English nationalists marched through the city centre today demanding a parliament in York.
Organised by the English Constitution Party, the ‘march for English independence’ saw a group of people waving the flag of St George and calling, ‘York Minster not Westminster’.
The leader of the fledgling party, Graham Moore, told the gathering: “The principle is that the British parliament in Westminster gets shut down, void the Acts of Union, and deploy the English parliament back in York.”
Many in the group wore Donald Trump style ‘MEGA’ baseball caps, standing for ‘Make England Great Again’. One carried a flag with the words ‘Trump Won – I know it, you know it’.
The march, watched by a low-key police presence, went along Parliament Street, Blake Street, across Lendal Bridge, under the city walls and into the Leeman Road Memorial Gardens.
Although the city was busy with bank holiday crowds, the procession caused few problems. Police stopped traffic to allow the demonstrators through.
At the park, Mr Moore gave a speech, saying that “the British project onto the English racism and all these terrible things”.
But his party didn’t discriminate. “We stand up as white, brown and black, as working class people and take this country back off of them.”
In his speech, he called for higher pensions for all. And he was critical of immigration policies.
“Our English Channel has not been defended against an invasion. You got people sleeping on park benches in this country.
“And these people are coming across in dinghies being put up in four and five star hotels being fed three times a day and getting a bed for the night and they’re still complaining.”
The march passed off peacefully.