London protest against 'ugly' Brexit campaigns

London rally

A rally has been arranged to protest against Brexit and how some feel politics has failed them.

The **** Brexit Rally takes place in London on Saturday but isn't quite as anti-leave as the name suggests.

Journalist Billie JD Porter arranged the event in response to the referendum result and the tone of the campaigns.

Leave won by 52% to 48%. The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting.

Anti-leave protestors on 24 June

The 24-year-old hopes the rally outside the Houses of Parliament will start conversations among disillusioned young people just like her.

"Politicians are shouting and ramming statistics down people's throats," Billie tells Newsbeat.

"It has divided the country and had people booing and hissing at each other."

Billie JD Porter
Image caption Billie's "quite scared" after the UK voted to leave the EU

Billie says she hopes to attract politically-minded young people who have yet to channel their interest into what's happening in the UK.

"Young people these days are so globalised by the internet," she says.

"They feel plugged into the rest of the world but not necessarily their own country.

She adds: "I'd like to start a conversation between people who can help and start thinking collectively about how we can react to a decision that is quite scary.

"I'm quite scared."

Girl anti-leave protestor
Image caption Not a Farage fan then?

Billie has seen huge interest in the event since setting it up on Facebook and people have confessed to a lack of confidence when it came to casting their vote.

"The overwhelming response I've seen is that young people don't think their votes matter," she says.

"One person tweeted me saying he didn't vote because he had faith in his country making the right decisions for him.

"That's young people thinking that adults know better than they do.

We feel weird, we feel angry and we feel under-represented
Billie, 24
Anti-leave protestor

"We're so disengaged and we're not reflected in politics at all. I feel completely misrepresented."

Billie tells Newsbeat she named the event as a response to the leaders of the #Leave campaign, saying they "fostered a really ugly side of people."

Despite the aggressive name, she hopes the event will be calm, measured and the start of a wider conversation.

"We feel weird, we feel angry and we feel under-represented," she says.

"Let's just meet up and talk about it.

"I don't want people to be ashamed if they didn't vote, I just want them to come.

"I felt like it was worth me standing up and giving it a go."

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