March to Leave: 20 pictures as Nigel Farage's Brexit protest starts in Sunderland

Campaigners have set off on a 14-day march in support of the UK leaving the EU as planned on March 29.

By Debra Fox
Saturday, 16 March, 2019, 10:09
We look at how the Leave Means Leave protest got underway in Sunderland.

Organised by the Leave Means Leave group, the protest set off in Sunderland today and will end in London on March 29. Those taking part will end the first day in Hartlepool at some point on Saturday. This is how the event got underway in Sunderland.

Around 100 people attended the start of the protest today.
The protest was organised by the Leave Means Leave campaign.
Counter-protesters also attended to show their support for staying in the EU.
Ahead of the start of the march.
The protest was organised in a bid to avert perceived attempts to betray the public over Brexit.
Nigel Farage poses for pictures at the start of the protest.
Day one of the event will end in Hartlepool later but the exact route they will take is unclear.
Other stops on the march include Pontefract, Doncaster and Wellingborough.
Today's leg of the protest is 20 miles.
Speaking ahead of the march, Mr Farage said: "The will of the people is very clear."

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"If you see what has been happening in Parliament this week, we may well not be leaving the EU."
"If politicians think they can walk all over us, then we're going to march back and tell them they can't. Simple as that."
Mr Farage also called the launch of the march "a momentous day in British political history."
Mr Farage was expected to be joined by other leaders of the Leave Means Leave campaign today.
On Friday, a North East fishing demo was held on the River Tyne.
Around 20 vessels took part in the fishing protest.
Speaking to the media, some onlookers said supporting the event was about "supporting democracy".
A look at the crowd ahead of the march start.
Mr Farage takes part in the march.
Prepared for the weather.