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To worry about civil unrest today?

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QueenOfTheCroneAge Fri 29-Mar-19 09:16:22

Today is the day we were supposed to be leaving the EU. Instead, Parliament will be having yet another vote, this time on half of T May's deal. I do wonder if some pissed off leave voters will be so disappointed and angered, they'll take to the streets - not only in peaceful demos, but actual rioting. Even a small riot can escalate to alarming proportions quite quickly.

Blessingsdragon1 Fri 29-Mar-19 09:18:08

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Iltavilli Fri 29-Mar-19 09:20:44

Nah, it’s payday for most. The most trouble you’ll get is the usual Friday night kick off outside Spoons

Alsonification Fri 29-Mar-19 09:24:41

My dd is going to Belfast today on a college trip & staying overnight (we are in the republic) and I was worried about her crossing the border in case there was trouble. Her college lecturer wasn’t worried though & dd is very excited so all I can do is hope she’ll be ok. I’m sure she will be but I’ll still worry. She’s brought her passport just in case. She probably won’t need it.

QueenOfTheCroneAge Fri 29-Mar-19 09:24:52

I can hear the clash of zimmers now !
grin

I'm thinking more of younger far right groups, who may seize the chance for shenanigans.

IceRebel Fri 29-Mar-19 09:26:59

I can't see it happening, they're happy to express such views online but actually doing something is another ball game altogether. Also anyone who does riot is the sort of person to do so regardless of the reason.

QueenOfTheCroneAge Fri 29-Mar-19 09:27:24

@Alsonification I'm sure she'll have a lovely trip, but I understand your concern.

Gilles27 Fri 29-Mar-19 09:27:46

Have you seen the numbers on the 'march for Brexit'? The majority of the country no longer want Brexit so I don't think there will be civil unrest - just some more moaning.

QueenOfTheCroneAge Fri 29-Mar-19 09:32:20

Oh yes, we're good at moaning, and sometimes even tutting.

Echobelly Fri 29-Mar-19 09:32:52

Nope - frankly there should have been weeks of civil unrest but we're British so we'll just grumble and make memes about it.

MullofKintire Fri 29-Mar-19 09:33:42

I am thinking more of younger far right groups

I think that is a concern. BUT I am optimistic that the vast majority of people on both sides of the Brexit divide will not engage with them which means that any impact will be limited.

I am also optimistic that the vast majority of people -again on both sides - are sophisticated enough to see through the 3 second sound bite headlines “ Brexit means Brexit” etc. and will,for the moment, be content to follow events as they unfold. Nothing has yet been decided so it would be premature to take to the barricades!

coffeecoffeecofffee Fri 29-Mar-19 09:35:23

My boyfriends brother just posted on Facebook a very angry post and a tonne of 'leaver' propaganda.

This whole thing is a shambles- out parliament is fucked.grin

I honestly don't see why a third referendum is a bad idea tbh! We know the issues now, let us vote again (can almost guarantee it'll be a 100% tie or Remain majority).

sleepyhead Fri 29-Mar-19 09:39:04

I'm sure they'll be very vocal on social media.

QueenOfTheCroneAge Fri 29-Mar-19 09:40:05

We aren't allowed to vote again and again - that privilege is reserved for Parliament!

Alsonification Fri 29-Mar-19 09:44:42

@QueenOfTheCroneAge
Thanks a mil. She will have a ball I know but that won’t stop me worrying

Springwalk Fri 29-Mar-19 09:55:36

Most leavers are feeling optimistic that we are much closer to leaving in the next few weeks, so no I don't think there will be unrest today, but there will absolutely be incredible unrest by the end of May if we haven't left by then.

Most leavers I know are beyond livid it has taken so long. Patience is wearing thin, and yes civil unrest is very very possible in the next few months, not just in London if brexit is further delayed.

I do not condone violence of any kind and certainly can not support riots, however I can understand the sentiment that if you have done the right thing and voted, and you won the vote, you may reasonably expect that vote to be respected and implemented. If this does not happen and democracy fails, then society is likely to unravel quickly as well. I don't think anyone can be surprised if this happens across the whole of the UK.

QueenKubauOfKish Fri 29-Mar-19 09:58:27

After a huge well-organised rally to support a people's vote, it will look exceptionally pants if leavers try to organise something and it's not as big or descends into chaos.

I mean some people won't care about that obviously and might just want to kick off, but I can see why the leave campaign on the whole are lying relatively low.

Yabbers Fri 29-Mar-19 10:01:19

I do wonder if some pissed off leave voters will be so disappointed and angered, they'll take to the streets - not only in peaceful demos, but actual rioting. Even a small riot can escalate to alarming proportions quite quickly.
I think the whole “we’ll riot if ignored” was a huge red herring and should never have been taken seriously.

Most leavers I know are beyond livid it has taken so long.
Sure. Because leaving a union we’ve been in for decades, which was a part of everything in our economy, and negotiating that with 27 individual countries, none of whom want us to leave, and finding an agreement which suited the electorate all with different reasons for wanting to leave and whom half of never wanted to leave in the first place, was so simple it could be done in a few months.

Or, it was always going to be insanely difficult, if only we’d all been warned of that.....oh hang on, we were but it was ridiculously laughed off as “project fear”

Yabbers Fri 29-Mar-19 10:03:53

it will look exceptionally pants if leavers try to organise something

Like this, you mean?

sagradafamiliar Fri 29-Mar-19 10:05:05

The leave voters I know probably don't even realise that today was 'the day'.

QueenKubauOfKish Fri 29-Mar-19 10:15:35

Yabbers is that Farage, bless! I honestly thought you'd posted a pic from a 1970s sitcom at first!

WattdeEll Fri 29-Mar-19 10:16:44

nah. People can’t be arsed. Worst that can happen is that a collective tut will trigger a minor tsunami off the the Dover coast and end up as a smack of a wave on a French beach.

maddiemookins16mum Fri 29-Mar-19 10:23:52

Nope, I’m more worried about my ASDA delivery coming before MIL comes for lunch (using last day of annual leave before April 1st).

Metalhead Fri 29-Mar-19 10:24:59

Springwalk millions of people do the right thing and vote in every election, yet are often left disappointed when governments backtrack on their election promises, so nothing new there.

QueenOfTheCroneAge Fri 29-Mar-19 10:40:30

It's heartening to read most think nothing major will happen. I understand both sides ire at the way things have gone, hopefully we merely have a Twitterstorm and no physical clashes.

@WattdeEll grin

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