Alastair Campbell protests Brexit with his dog at 'Wooferendum' march

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Alastair Campbell leant his - and his dog’s - support to a protest by dog owners calling for a second referendum.

Campbell joined fellow protesters at the 'Wooferendum' march in London, where dog owners marched from Pall Mall to Downing Street.

Campbell's partner Fiona Millar and their dog Skye. Image: Samantha King

The ‘Wooferendum’ was started by Daniel Elkan, who organised a petition signed by owners (and dogs in the form of paw prints) demanding a second vote.

Campbell and his partner Fiona Millar took their puppy Skye to the march, and he told talkRADIO he hoped it would inspire more support for a People’s Vote.

“I’ll do anything to try and persuade the country to demand another look at Brexit,” he said.

A protester at the 'Wooferendum'. Image: Samantha King

“I think this is a very British, wacky, eccentric way of doing it.

“I think it’ll keep momentum going for the march on October 20, where I hope tens of thousands of people will come out and demand a People’s Vote.”

It was also Skye’s first introduction to politics.

“This is her first ever political march, she’s only five months old,” said Campbell.

“It’s fun, but it makes a serious point - people are not happy, and, given the Brexit that’s now on offer is so different to the Brexit that was promised, they’re demanding another say.”

 

'Brexit's a tough topic'

A canine protester. Image: Samantha King

Elkan said he hoped that dogs would make Brexit a more accessible topic.

“Brexit’s a really tough topic - it’s something that people find hard to speak out on. But as you can hear, dogs will bark out,” he said.

“We want a People’s Vote, the country should be given a chance to think again about this decision. A lot of what people were told is not true, it’s sensible to have a People’s Vote and we want to show that lots of people care about this.”

He said that, even if people who voted Leave stuck by their decision, a second referendum would still be worth having.

“People voted to leave the EU for the lot of reasons - everybody should have their say, if people still want to do this, let’s do it, and if it doesn’t, let’s stop it and enjoy the benefits of being part of Europe,” he added.