Nigel Farage delivered a fiery speech at his March to Leave in Sunderland, accusing Parliament of “attempting to betray the will of the people”. Mr Farage also hit out at politicians, claiming they think they can “walk all over us”. The crowd cheered as Mr Farage declared: “We saw that massive Leave vote in Sunderland and we knew then we could win the referendum. So the symbolism of Sunderland is strong and this in the week when Parliament is attempting to betray the will of the people in the referendum.
“The promises made in a General Election… and they now do not want us to leave in 13 days.
“They think they can walk all over us, well we are going to march back to them and tell them whatever tricks they play, if they extend it, if they don’t deliver it, if we even have to fight this again, we will beat them again.”
In announcing the march, Mr Farage said: “All of us who want Britain to be a great country once again accept that we must be prepared to stand up for what we believe in and fight for our independence.”
The March to Leave set off from the North East city on Saturday morning, and will make its way over to London over 14 days, arriving in the capital on March 29, where a mass rally will take place on Parliament Square.
The event has been arranged by the Leave Means Leave campaign, and will proceed towards Hartlepool on Saturday, a trip of around 20 miles, before proceeding on to Middlesbrough on Sunday.
The campaign’s website says tickets to be “core marchers”, who pay £50 to get fully-paid accommodation, breakfast and dinner for the duration of the 14-day event, have sold out.
Outlining the reasons for the “peaceful protest”, the march’s website states: “It is now clear the Westminster elite are preparing to betray the will of the people over Brexit.
“To counter this, Leave Means Leave are undertaking a peaceful protest to demonstrate the depth and breadth of popular discontent with the way Brexit has been handled.”
“Failing to deliver a true Brexit will permanently damage the British people’s faith in democracy.”
EU supporters ambushed Mr Farage’s walk shouting pro-Brussels slogans at Brexiters who are walking from Sunderland to Hartlepool in the first leg of the tour.
One Brexiter waved a blue passport at the Remainers who were carrying red love hearts with messages including “we love workers’ rights” and “we love to have a say”.
Other marchers responded by shouting “EU money grabbers” at the demands for a second referendum.