joined the march.
Mr Campbell, who was expelled from the party after admitting he would vote for the Liberal Democrats, said a German TV station estimated double the amount of people had demonstrated through the streets.
He said he may have “underspun” previous estimated on the number of people who turned out.
His tweet read: “According to German TV (using some fancy crowd measurement technology) we may have underspun!! They say 2.2m.”
But the newspaper editor’s claims were widely mocked by Twitter users.
One person said: “It was at least 72 million.
“On the radio yesterday, they were saying there were 10s of thousands at the most!!!”
Another making reference to Dianne Abbott, said: “Dianne just called, she wants her calculator back.”
The protests in central London turned ugly later in the day, as arguments between People’s Vote marchers and Brexit supporters broke out in Westminster.
Police officers were on hand as Brexiteers outside Parliament prepared to confront the demonstrators as they made their way from Trafalgar Square.
Various MPs were also escorted by police as they made their way home following the Saturday session in Parliament.
Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg and his eldest son, 12-year-old Peter Theodore Alphege, were seen surrounded by police as they exited the building.
Remain supporters chanted “shame on you” and booed the pair after MPs voted to pass the Letwin amendment.
Cabinet minister Michael Gove, who is responsible for the government’s no deal planning, was also given a police escort to his vehicle and shook hands with officers before jumping in.
In Parliament, after the Letwin amendment was passed, Mr Johnson warned the government will now need to step up no deal preparations and implement the second stage of Operation Yellowhammer.
And on Sunday, when asked if the EU was going to be open to an extension, chief negotiator Michel Barnier said European Council President Donald Tusk would consider the next stage of the process.
Published at Sun, 20 Oct 2019 15:08:00 +0000