Chaotic scenes as Nigel Farage leads ‘Brexit betrayal’ march

There were chaotic scenes as a march led by Nigel Farage left Sunderland in order to protest against a perceived Brexit "betrayal".

The March to Leave set off from the North East city on Saturday morning, and will make its way over to London over a 14-day period, arriving in the capital on March 29, where a mass rally will take place on Parliament Square.

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HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage reacts as he arrives at the end of the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Hartlepool, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
Nigel Farage (centre) at Easington Colliery during The March to Leave protest which set off from Sunderland on Saturday morning, and will make its way to London over a 14-day period, arriving in the capital on March 29, where a mass rally will take place on Parliament Square.
Nigel Farage (centre right) at Easington Colliery during The March to Leave protest which set off from Sunderland on Saturday morning, and will make its way to London over a 14-day period, arriving in the capital on March 29, where a mass rally will take place on Parliament Square.
Nigel Farage (left) at Easington Colliery during The March to Leave protest which set off from Sunderland on Saturday morning, and will make its way to London over a 14-day period, arriving in the capital on March 29, where a mass rally will take place on Parliament Square.
Nigel Farage at Easington Colliery during The March to Leave protest which set off from Sunderland on Saturday morning, and will make its way to London over a 14-day period, arriving in the capital on March 29, where a mass rally will take place on Parliament Square.
HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage enjoys a pint with fellow walkers as they arrive at the end of the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Hartlepool, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage enjoys a pint with fellow walkers as they arrive at the end of the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Hartlepool, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage enjoys a pint with fellow walkers as they arrive at the end of the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Hartlepool, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage reacts as he arrives at the end of the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Hartlepool, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage reacts as he arrives at the end of the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Hartlepool, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
HARTLEPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage reacts as he arrives at the end of the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Hartlepool, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SEAHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage pays his respects to the Tommy statue at Seham as he takes part in the 'March to Leave' walk from the Port of Sunderland on March 16, 2019 in Seaham, England. The 'March to Leave' walk will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union.(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
SEAHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage takes part in the 'March to Leave' walk from the Port of Sunderland on March 16, 2019 in Seaham, England. The 'March to Leave' walk will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union.(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
SEAHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage takes part in the 'March to Leave' walk from the Port of Sunderland on March 16, 2019 in Seaham, England. The 'March to Leave' walk will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union.(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
SEAHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage takes part in the 'March to Leave' walk from the Port of Sunderland on March 16, 2019 in Seaham, England. The 'March to Leave' walk will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union.(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
SEAHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage addresses marchers from the top deck of an open top pro-Brexit bus during the 'March to Leave' walk from the Port of Sunderland on March 16, 2019 in Seaham, England. The 'March to Leave' walk will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
EASINGTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Leave means Leave supporters march during the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Easington, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
EASINGTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage leads Leave means Leave supporters walk during the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Easington, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
EASINGTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Marchers continue their walk during the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Easington, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
EASINGTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Marchers continue their walk during the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Easington, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
EASINGTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage continues his walk during the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Easington, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
EASINGTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage leads Leave means Leave supporters walk during the first leg of the March to Leave campaign on March 16, 2019 in Easington, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
EASINGTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Marchers on the first leg of the March to Leave campaign walk past a sign placed along the route by members of the People's Vote group on March 16, 2019 in Easington, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a journey over 14 stages with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Andrea Jenkyns MP takes a picture as she stands with Kate Hoey MP on the Leave Means Leave bus as marchers halt at the half way point on the first stage of the March to Leave demonstration on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a 14 stage journey with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A man pulls a Save Our Sovereignty cart during the first leg of the March to Leave demonstration on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a 14 stage journey with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Marchers take part in the first leg of the March to Leave demonstration on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a 14 stage journey with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Marchers take part in the first leg of the March to Leave demonstration on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a 14 stage journey with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SEAHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage (C) takes part in the 'March to Leave' walk from the Port of Sunderland on March 16, 2019 in Seaham, England. The 'March to Leave' walk will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A marcher sets off at the start of the first leg of the March to Leave demonstration on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a 14 stage journey with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Anti Brexit stickers are seen on the sign of a minibus during the first leg of the March to Leave demonstration on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a 14 stage journey with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Kate Hoey MP (R) and Andrea Jenkyns MP join the March to Leave demonstration on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a 14 stage journey with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Nigel Farage MEP leads off on the first leg of the March to Leave demonstration on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The first leg between Sunderland and Hartlepool marks the start of a 14 stage journey with those marching expecting to arrive in London on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. The march is organised by the Leave means Leave protest group and gives supporters an opportunity to demonstrate their discontent with the way they see Brexit has been handled. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: A Vote Leave supporter holds up a blue UK passport in Grangetown, near Sunderland, at the beginning of the 'March to Leave' walk from the Port of Sunderland on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The 'March to Leave' walk will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - MARCH 16: Pro-EU supporters gather in Grangetown, near Sunderland, at the beginning of a 'March to Leave' walk from the Port of Sunderland on March 16, 2019 in Sunderland, England. The 'March to Leave' walk will make its way to London in 14 stages arriving on March 29, the original date for the UK to leave the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Leading hundreds of people in the protest, Nigel Farage said: "The will of the people is very clear.

"If you see what has been happening in Parliament this week, we may well not be leaving the EU.

"If politicians think they can walk all over us, then we're going to march back and tell them they can't. Simple as that."

The event has been arranged by the Leave Means Leave campaign, and will proceed towards Hartlepool on Saturday, a trip of around 20 miles, before proceeding on to Middlesbrough on Sunday.

The campaign's website says tickets to be "core marchers", who pay £50 to get fully-paid accommodation, breakfast and dinner for the duration of the 14-day event, have sold out.

Angry rows broke out as the march started, with several counter-protesters assembling in order to get their views across.

They were carrying love hearts bearing messages like "we love workers' rights" and "we love to have a say", but some marchers responded by calling them "EU money grabbers".

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A pro European Union demonstrator releases flares as the march kicks off (Frank Augstein/AP)

The counter-protesters were also told to respect the 2016 referendum result, with one man waving a fake blue passport in their direction.

As Mr Farage arrived, a flare was set off with the EU colours, with shouts of "exit Brexit" emanating form the counter-protesters.

It is understood that two advertising vans, made by the anti-Brexit grassroots campaign Led By Donkeys, will also be following the march.

Barry Lockey, who arrived in Sunderland carrying a flag with the message "Get Britain out: Time to leave the EU", said that the event is about supporting democracy.

He said: "The democracy in the Parliament building has been spot on. They've got their no-deal taken off the table by four votes."

Mr Lockey pointed out that this margin was much smaller than the 4% margin of victory during the EU referendum, which he said is now being discredited.

He added: "I'm sorry, but that really riles me. And they're not going to get away with it.

"They're going to get kicked out, them people, and they're an absolute damned disgrace."

In contrast, one counter-protester told the Press Association "it's going to be a disaster if we leave."

Frank Hindle, 66, said: "We're here to point out that not everybody agrees with this crowd, who think it's going to be wonderful if we leave."

Discussing the no-deal Brexit that many of the marchers are calling for, he said: "The impact that will have on businesses and on prices, and on the availability of things like medicines and so forth, it doesn't bear thinking about."

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