Anti-EU protesters have staged a protest outside the BBC’s headquarters in Salford.
Over a dozen people attended the anti-EU gathering in protest against the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement.
The protest came at the end of a week where Prime Minister Theresa May deferred the vote on that agreement to January, and then successfully fought off a vote of no confidence from her MPs, but by a smaller margin than expected.
Rob Butler, organiser of the event, said he did so because ‘my country is being humiliated’ and the government’s approach ‘lacks basic negotiation tactics’.
He also described the European Union as ‘technocratic’ and ‘anti-democratic’ and said ‘they run rough-shod over people not just in the UK but across Europe.’
And on choosing the BBC as the location of the protest, he alleged that they were ‘part of the establishment’ and that their coverage of Brexit was ‘biased towards the EU’ and ‘ignored ordinary people’.
The BBC responded in a statement by saying:
“The BBC continues to report Brexit impartially and features a wide range of different perspectives across our news coverage. Our journalists report independently and without fear or favour. It is one of the reasons why the public trusts the BBC more than any other source of news.”
Mr. Butler explained that he was ‘not speaking on behalf of Leave Means Leave’ and that, contrary to that group’s mission, he ‘would prefer a deal’.
But, in the event of a No Deal, he affirmed that ‘World Trade Organisation rules shouldn’t hold any fear’ for the UK.
The Government’s own economic forecasts, published recently, suggested that a No Deal would reduce Britain’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) by 9.3% 15 years after leaving the EU, much more than any other deal.
Some of the other protesters also gave their view on why they had attended and what they thought about this week’s events.