Ukip supporters celebrate Brexit Day in Dagenham pub
PUBLISHED: 17:35 30 March 2017
Beers, cheers and Union Jacks filled a pub in Dagenham as pro-leave supporters celebrated on Brexit Day.
Ukip members, campaigners and supporters gathered at the Eastbrook, in Dagenham Road, to celebrate Article 50 being triggered, nine months after the country voted to leave the EU.
Barking and Dagenham Ukip chair, Peter Harris, said: “It’s a chance to celebrate, have a beer and mark what we’ve been fighting over 20 years for.
“This will go down in history as one of the significant moments that has changed the course of history.
“It should have been triggered a long long time ago, but this is a memorable day for our country.”
He also thanked everyone who showed up for their support and efforts throughout the whole EU referendum campaign.
“I’m very proud that Barking and Dagenham is one of only five London boroughs that did vote leave,” he said.
“People will now see, even those that voted remain, that this country is a great country and will thrive once again.
“I think the Brexit vote will mean there will be great opportunities for the young generations to come.”
Peter also went on to discuss his hopes for Brexit, which is set to take another two years to be officially completed.
“We haven’t left Europe, we have simply left the bureaucratic, unelected, faceless body, that have been dictating us,” he said.
“We love Europe, we want to be friends with them and we want to trade with them still.”
Dee Hunt, who was elected as a Labour councillor in 2010 but defected to Ukip, said: “It’s wonderful, this is what we’ve been working towards.
“Personally, I don’t think it will change much.”
Supporters also sang praise on the celebrations.
Steve Beal, 66, of Luke Allsopp Square, Dagenham, said: “Finally the day has come, it was a lot of hard work, but so worth it.
“I have 11 grandchildern and think we will be better off without it and we will being getting our country back.”
Michael Hayes, 52, added: “It has taken far too long, when I put my cross down in the box, I expected Article 50 to be triggered the next day.
“I never signed up to the EU, so I find it quite downing that we had to vote to get out of it.”
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