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Protesters disrupt Brexit debate by baring bottoms over inaction on climate change

The naked truth': Extinction Rebellion members bared all in order to focus MPs on the threat of climate change. Photo: Twitter/James Heappey MP
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While some view the British parliament as a symbol of political stasis since the 2016 Brexit referendum, other Brits have utilised Westminster’s symbolic power to press – literally and figuratively – for faster action on climate change.

On Monday, members of climate change action group Extinction Rebellion stripped half-naked in the House of Common’s glass-walled public gallery during a Brexit debate, and some appeared to have glued themselves to the glass.

As MPs started yet another day of lengthy debate on how or even whether the country should leave the European Union, 14 protesters stripped to their underpants to show slogans painted on their backs, including: “Climate justice now”.

Members of the Metropolitan Police questioned the protesters after their action.

Several MPs could not stop themselves from looking up towards the public gallery, some giggling as Labour MP Peter Kyle tried to defend his bid to force the government to stage a confirmatory vote on its Brexit deal by pointing out what he called the “naked truth”.

Nuala Lam, an Extinction Rebellion member who was present during the protest but didn’t directly participate, told British radio station talkRADIO that MPs stifled laughter as police cleared out the public gallery.

“I think they [the protesters] handled it very calmly,” Ms Lam said.

She confirmed that more acts of civil disobedience would occur in the lead up to the group’s ‘International Rebellion’ on climate change inaction slated for April 15.

In the moments afterward, numerous people took to Twitter to poke fun at a parliament that has otherwise been considered stale and mired in a prolonged Brexit debate.

This week, British House of Commons MPs will attempt another vote on Brexit options.

-with Reuters