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British residents take to the streets of Malaga to say no to Brexit

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One of the protesters makes his point in Malaga on Sunday. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ

  • Protesters came from as far away as the Alpujarras and Almuñécar in Granada province to take part

Sunday's anti-Brexit demonstration in Malaga city centre attracted scores of Brits and Spaniards from across Malaga province as well as people from Granada, Seville and Cadiz.

Some 277 people signed a petition to ask the UK and Spanish governments to guarantee rights of Britons living and Spain and Spanish citizens living in the UK post-Brexit.

Lynn Davis travelled down to Malaga from Capileira in the Alpujarras in Granada province. She left home at 6.30am, travelling via Órgiva and Granada.

"I went to the London demonstration in March so I thought, if I can make it to London, I can get to Malaga," she said. Lynn was carrying a banner with the names of 25 fellow Brits who live in the area who were also supporting the demonstration and are "worried about Brexit".

Rick and Angela Crocker travelled from Alcaucín along with their friend Karin Vine. They said they wanted to attend as they all "feel strongly about Brexit". The Crockers have owned property in the Axarquía village for three years and say they are "lifelong pro-Europeans".

They added that they haven't had the chance to go to London for any of the protests though they said it was "nice to be able to attend the Malaga protest".

Dressing up

Angela, who is an artist, had made herself a special EU outfit including a blue felt hat with yellow stars at the top for the occasion.

For Verena, a language teacher who lives in Coín, freedom of movement is the thing she is most worried about post Brexit. "My mother is German, my father is Irish and I have lived all over Europe," she said.

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There were speeches from British residents in the province, Henny Rodenhauser, John Wood and Michael Soffe, who are part of the team of people organising the event.

"It's really important that we're here to show our support to the Spanish who are living in the UK and to be seen and heard here in the city of Malaga," said Soffe.

Referendum hopes

"We are the people whose lives are affected most by a possible hard Brexit and 39 months on we still have no idea what's happening," he added, although he said he believes there will eventually be another referendum.

Henny led the demonstrators in singing anti-Brexit songs, including 'We're Singing to Bremain' to the tune of Singing in the Rain; 'The Wheels on the Deals have Fallen Off' to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus; and 'What shall we do with Boris Johnson?' to the tune of What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?

Messages of support

Henny also read out a number of messages of support the demonstration in Malaga had received from a number of senior UK politicians including Hilary Benn MP, Lord Teverson and Chris Leslie MP.

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At 1.45pm the demonstrators left Plaza de la Constitución and walked down Calle Larios to Plaza de la Marina, carrying banners as well as EU, Spanish and UK flags. Slogans, many of them in Spanish, included "Better Together, Brexit No", "Brexit is for Dummies" and "Boris Out".

Passers-by stopped to take photos and offer their support for the cause and the protest attracted a number of people of different nationalities who were visiting Malaga city centre for the day.

For Verena, a language teacher who lives in Coín, freedom of movement is the thing she is most worried about post Brexit. “My mother is German, my father is Irish and I have lived all over Europe,” she said.

There were speeches from British residents in the province, Henny Rodenhauser, John Wood and Michael Soffe who are part of the team of people organising the event. Henny led the demonstrators in singing anti-Brexit songs, including “We’re singing to Bremain” to the tune of Singing in the Rain; “The wheels on the deals have fallen off” to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus and “What shall we do with Boris Johnson” to the tune of What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor?

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Henny also read out a number of messages of support the demonstration had received from a number of senior UK politicians including Hilary Benn, Lord Teverson and Chris Leslie MP.

At 1.45pm the demonstrators left Plaza de la Constitución and walked down Calle Larios to Plaza Marina, carrying banners as well as EU, Spanish and UK flags. Passers-by stopped to take photos and offer their support for the cause and the protest attracted a number of people of different nationalities who were visiting Malaga city centre for the day.