'˜Three men turned up:' Doncaster MP plays down Brexit protest outside office

A Doncaster MP has released a photo of an '˜emergency' Brexit protest outside her office '“ which she says attracted just three protesters.

Thursday, 25th October 2018, 1:52 pm
The Brexit demo outside the office of Don Valley MP Caroline Flint.

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint was braced for a demonstration outside her Auckley office this morning by Best for Britain and Best For Doncaster campaigners upset by her support for Prime Minister Theresa May and her Brexit plan.

But the MP tweeted: 'Three men turned up. Unconfirmed if any from Don Valley' minutes after the demonstration got under way.

It is understood the group, none of whom had banners or placards, stood chatting outside the office for about twenty minutes before heading off.

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One Twitter user responded to her: 'Keyboard warriors strike again it seems. Keep up the good work Caroline.'

The protest was called in response to the announcement that she and 45 Labour MPs are planning to back the PM over her Brexit deal.

Ms Flint has previously said that people in Doncaster have not changed their mind about Brexit and a People's Vote '“ a final say on any deal struck with the EU '“ would re-open old divisions and was unneccessary.

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The Brexit demo outside the office of Don Valley MP Caroline Flint.

The '˜emergency protest' in came after members took part in Saturday's People's Vote march in London which attracted 700,000 protesters.

Charles Gibson of Best for Britain said: 'Whichever way people voted in 2016, nobody voted to be poorer.'

'Even the government's own studies show that every Brexit scenario will leave the country worse off. Why would an opposition MP choose to support the government under such circumstances?'

Frederika Roberts, Chair of '˜Best for Doncaster', said: 'I agree with Caroline that Jeremy Corbyn's six tests are disingenuous. 

'It is not possible to leave the single market and retain all its benefits. 

'But there is another option to the ones outlined by Caroline. 

'Parliament can insist that the electorate should have a final say. 

'A people's vote, based on what deal is available, including the option to retain the existing deal (EU membership), is the only way out of what will almost certainly be a Parliamentary impasse.'

The MP has also been invited to attend Best for Doncaster's Brexitometer event on Saturday on the Market Place in Doncaster from 11am, but so far there has been no response, according to the group.

Earlier this year, the Don Valley MP said that Doncaster people still held the same views about Brexit.

She said in an interview with the Daily Express that the British public have not changed their minds about leaving the European Union and said that a re-run of the referendum could '˜reopen' divisions which emerged across the country in the wake of the 2016 vote.

She said: 'We did have a people's vote in 2016, and I don't feel any sense that people have changed their minds.

'They want us to get on with it. The problem with a second referendum is that it will just reopen all the divisions that emerged in 2016.

'I don't think that's going to help the country come together. 'What I want to see is a reasonable deal that allows us to get on with things, but also concentrate on some of those massive issues that people had around the country where they voted Leave.

She said that if there was a second vote, the choice on offer should be '˜deal or no deal' with no choice to Remain in the EU and reverse the result of the original vote.

She said: 'When people call for a second referendum, what deal are they asking the public to vote for? 'I just think in good faith we have to find a way to get the best deal we possibly can. And that's the only way we're going to be able to move on and bring the country together again.'