Brexit

The 2016 Brexit referendum quickly made Britain an international laughing stock. Brexit’s leaders wouldn’t agree what Brexit was, and the hapless Theresa May thought she would strengthen her hand by calling a general election but lost her majority in Parliament.

After two years of this chaos, Remainers organised and in October 2018 I went on the “People’s March” to overturn the referendum. That day’s pictures led to this project.

Living in “leafy Dulwich” it’s easy for me to get to Westminster, so I might just continue my daily walk on a nice day or I’d catch the number 3 bus to Parliament Square.

While I wanted to record both sides, the pro-EU Remainers were much more imaginative and engaging, energetically-led by Stop Brexit Steve whose charm and sheer persistence made him so effective and internationally-recognisable. The Pro-Brexit activists were around just as often but were more conservative-minded and static, their posters expressing anger and frustration with little humour. As well as these two peaceful groups, occasionally a few Far Right thugs appeared and tried to shout down and intimidate the Remainers.

This is a selection of my favourites. Also see my Instagram and blog posts on Brexit which are mainly links to short YouTube videos of the more eventful days and curious moments.

Stop Brexit Steve

The March to Leave

A Dog’s Brexit

Politicians

Written on the side of a bus

Brexit Done