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Young people had every right to take their case to the steps of Parliament

02 November, 2018

• I HADN’T realised until I read Michael McElligott’s letter that by simply staying home on the day of the People’s Vote march I was, after all, a Brexiteer, (The 700,000 who marched did so against democracy, October 25).

I woke on the day of the march with a slightly fuzzy head. At the time I put this down to having half a bottle of red wine with my supper the night before.

I now realise it was because the EU had been oppressing me in my sleep. Now that I have a nasty cough, I wonder if the doc will advise me that I should leave Europe and all will soon be well?

However, I’m still at a loss to work out how 700,000 people were being anti-democratic by calling for a vote on whatever deal this failing government might cobble together for leaving the EU.

Such a vote doesn’t necessarily preclude Brexit but it does give us all the chance to weigh up the consequences of a deal, or even a no-deal. This strikes me as being of the essence of democracy, that the people can hold the government to account.

Millions of our citizens living abroad were denied a vote on their future, as were those who have settled here. Since the referendum, some 1.6 million young people have come of voting age. Their lives will be permanently impacted by Brexit and many do not like what they see.

Even though the march was attended by people of all ages, the organisation and theme were by young people, for young people. They had every right to take their case to the steps of Parliament.

Richmond Grove, N1


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