"His actions have not only cost the railways but also wasted the time of thousands of commuters and vacationers," Dean Percival of the British traffic police said on Thursday's verdict against a particularly aggressive Brexit supporter.
The 44-year-old was sentenced to one-year imprisonment for severely obstructing rail traffic between London and France.
The man had climbed to the roof of a tunnel in front of London's St Pancras Station on 29 March, the original date for the UK's exit from the EU. Thus he brought the traffic of the Eurostar trains through the tunnel under the English Channel for hours to a halt. As ITCV reports online, 88 train connections and 22,000 passengers were affected. The resulting damage amounted to one million pounds.
Once on the roof of the station, Terry M. waved an England flag and walked up and down. He was detained by the police after more than 13 hours, and the operation was complicated for security reasons. The 44-year-old was apparently prepared for a longer stay: M. had a blanket and a power bank for his cell phone. He then told the official, the Daily Telegraph writes that he was upset with the politicians who had "screwed up Brexit".