Fishing for Leave on the Tyne

A flotilla of fishing boats from the Fishing For Leave protest group gathered at the Quayside area on the River Tyne on March 15, 2019 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

Fishing for Leave are supporting other Brexit groups who are calling for the government to scrap the Withdrawal Agreement and for MP’s to ensure that Britain leaves the EU with no deal.

The flotilla also marked the launch the following day of the ‘March to Leave’ walk which will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union.

The event began with a 30ft fishing boat carried on a lorry and escorted by a Pipe band making it’s way along the route of the river to meet up with the fishing boats who made their way to the quayside. Due to high winds the Millennium Bridge couldn’t swing open and let them through and the flotilla was force to stop and tie up just short.

The vantage point of the Millennium Bridge did however offer an opportunity for pro-European supporters to stage a counter-demonstration and words were exchanged and the occasional argument took place before the boats then made their way back down river to North Shields.

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Images (c) Ian Forsyth / Getty Images

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