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.

It’s easy for me to get to Westminster. On a nice day I would simply extend my daily walk from leafy Dulwich and go up to Parliament Square, or I’d catch the number 3 bus if I had less time or was going into town anyway.

While I wanted to record both sides, the Remainers were more imaginative and interesting, energetically-led by Stop Brexit Steve whose charm and persistence made him so effective and internationally-recognisable. The Pro-Brexit activists were present just as often but they were more conservative and static, and their posters expressed anger rather than humour. As well as these two peaceful groups, occasionally a few Far Right thugs appeared and tried to shout down the anti-Brexit protesters.

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

On the side of a bus

Brexit Done