- Title: Londoners disagree on way forward after parliament thwarts Johnson's Brexit plan
- Date: 20th October 2019
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 20, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BRITAIN'S HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT VIEW OF LONDON FROM WESTMINSTER BRIDGE BUS DRIVING OVER BRIDGE, PARLIAMENT BUILDING IN BACKGROUND VARIOUS OF REPORTERS WORKING ON COLLEGE GREEN ACROSS FROM PARLIAMENT SCAFFOLDING ON PARLIAMENT BUILDING BUILDER WORKING ON SCAFFOLDING EU FLAG AND UNION JACK FLAG ON STATUE IN PARLIAMENT SQUARE LEFT OVER FROM PREVIOUS DAY'S ANTI-BREXIT MARCH TRAFFIC BY PARLIAMENT BUILDING EU FLAG MOUNTED ON TRAFFIC LIGHT VARIOUS OF PEOPLE WALKING BY CHARING CROSS STATION (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, GARY CAIN, SAYING: "Well I'm glad. The last thing I want to do is leave the EU. I was at the march yesterday, and some of the media reported that there was tens of thousands of people or hundreds of thousands of people - there was a million people out, and I'm with one of those million people." PEOPLE WALKING ALONG SUNNY ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, GARY CAIN, SAYING: "I think the man (UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson) has proved time and time again that he reneges on what he says, what his principles are - and it's contrary to the law, as what with what we found out about with the Benn agreement, he's gone against that as well. I wouldn't trust the man." PEOPLE WALKING ALONG SUNNY ROAD (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, AMANDA MILES, SAYING: "It's frustrating that we're not moving ahead with anything. I think we just need to make a decision and get something done. It's just, the waiting and not knowing what's happening is just irritating." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, NICK (LAST NAME NOT GIVEN), SAYING: "You know, Boris Johnson is trying to force his way through when there's a stalemate. But at the end of the day, we have to go according to the law, what is by parliament, what are the members of parliament you know (saying)." UNION JACK FLAG HANGING OUTSIDE STATION (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, NICK (LAST NAME NOT GIVEN), SAYING: "Boris Johnson, maybe he is scared to have a new referendum. I say let's have a new referendum now. The people have learned what the cost of a true Brexit, you know, is. So before, people say... everybody is an expert on Brexit now, so now finally we know the consequences, let there be a referendum, new referendum. That's my say." PEOPLE WALKING ON STREET, MAN VAPING (SOUNDBITE) (English) LONDON RESIDENT, JIM NASH, SAYING: "My thoughts are that the democracy in this county has died. Every politician in that house promised to deliver Brexit. They are not doing that. In fact they are trying to reverse the results of a democratic vote." PEOPLE WALKING NEAR TRAFALGAR SQUARE
- Embargoed: 3rd November 2019 11:20
- Keywords: London UK Brexit Brexit withdrawal agreement EU Brexit delay
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B1WIE6F
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- Story Text: Londoners were divided over what the UK's next steps should be regarding Brexit on Sunday (October 20), a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempts to ratify a withdrawal deal were thwarted by parliament.
The fractious British parliament refused to vote on Johnson's new Brexit withdrawal deal on Saturday (October 19), a move that forced him to seek a third postponement of Britain's departure from the bloc. It had so far been envisaged for October 31.
After the British parliament refused to endorse Johnson's deal, the prime minister sent a letter to the bloc requesting a delay, as required by a law passed earlier by parliament.
On Saturday scores of protesters marched through the capital demanding a new Brexit referendum.
Among them was London resident Gary Cain, who told Reuters that he found Johnson to be untrustworthy and that he was trying to force his way through a stalemate.
Others were not keen on the idea of a second vote. Londoner Jim Nash said that politicians were tying to reverse the results of a democratic vote, adding that "democracy in this country has died."
It was unlikely that the EU's 27 remaining member states would refuse Britain's delay request. Diplomats said on Sunday the bloc would play for time rather than rush to decide, waiting to see how things developed in London next week.
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