March to Leave

The March to Leave (also known as the Leave Means Leave march[1]) was a 2019 pro-Brexit march organized by Nigel Farage and the Leave Means Leave campaign.[2] The march set off from Sunderland on 16 March 2019,[1] culminating in the Leave Means Leave Rally, a rally in Parliament Square on 29 March, the date Brexit was originally due to occur.[3]

The March to Leave rally in the Parliament Square, 29 March 2019

The march

The march set off from Sunderland on Saturday, 16 March 2019 with roughly 100 marchers heading to Hartlepool led by Farage.[4] Supporters of Leave Means Leave had been asked to pay £50 to sponsor or to join the march from Sunderland to London and it had been claimed that more than 350 people had signed up although only 50 had agreed to walk for the full 14 days.[5] The marchers did not plan to walk the whole route.[5]

At the start of the march, Nigel Farage was quoted as saying "We are here in the very week when parliament is doing its utmost to betray the Brexit result ... It is beginning to look like it doesn’t want to leave and the message from this march is if you think you can walk all over us we will march straight back to you.”[6]

The following day roughly 150 marchers headed to Middlesbrough but Farage did not participate.[2] Farage rejoined the march the following Saturday in Nottinghamshire attended by roughly 200 marchers,[7] drawing unfavourable comparisons to the hundreds of thousands attending the anti-Brexit People's Vote March in London on the same day.[8][9]

The March for Leave then proceeded through Leicestershire and Buckinghamshire with its numbers reduced to around 100.[10][11]

The march was accompanied throughout by an advertising truck displaying anti-Brexit messages paid for by the Led By Donkeys campaign.[12][13]


On 29 March, the march arrived in London, to join the Leave Means Leave rally in Parliament Square.[3] The rally was reported to have attracted "thousands" of supporters.[14][15] The Financial Times quoted their reporter Sebastian Payne as stating that the crowd size was "a couple of thousand".[16] A separate pro-Brexit "Make Brexit Happen" rally, organized by the right-wing UKIP party formerly led by Farage, was also held nearby.[17]


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  14. "MPs abused in street as thousands join Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson rallies". The Independent. 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
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