In pictures: The 'Wooferendum' march

Wooferendum march

Protestors at the 'Wooferendum'. Image: Samantha King

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Dog owners from across the country descended on central London today for a march caling for a People's Vote on Brexit.

Among attendees were Alastair Campbell with his five-month-old dog Skye, and Stella Creasy MP, who took to the stage in Parliament Square to talk to protestors about the impact of Brexit on the pet food industry.

Other speakers at the event included vet, Iain McGill, Ira Moss from the dog rescue charity All Dogs Matter, and actor Peter Egan.

Canine protestor wearing an EU flag. Image: Samantha King

Professional Boris Johnson lookalike, Drew Galdron, joins the march. Image: Samantha King


'The country should be given a chance to think again'

The march was organised by Daniel Belkan, who told talkRADIO that "the country should be given a chance to think again" about Brexit.

He added: "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."

Mr Elkan 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."

Wooferendum attendee poses with a campaign poster. Image: Samantha King

Alba White Wolf, who belongs to Young European of the Year 2018 Madeleina Kay. Image: Samantha King

Labour MP Stella Creasy cracks a joke about paw-ticle 50 in Parliament Square. Image: Samantha King

To conclude the march, a 'PETition' letter calling for a People's Vote was handed into Downing Street by campaigners and two guide dogs.


'I'll do anything'


Alastair Campbell told talkRADIO he would “do anything to try and persuade the country to demand another look at Brexit".

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


'A good sense of humour'

Protestor Eddie Speaks, with campaign signs painted by his wife. Image: Samantha King

Fifty-one-year-old protestor, Eddie Speaks, said the march was all about using "humour" to promote the People's Vote campaign.

"I think the best way to come back from something really bad is with a good sense of humour," he said.

"We need to stay in and I think if we can do that through humour then all the better."