Emotions are high after three and a half years of political turmoil leading up to ‘Brexit day’. The world is watching as one of the most divisive political issues in British history comes to fruition.
Brexit supporter burned a European Union flag beside Downing Street in central London on Friday as others jeered at pro-EU demonstrators in the final hours before the United Kingdom is due to leave the bloc.
About 200-300 pro-European Union supporters were mocked by pro-Brexit supporters as they walked from Downing Street to the office of the European Commission in London. Police formed a line to keep the two groups apart.
Outside Downing Street, the official residence of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, protesters set light to EU flags, stamping on the golden-starred insignia, shouting “Burn, burn!”
“losers, losers” and “bye, bye EU”
EU supporters nearby were mocked by a larger group of Brexiters.
The pro-Brexit supporters were singing “shame on you, shame on you”, “losers, losers” and “bye, bye EU” to the tune of Auld Lang Syne.
Karen Evans, a 47-year-old hairdresser carrying a Union flag outside Parliament, dismissed the concerns of “Remainers”: “They lost. They need to get over it. They are bad losers. This is a day for celebrating.”
But opponents believe Brexit is a folly that will weaken the West, shrivel what is left of the UK’s global clout, undermine its economy and ultimately lead to a less cosmopolitan set of islands in the northern Atlantic.
They say the UK will now have little option but to cosy up to US President Donald Trump’s White House.
David Tucker, a pro-European aged 75, said he had come to London from Wales to march in the hope that others would keep alive the hope that the UK would one day rejoin the EU.