Channel 4's Jon Snow on Brexit protesters: 'I've never seen so many white people in one place'

Greg Evans
Saturday 30 March 2019 09:30
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March 29, 2019, will probably go down as one of the most surreal and embarrassing days in British political history, as there were baffling scenes both inside and outside of parliament.

As MPs voted again to defeat Theresa May's deal, which has now been rejected three times, both pro and anti-Brexit demonstrators gathered in Westminster on what should have been the day the UK left the EU.

Hoards of people shouting about Brexit outside of parliament isn't anything unusual but, on Friday, they were predominantly represented by UKIP supporters and Tommy Robinson followers, the latter of which was given a podium in Whitehall to spout his anti-Islam rhetoric.

This resulted in Westminster being awash with purple UKIP flags and yellow vests, which were being brandished and worn by an angry bunch who weren't exactly diverse in their number.

Trying to sum up the scene, Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, who was broadcasting from the location, tried to sum up the sights he had seen on Friday and only one word came to mind: "White".

We've just got these pictures in which were taken nearby. Police are now wearing riot gear. Police dogs are patrolling. The mood has changed.

We cannot confirm whether any arrests have been made.

It has been the most extraordinary day. I have never seen so many white people in one place... it's an extraordinary story, there are people everywhere.

Footage of Snow's apt conclusion to Friday's broadcast soon went viral on Twitter and it divided a lot of people. Firstly, here are those that agreed with him.

And here are those that thought it was a little too close to the bone (Yes, Julia Hartley-Brewer is one of them).

Out of the thousands of protestors that descended upon the capital yesterday, five were reportedly arrested, two on suspicion of assault, one on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and another for assaulting a police officer.

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