Sheffield For Europe lead anti-Brexit march around the Town Hall

30 March 2017

More than 100 people paraded around Sheffield Town Hall last night in an anti-Brexit protest led by Sheffield For Europe campaigners.

The demonstration was held in response to Prime Minister Theresa May’s triggering of Article 50 yesterday.

Now that the letter to trigger Article 50 has been sent it means that Britain should officially leave the EU no later than April 2019.

A long line of people circled the hall with a bunting littered with gold stars and white roses to oppose the news.

The protesters also waved European and Yorkshire themed flags.

Jane Thomas, who is one of the organisers of the protest, said that she wanted to achieve something that has never been done before.

The protest started with the crowd lining up in front of the town hall’s doors.

Members of Sheffield For Europe then lead the group on a march around the building, which later branched out to the neighbouring Peace Gardens.

The group concluded the protest with a group photo in front of the entrance to the hall.

Neil Schofield, who is a member of Sheffield For Europe, said: “We all wanted to get together to mark the day, a day many of us hoped would never come.

“We had flags and stars, and we marked what could be a very important day in the country’s history.”

The protest was accepted relatively well by the public, as many passers-by joined in with the protest.

The demonstration was met with some opposition from locals though, as some branded the protesters as ‘traitors’ and ‘sore losers’.

Police were called when one man threatened to punch a female protester.

The man fled the area before the police arrived.

Natalie Bennett, the parliamentary candidate for Sheffield Central, and a number of councillors were in attendance.

Written by Edward Evans

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