Five arrested during pro-Brexit demonstrations
Five people have been arrested during the pro-Brexit demonstrations in central London on Friday, police said.
Two people were arrested on suspicion of assault, one on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, another on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, and a fifth after being identified as wanted, the Metropolitan Police said.
Protesters calling for Brexit rallied across London as MPs voted on Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement.
Leave Means Leave supporters lined past Parliament, while a March To Leave procession that started in Sunderland two weeks ago headed for Westminster.
Traffic came to a standstill by Parliament Square as Brexit backers blocked the road while chanting “we shall not be moved”, “Brexit now” and “Bye bye EU”.
Brexit Party MEP for Scotland David Coburn celebrated the march: “Excellent, isn’t it? It’s like Cromwell’s Army.”
Wearing a kilt and wielding a Saltire flag, he said: “It’s ridiculous, May has no intention of giving us Brexit. It’s now an argument between the establishment and the people.”
Some moved on to chants of “Oh Tommy Robinson”, in support of the English Defence League founder who is now advising Ukip and will later address crowds.
A planned counter-protest was yet to materialise ahead of the vote, which resulted in another crushing defeat for the Prime Minister.