Dogs and owners attend 'Wooferendum March' in unique protest against Brexit
PUBLISHED: 09:30 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:40 08 October 2018
These dog owners had a simple message for politicians - Brexit is “barking” mad and it’s time to “paws” it forever.
Hundreds attended Sunday’s “Wooferendum Dog March” event in central London to call for a People’s Vote on Brexit including actor Peter Egan, Alastair Campbell, and Stella Creasy MP.
Mr Egan, who has five rescue dogs, said: “I think all the attention that can be brought to the question of Brexit, whether it’s light hearted like today, the better.”
The New European editor-at-large Alastair Campbell, who brought his five-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy to the march, told crowds to “keep fighting” for a People’s Vote.
Explaining why he was attending he said: “It’s a very British sort of thing - people love their animals and there are serious animal welfare concerns with Brexit, but the reason I wanted to come is that I do think the people’s vote has got to happen.”
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He said that politicians were “scared” of having a final say on the outcome of Brexit negotiations.
Mr Campbell said: “They know the will of the people is changing, if Theresa May can’t even unite her party around this vision of Brexit, how is she going to unite the country.”
Tiffany Haynes, a dog walker from London, brought Welsh Collie Megan with her to today’s march, wearing the sign “Collies think Brexit is for wallies”.
The 32-year-old said: “I think this is a nice idea for a protest, it’s a clever way of doing it because dogs make light of politics and bring people together.
“People can relate to each other more with their dogs.”
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The Wooferendum Dog March has been organised two weeks ahead of the People’s Vote March, which is due to take place on October 20.
Daniel Elkan, founder of Wooferendum, said he started the campaign as a “secret protest” by taking photographs of dogs with protest signs and putting them up in public places.
The 45-year-old, who isn’t a dog owner himself, said: “So many people don’t speak out when it’s a tough, dry topic, but if people don’t speak out politicians don’t hear it.
“The reaction I got from dog owners was so enthusiastic and it was like feelings were pouring out through their dogs.”
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Mr Elkan plans to join the march on October 20 and said dogs will be “very much involved”.