‘Boris’ back in Bath for monthly rally

Making an impression in the centre of Bath. Photo © Clive Dellard.

‘Boris Johnson’ took time from his busy hustings schedule in the final days of the Tory Party leadership contest to pay a visit to Bath to confess he’d got Brexit all wrong.

A very special serenade. Photo © Clive Dellard.

At Bath for Europe’s monthly rally and march through the city centre on Sunday 7th July, he performed a musical medley, including ‘Hotel Unicornia’ and ‘Etonian Crapsody’ (no prizes for guessing the original songs). As he sang, ‘Economic forecasts, the pound is on ice/ And what’s worse this shambles is of our own device.’

No, this wasn’t the real Boris Johnson, potential Prime Minister, but Bath for Europe supporter Alan Champneys in a blond wig handing out £350 million notes from the Bank of Brexit Lies to passers-by.

While the real Boris Johnson still insists that, despite warnings from most leading economists and heads of industry, the catastrophic impact of a No Deal exit from the EU has been exaggerated, many local Bath business people have spoken of their concerns about such an outcome https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/what-bath-businesses-fear-most-2929462 

Supporter Livy Leydenfrost addressed the group. She talked about the local and nationwide gains in both council and EU elections for parties who believe the country already has the best deal through its membership of the EU. This had been achieved through tenacity and persistence and she implored people to keep campaigning against the demagogues and the big funders of Brexit, such as Steve Bannon and Arron Banks – ‘Don’t give up – have hope.’

Livy Leydenfrost addresses the group. Photo © Clive Dellard.

In glorious sunshine, the group made a strong impression as it marched through the busy city streets demanding a People’s Vote – a final say on any deal the UK might strike with the EU. The group gathered for a picnic in Queen Square where banners were made for the upcoming march in London on Saturday 20th July.

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Jane Riekemann