For the anti-Brexit, the manifestation of the last hope

Hundreds of thousands of people marched through the streets of London, clinging to a last hope of holding a second referendum.

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The anti-Brexit demonstration in London on 19 October.
The anti-Brexit demonstration in London on 19 October. Matt Dunham / AP

The rain began to fall heavily on the anti-Brexit procession at the exact moment when the deputies started to vote. Everyone will see the sign of the sky they want, but hundreds of thousands of protesters think they have perceived as a rainbow. In an additional rebound of this endless soap opera, the British Parliament postponed, Saturday, October 19, the fateful vote to approve (or not) the agreement on the exit of the European Union.

A loudspeaker announced the result to the compact crowd on Whitehall, the road leading to Westminster, causing some cheers. No joy too strong so far. "It's a respite"sighs Paul Doorly, an Irishman living in London for a long time. "Hope comes and goes all the time in this process"adds Louise Elkins, a Cambridge resident who does not dare to be enthusiastic. His son, James, 26, confirms: "Last night, I thought Boris Johnson would win a majority and Brexit would take place. And then, today, I understood that the vote would be postponed. Hope returns. "

Once again, a huge anti-Brexit protest marched in London. As in March 2019 and October 2018, several hundred thousand people called for a second referendum. There were probably a few less people than the million people in March, but it's impossible to confirm with certainty, in the absence of official counting.

As always, the atmosphere was good kid. The crowd consisted of families, seniors, students … More family picnic than revolutionary knife to the teeth. The difference, this time, is that hope is diminishing. An agreement with the European Union was found and, against all odds, Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have managed to gather a majority. It's a handful of voices, but the Brexiters seem to be about to win the game. "This event is our last chance. We cling to what we can, they are our last hopes »says David Lewis, 27, who made the trip from Nottingham. "If the Brexit takes place, I will try to accept it. But by then, I'll fight to the end. "says Lewis Stewart, 51, who came from Bristol.

Without a political leader or a real organization, the crowd scrolls almost silently. The only watchword, which has been imposed for years: "Bollocks to Brexit" ("Shit to Brexit"). There is a polite conversation between neighbors of the procession and laughs at the best slogans. But this restraint, which is quite British, does not mislead: anger is there, profound. Stronger than ever.


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