Welwyn Hatfield marchers join People's Vote protest
PUBLISHED: 17:42 22 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:56 22 October 2018
supplied by Welwyn Hatfield Liberal Democrats
Liberal Democrat councillors organised a delegation of Welwyn Hatfield protesters for the People's Vote march against Brexit at the weekend.
The marchers gathered at railway stations to get into London and join the estimated 700,000 people gathering to march towards Parliament Square.
Welwyn Hatfield Lib Dems estimate that at least 40 people joined them at Welwyn Garden City, Welwyn North, Hatfield and Brookmans Park railway stations.
The protest, held on Saturday October 20, demanded a public vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations with the EU.
Saturday’s delegation from Welwyn Hatfield was organised by Cllr Helen Quenet.
Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Barbara Gibson said: “Now that we know the enormous mess that Brexit really is, people want a chance to vote on reality, not the fantasy we were sold.
“Most Welwyn Hatfield residents I’ve heard from want a say on the final deal, and the majority now want to remain in the EU. “Saturday’s march was the biggest since the Iraq war protest, and it sent a powerful message.
“The question now is whether our MP is listening.”
Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps responded: “Although I voted Remain in the referendum, both the country and Welwyn Hatfield voted to Leave the EU. It’s great that we live in a democracy and I certainly respect anyone who takes time out to march for their beliefs, but I cannot see how a second referendum, before the result of the first has even been enacted, could ever be fair or democratic.
“It’s clear that those who now campaign to ask the question again voted to Remain the first time. So did I.
“But that doesn’t prevent me from respecting the original outcome.
“Listening carefully as an MP does not mean ignoring the original democratic vote.”