Tensions ran high in the House of Commons as Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan for the third time.
With Britain set to leave the European Nation by April 12, Members of Parliament are still struggling to come up with a resolution.
But a distraction arrived in the form of semi-nude protestors who descended upon the scene, attempting to shed some light on an important issue with their moon glow.
Vice News said 12 protestors showed up sans clothing amid the Brexit drama on Monday to demonstrate about another matter: climate change.
BREAKING: Extinction Rebellion activists strip off in House of Commons public gallery to call attention to the ‘elephant in the room’ — Climate and Ecological Crisis #ExtinctionRebellion #TellTheTruth @HouseofCommons pic.twitter.com/lzgL8lIwRE
— Extinction Rebellion ????⌛️???? (@ExtinctionR) April 1, 2019
Not only did the environmental warriors ditch almost all of their clothing, but the naked dozen also secured their positions by gluing their hands to the security glass wall in the public gallery.
During the Brexit debate the public gallery of the Commons has been invaded by "climate justice" protesters, naked except for thongs. MPs trying very hard not to look, or not to be seen looking
— Michael Deacon (@MichaelPDeacon) April 1, 2019
“No no, this is how I usually sit with or without naked people in the room” ???? pic.twitter.com/kjep75j4ML
— Evan (@monkib0y) April 1, 2019
The campaigners used their bodies in place of placards to scrawl messages, like “climate justice act now,” “eco-collapse,” “stop wasting time” and “XR.”
One woman addressed the elephant in the room by literally painting her bare breasts with grey paint and added ears and a trunk.
Security removed the protestors 30 minutes after their arrival after they cleared the public gallery of other visitors.
Some of the security personnel had to resort to using soap and water to dislodge protestors’ hands from the glass.
In the all out melt downs of time ever ???? well done them . Jokes will ensue but this is the only issue we can't afford ignore .
— Toria (@toriastweets) April 1, 2019
There are so many bloody Elephants in the room not to mention the Donkeys, Chameleons, Hyenas and Lesser Spotted Splashfarts.
And Norwegian Blue Parrots littering the House floor…@mrjamesob
— Joodi????G ???????? (@JoodiG) April 1, 2019
Tory MP James Heappey commented on the view from the floor, tweeting “Parliament just got a little bit more nuts!”
Parliament just got a little bit more nuts! pic.twitter.com/znZa5AndUu
— James Heappey MP (@JSHeappey) April 1, 2019
All 12 members were arrested for “outraging public decency,” but the demonstration at least sparked a conversation about a topic that needs to be addressed.
Some cooperated with authorities, according to the Mirror, and others, not so much.
Commons security and police had to forcibly carry out one female protestor by all four of her limbs each held by individual guards.
Nothing wrong with a bit of harmless direct action, particularly about a cause so important. #ExtinctionRebellion
— Richard O'Sullivan (@OSullawvan) April 1, 2019
press coverage is the idea, if you do something novel, you're more likely to get the press's attention
— Adam (@Cradacus) April 1, 2019
The demonstration was in response to climate change being “flagrantly and recklessly ignored by our government and media,” according to the group’s statement.
One of the activists, 35-year-old Mark Øvland, said:
“By undressing in parliament, we are putting ourselves in an incredibly vulnerable position, highlighting the vulnerability that all of us share in the face of environmental and societal breakdown.”
Another protestor, a 24-year-old wildlife biologist, Iggy Fox added:
“I’m tired of the time and resources our government wastes rearranging the deckchairs on the Brexitanic.”
“I want a future, and right now they are burning it like there’s no tomorrow.”
Fair play to these guys. A peaceful protest drawing attention to the fact that #Brexit has sucked the oxygen out of the room for almost 3 years! #ClimateChange is a far bigger threat to our future than anything else Parliament is ever likely to debate! @CarolineLucas #GreenParty
— Andrea Collins (@andreavcollins) April 1, 2019
For the remainder of the day, lawmakers resumed with their Brexit debate after the incident. And that’s the bottom line.