A mother of four from Ushaw Moor, County Durham in North East England, has gone viral. Pauline Hardman’s tweet was ‘liked’ by some 20 000 people after declaring she would visit London for the first time, to attend The People’s Vote March: Together for the Final Say on Saturday [19/10/19].
Pauline, who did not vote in the 2016 referendum due to illness, will be on board one of over 40 coaches leaving the North of England for the capital. She is marching because she is worried the North East ‘will be hit first and hardest,’ because she wants ‘more opportunity for my children,’ and to challenge the northern caricature of people’s opinions on Brexit.
Pauline Hardman said: “On Saturday, I'm going to London for the first time in my life, to join the People's Vote march for a Final Say. Like many thousands of people in the North East, I want a better future and more opportunity for my children, and I don't think it's right people like Boris Johnson get to force a damaging Brexit on this country without the people being given the final say.”
Pauline added: "We didn't talk about politics in my family growing up, we just didn't feel it was our place to but the referendum has changed all that. People in mining villages like mine are getting more and more worried about the damage Brexit will cause. We can see it's a million miles from what was promised back in 2016. Now we know this matters and we want to have our say.”
"If you read the newspapers, you'd think that everyone in the North East thinks exactly the same way, that we all want Brexit whatever the cost, but that's not what I hear when I speak to my neighbours and friends. We know the facts of Brexit now. We know the damage it will cause, and we know our part of the country will be hit first and hardest. The more we learn about Brexit, the more I see people changing their minds."
"The will of the people isn't something that was set in 2016 and will never change again, and the views of people in the mining villages of the North East shouldn't be defined by what you read in the papers. That's why thousands of us will take to the streets in London on Saturday, and I'm proud to be one of them."
Government reports show that both No Deal and Johnson’s proposed plan will hit the North East hardest due to a heavy reliance on manufacturing and exports into Europe. There will be an 11% drop in the value of goods produced if a No Deal and a 6% drop with Johnson’s new proposal. Johnson’s proposals, according to the Government’s own figures, would see wages go down by over 6% costing every single person several thousand pounds.
People can still sing up to join the march and find out more about coaches setting off for the capital by visiting www.peoples-vote.uk
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