Celebrations and tears in the UK on the last day before Brexit

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Brexit supporters gathered in front of Parliament House Friday to celebrate Britain’s exit from the European Union after a deep political crisis that lasted three years, but for opponents of the exit from the bloc there were only tears.

After 47 years of European membership, Britain graduates from the bloc on Friday at 11:00 pm (23:00 GMT), as a handful of the strongest supporters of the move gathered in front of Parliament 12 hours before the countdown.

“It is a matter of great satisfaction that we are finally out of the European Union,” said Wayne Green, 48, of Al-Balaa ‘.

“This does not diminish the respect of the European Union countries, but it is absolutely respected by them all and always. But the European Union is a trick, and it has been so since we joined it and I am happy that we got out of it.”

Others were there wearing union hats and holding banners saying “We will return” and “You have shattered my professional future and my dreams.”

“People are really upset about this and some may do absurd acts. There was a suicide attempt,” said 57-year-old accountant Peter Benson.

“As a group, we will be with each other to support each other and cry together, but tomorrow morning we will wake up and feel very sad,” he added.

“It is sad,” added Katrina Graham, a 31-year-old women’s rights activist.

“It is very horrific for this to happen,” she added.

– “absolute disaster”

Brexit supporters waved the flags of the United Kingdom, while a large beret man wore the slogan “Keep America Great”.

While supporters remained relatively distant from the opponents, a man made nude portraits of Prime Minister Boris Johnson riding on a donkey beneath the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square.

“He is very shameless. Many people don’t know the history and don’t respect the traditions,” said Nadus Adnum, 36, a bakery worker.

“You cannot bring nude photos and put them there (…) I told him that he could go anywhere, that is his right, but there is not.”

This situation reflects the ongoing debate in the country for more than two years after Britain voted in 2016 in a referendum to exit the European Union.

“I think this is an absolute catastrophe,” said Daniel Price, sales director from Brighton on the south coast of Britain.

– “We are too polite”

But the mood was more vibrant in the industrial cities of the British north who voted with a large majority in favor of the exit.

“The flags of the United Kingdom will decorate London today, I am very happy,” said Ada Swirby, 82, in the northeastern port city of Hartlepool, where voters chose almost 70 percent to leave the European Union.

As Brexit supporters prepared to celebrate the historic moment, the rest were looking forward to the day when Britain joined the European Union again.

“I am sure the UK will return to the European Union in the future, maybe within 10 years,” Benson said.

“France and Hong Kong showed how the protest was, we were being polite too much,” he added.

“We should have been on the streets to block traffic and cut highways. We should do it next time.”


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