We need the politics of “hope” not “despair” say protesters at Parliament Square
The conservative government is refusing to take responsibility for the economic downfall of the country and blaming immigration, said Movement For Justice campaigners at Westminster today.
Protests have been taking place outside the Supreme Court building since Monday as the four-day hearing decides who has the authority to start the Brexit process by triggering article 50 of the Lisbon treaty which officially starts the formal process of the UK leaving the EU.
The hearing, a legal case launched by investment manager Gina Miller, 51, is a highly controversial case that’s to decide the country’s future direction.
Ms Miller argued that, under EU law, only Parliament could make a decision leading to the loss of her "rights" and that the current Tory government could not invoke Article 50 without seeking approval from Parliament.
Three London law firms, Mishcon de Reya, Edwin Coe and Bindmans , agreed to take up the case and, for the first time, 11 justices are sitting together to hear the government’s appeal after a lower court decided parliament had to give its approval before the government could initiate the process.
“I don’t think the government really knows what on earth it’s doing, but it’s going to try and push through some kind of fait accompli’ and it’s going to go in such a negative direction. It needs to stop,” said Antonia Bright, spokesperson for Movement for Justice.
Movement for Justice, a campaign group set up in the mid-nineties in the London Borough of Camden to tackle racism in institutional and established forms, confronted organised fascism, death in custody as well as racial discrimination against refugees and asylum seekers.
“We need the politics of hope not the politics of despair, which Brexit represents. It is despair," said Ms Bright who also added:
"For us, the direction in which Brexit takes the society is down the path of more racism and fascism and that is the danger of it, regardless of how people voted or whether they consider themselves racist or not racist."
Campaigners have called for the government to “stop scapegoating immigrants” and are hoping that parliament will be able to put an end to Brexit which, they believe, is a real threat to the UK's values of freedom of speech and equality.
They are also appealing to all those who want a fairer and more progressive society to be united and fight back against racism and austerity.
“You’ve got to come out. We have to mobilize the anti-racist movement and it’s got to come out onto our streets,” said Miss Bright
“That is the only real way to fight austerity and it is the only real way to take the society in a direction that’s positive and that really develops equality and respects everyone’s rights,” she added.