Nigel Farage has confirmed he will not complete the Brexit Betrayal march as just 350 protesters turned up to trek from North East England to Westminster.
The former UKIP leader had tweeted “We’re marching from Sunderland to London… get your walking boots on!” last month as he rallied supporters to join him on a “Brexit Betrayal march”.
Yet today he admitted he will only walk “some of it” as campaigners, who have been sponsored by supporters of his Leave Means Leave campaign, got underway.
The Daily Express had reported that as many as 100,000 people were expected to join the protest in November, but organisers confirmed just over 350 had actually signed up.
Just 50 people have committed to do all 14 days of walking, taking on 20 miles a day, every day, for two weeks and getting bussed a further 30 miles in between stages each day.
— Julian Shea (@juliansheasport) March 16, 2019
Several anti-Brexit protesters gathered as the march got under way, with angry rows breaking out between the two sides.
Anti-Brexit protesters set off a flare with the EU colours and shouted “exit Brexit” while some marchers called them “EU money grabbers”, and one waved a fake blue passport in their direction.
The march will be shadowed by several anti-Brexit groups, including one that raised more than £30,000 to pay for mobile advertising screens.
Chiselling shitweasel. Of course he won’t. https://t.co/WxAHkXKRFi
— James O’Brien (@mrjamesob) March 16, 2019