Around 15,000 counter-protesters took to the streets to oppose the “Brexit Betrayal” led by Tommy Robinson and the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), a Momentum spokeswoman told the Press Association.
The “Brexit Betrayal” took aim at Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed deal to withdraw from the European Union, which protesters say doesn’t reflect the will of the people.
Here at the ‘Brexit betrayal’ march is a man holding a noose. He gave his name as Laukan Creasey, from Stevenage. I asked why he was carrying it. ‘That’s what the traitor May deserves. That’s what treasonous people get,’ he said. pic.twitter.com/ModEM8bj4h
It was Robinson’s first major demonstration since his release from prison in October. His latest completed sentence, after having been arrested numerous time for charges ranging from leading public brawls at political rallies, assaulting a police officer, headbutting a counter protester, and using a false passport; was for a contempt of court charge in July for leaking information about an ongoing rape trial.
Far-right activists rallied around Robinson during his imprisonment, saying he was an innocent victim of a British government plot to silence him.
In November he became the political adviser to UKIP leader, Gerard Batten. His appointment sparked a wave of resignations from the party, including Brexiter Nigel Farage.
"The very idea of Tommy Robinson being at the centre of the Brexit debate is too awful to contemplate," Farage wrote in the Daily Telegraph.