ON THE DAY Boris Johnson called on the country to come together and heal from the divisions of Brexit, hundreds of left-wing activists took to the streets to participate in angry protests against the Conservative Party’s landslide election majority.
Furious clashes between Remainers and Brexiteers broke out in London after left-wing activists took to the streets. Protesters marched on Downing Street and across central London chanting “not my Prime Minister” in anger at the Parliamentary majority secured by Mr Johnson. The 2019 election results saw the Tories win a majority of 80 seats in the House of Commons, their best result since the 1980s.
Boris Johnson vowed to repay Brexiteers trust after being re-elected as Prime Minister with a 365-seat Government. The Prime Minister went on to plead with Remainers to “find closure” with Brexit in a hope to unite the UK.
In a statement, Mr Johnson said: “This morning I went to Buckingham Palace and I am forming a new Government and people will arrive at Westminster to form a new Parliament.
“I am proud to say that members of our One Nation Government, a people’s Government, will set out plans for constituencies who have never returned a Conservative MP for 100 years.
“We will have an overwhelming mandate because of this election to get Brexit done and we will honour that mandate by January 31.
“In this moment of national resolution, I want to speak to those who voted for us for the first time.”
He told Remain voters he wanted them to know a “One Nation” Conservative Government would “never ignore” the “positive feelings of warmth and sympathy towards the other nations of Europe”.
However, despite the Prime Minister’s pleas for unity, videos have surfaced online of protesters gathering across London.
Many videos have shown clashes and loud chanting as protesters confront the police attempting to maintain the large groups of people.
Protesters can be seen holding signs saying “defy Tory rule” and “no to Boris Johnson”.
Transport for London posted on Twitter: “Whitehall is closed both ways from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square” as certain areas become overrun with protesters.
Early reports have suggested altercations between Remainers and Brexiteers has also occurred amidst the chaos.
Large anti-Boris Johnson protests have occurred outside of London as well.
Protesters have amassed in Glasgow chanting “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here”.
Protests are expected to erupt in Leeds in on Saturday at midday to march against Boris Johnson.
Leeds Stand up to Racism are asking people to gather in Dortmund Square outside the St John’s centre on Saturday.
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The anti-racism group said: “We can not have him as Prime Minister for the next five years.”
Some Twitter users have also questioned whether those insisting that Boris Johnson “is not their Prime Minister” are in favour of democracy.
One commented: “But he is their PM… but then they don’t want a democracy, do they.”
Michael Ball simply put: “What a bunch of sore losers, they are such an embarrassment.”
Another added: “There is something kinda weird about protesting democratic results that have literally just happened. It’s over guys”.