A huge anti-Brexit message has been ploughed into a field in Wiltshire.
Campaign group Led By Donkeys ploughed the words BRITAIN NOW WANTS TO REMAIN in 40 metre high letters, visible from passing aircraft.
The move was timed to coincide with the build-up to Saturday’s People’s Vote march in London, and the crucial vote in Parliament on the Prime Minister’s deal.
Led By Donkeys released a film of the message shot from a helicopter, with a voiceover by ex-Leaver Lisa Dodd, who says: “I voted Leave because of the NHS. I just can’t believe I fell for it. Manipulated wasn’t I, well and truly. I wonder how many more?
“People say to me, about 17.4 million people voted for this and that’s what they want. I’m one of those 17.4 million and that is not what I want, that is not what I voted for. I want my vote back. I’ve had my vote stolen and I want it back.”
One of the founders of Led By Donkeys, Olly Knowles, said: “Amid the drama in Brussels and Westminster we’re losing sight of a simple, crucial truth – this country doesn’t actually want to leave the European Union.
“A YouGov analysis of 300 polls shows a majority of Britons would now vote to stay in the European Union. Boris Johnson may have a deal but that doesn’t mean he has the support of the public.”
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David Lewis of Manor Farm, Water Eaton, Swindon, where the protest message has been ploughed, said: ” Brexit would be just awful for farming.
“So many farmers voted Leave but have since realised they were had.
“It gives me real pride to see this huge message ploughed out in our field.
“I hope the people in London get to see it. This country has changed its mind.”
Today’s 64-page draft keeps a transition period up to 31 December 2020 but scraps the Irish backstop, an insurance policy designed at preventing a hard border between Northern Ireland the Republic.
In the backstop’s place would effectively be ‘two borders’:
- Northern Ireland and Britain would share a customs territory – but EU customs rules will apply to goods entering Northern Ireland that are deemed “at risk” of moving into the EU at a later date.
- Northern Ireland and the Republic would share some EU single market rules – forcing checks on manufactured and agricultural products crossing the Irish Sea.
The Northern Ireland Assembly – known as Stormont – will get a vote every four years on whether to let EU law continue. But this vote could be passed by a simple majority – denying the DUP a veto on staying under EU laws long-term.
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