Thousands of people have turned out for two rival protest marches in central London.

Ukip organised a “Brexit Betrayal” march against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Deal, which included leader Gerard Batten and the party’s new adviser Tommy Robinson. The the former English Defence League leader is also known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

Their march was countered by an anti-fascist demonstration organised by Stand Up To Racism.

Tommy Robinson, Ukip’s new adviser, was on the march (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Robinson was surrounded by supporters and Ukip and Union flags (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Ukip leader Gerard Batten (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Theresa May was branded a traitor by many on the march (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Those on the march are unhappy with the Prime Minister’s deal (Gareth Fuller/PA)
The protesters are happy for the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal (Gareth Fuller/PA)
Anger was palpable among those marching (Gareth Fuller/PA)

But there was also a counter-demonstration that was bigger than the Brexit march.

The march accused Robinson of racism and creating division (Victoria Jones/PA)
There was a large police presence to keep the two protests apart(Victoria Jones/PA)
The counter demonstration had larger numbers (Victoria Jones/PA)
EU flags were being waved in the alternative march (Victoria Jones/PA)
Signs celebrating diversity were also held aloft (Victoria Jones/PA)
Others were calling for a referendum now that the Prime Minister has agreed her deal (Victoria Jones/PA)

Despite efforts to keep the two groups of protesters apart, clashes did break out.

Rival protesters clash in Trafalgar Square (Victoria Jones/PA)
Police officers holding truncheons attempted to keep the crowds under control (Victoria Jones/PA)
Officers were quick to clamp down on any skirmishes (Victoria Jones/PA)
Robinson addressed the Ukip-organised rally after it ended (Gareth Fuller/PA)


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