On Saturday 19th October, One Million people marched in London to demand a People’s Vote on the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. The Poole Liberal Democrats were there in big numbers to demonstrate our undivided and continuing support for our place in the heart of Europe.
Along with our friends and colleagues in Dorset for Europe, it was an early start on coaches from Poole to London, our presence at the march showed our love for our community, our country and our future.
As the rain started to fall this did not dampen our spirits, we all stood together in Parliament Square anticipating the result of the Letwin Amendment taking place in the Commons only yards away. The scenes outside Parliament were electric after we once again defeated the Government on their extreme hard Brexit position.
The speeches given by the Liberal Democrat MPs were some of the best of the day, with our leader Jo Swinson stealing the show demonstrating the unashamedly Pro – European stance of the Lib Dems what a contrast to that of the Labour Party. Former Leader of Poole Council, Brian Clements started the chanting of “Where’s Jeremy Corbyn”, with the leader of the opposition once more sitting on the fence on the biggest issue of our time. Also, Cllr Millie Earl was there flying the Dorset flag high from Hyde Park to Parliament Square. The Poole Liberal Democrats are proud to be from Dorset, the UK and also Europe.
Our Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Victoria Collins stated her strong Pro-European position with the following statement;
“The million people who came together in London to march for a Europe and a People's Vote is incredible. That included many from Poole who travelled together for this momentous occasion. This clearly shows how the public mood has shifted and our place is at the heart of Europe. A recent study showed that Poole would be among the top 30 towns to be most negatively affected by Brexit”.
Victoria added that, “We strongly believe that Poole deserves to thrive and to do so in a thriving Europe”.
All in all, a very successful day, with the PM suffering defeat once again and another extension seeming very likely, we will be ready to march once again for our place in the heart of Europe very soon.