Hastings & St. Leonards on-line community newspaper

march main

Hastings banner hoisted on anti-Brexit march

A Hastings contingent, complete with banner, was among those who joined the Unite for Europe march in London last Saturday. The photo was sent to HOT by Stewart Rayment.

Tens of thousands took part in the march, according to the BBC. Their call for Britain to remain in the European Union coincided with the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which founded the EU’s forerunner, the European Economic Community.

A minute’s silence to remember the victims of the Westminster attack was held ahead of speeches at a rally in Parliament Square.

The rally was addressed by ex-Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell, the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Labour MP David Lammy and Green co-leader Jonathan Bartley, among others.

Today, Wednesday 29 March, Prime Minister Theresa May will activate article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, triggering the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.



If you’re enjoying HOT and would like us to continue providing fair and balanced reporting on local matters please consider making a donation. Click here to open our PayPal donation link.

Thank you for your continued support!

Posted 13:24 Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 In: Campaigns


Please read our comment guidelines before posting on HOT

  1. DAR

    Hastings voted 56% Leave, 44% Remain. I’m sure anyone can check this figure with the Electoral Reform people or any relevant website. Agree with Mattie/Paul P./Mrs D. Yes, it’s not surprising that a majority in Hastings, with very particular fishing concerns (let alone anything else), voted Leave. Now we need to re-establish our territorial waters and get out of the EU Common Fisheries tragedy asap.

    Comment by DAR — Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 @ 13:33

  2. Nick Terdre


    I’m happy to publish your comment but it would be better if you backed up your figure. Can you provide the source?

    Nick Terdre

    Comment by Nick Terdre — Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 @ 09:47

  3. Ms. Doubtfire

    Hastings voted by a majority of over 4000 to leave the EU – so get over it – it was a democractic vote. Stop marching and shouting. It’s not constructive.

    Comment by Ms. Doubtfire — Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 @ 08:40

  4. Paul Power

    It is a great pity that these people will not respect a democratic vote. The politicians only have their positions because of democratic vote and they should be ashamed of themselves for taking part in this undemoncratic farce. Over 17 million voters believe that Great Britain will prosper outside of the EU.

    Comment by Paul Power — Thursday, Mar 30, 2017 @ 06:23

  5. Stewart Rayment

    Whatever the Brexit Broadcasting Corporation may say, over 100,000 people were on the March.

    Comment by Stewart Rayment — Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 @ 22:28

  6. Mattie

    I’d really love it if HOT could include some stories explaining why Hastings chose to vote overwhelmingly to leave the EU. I think it would help some people understand the devastating impact EU fisheries policy has had on this town – the devastating impact on the community, on families, on our economic prosperity. It suits some people’s agendas to frame this as a backwards vote. It’s not a vote against “Europe”, it’s a vote against an undemocratic bureaucracy which redistributes less money than it takes, and which enables the exploitation of low paid workers. On a slightly spurious level, in reference to the photo, I’m not sure Hastings has “loved” Europe since 1066 (Norman invasion anyone?), but let’s not let the facts get in the way of a catchy slogan. I imagine attitudes would be very different if EU regulations had curbed the ability of artists, for example, to determine their own policies and practices.

    Comment by Mattie — Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017 @ 21:05

Leave a comment

(no more than 350 words)

Also in: Campaigns

More HOT Stuff

    HOT is run by volunteers but has overheads for hosting and web development. Support HOT!


    Advertise your business or your event on HOT for as little as £20 per month
    Find out more…


    If you like HOT and want to keep it sustainable, please Donate via PayPal, it’s easy!


    Do you want to write, proofread, edit listings or help sell advertising? then contact us

  • Subscribe to HOT