LONDON / BELFAST (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the European Union marched through London on Saturday in…
LONDON / BELFAST (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the European Union marched through London on Saturday in the biggest demonstration so far to demand that the British government holds a public vote on the terms of Brexit.
The protesters waved the blue and gold flag of the EU and held up “Bollocks to Brexit” banners under sunny skies to call for another referendum on the eventual deal on how Britain will leave the world’s largest trading bloc.
The march comes after another tumultuous week for Prime Minister Theresa May in which she failed to agree a divorce deal with EU leaders in Brussels and infuriated members of her own party by making further concessions in the talks.
Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the European Union marched through London on Saturday to demand that the British government holds a public vote on the terms of Brexit.
With just about five months until Britain is due to leave there is no clearness about what a future trade deal with the EU will look like and some rebels in May’s Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one. 1
9659002] James McGrory, one of the organizers of the march, said voters should have the chance to change their minds because the decision will impact their lives for generations.
“People think the Brexit negotiations are a total mess, they have no
At the march, demonstrators carried placards saying “Brexit is pants”, “Time for an EU turn” and “European” and proud. “
Organizers said about 700,000 people took part in the march, which would make it the largest in Britain since a demonstration against the Iraq war in 2003.
Barcroft Media via Getty Images
An estimated 700,000 people took part in the march, which would make it the largest in Britain since a demonstration against the Iraq war in 2003.
The People’s Vote campaign, which includes several pro-EU groups, said they had stewards stationed at regular intervals to estimate the size of the crowd.
The protesters originally gathered near Hyde Park and then walked past Downing Street and finished outside parliament where they listened to politicians from all main political parties.
Britain’s 2016 referendum saw 52 percent vote in favor of leaving the European Union.
Noen opinionsundersøgelser har vist en svag forandring i favour of remaining in the European Union, but there has yet to be a decisive change in attitudes and many in Britain say they have become increasingly bored by Brexit.
The prime minister has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum. The opposition Labor party’s Brexit spokesman said last month his party open for a second referendum with the option of staying in the bloc in certain circumstances.
Barcroft Media via Getty Images
Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly ruled out holding a second referendum.
Brendan Heading, a 39-year-old IT worker, said he was worried the decision to leave the EU would damage the economy and could lead to the break up of the United Kingdom.
“I feel that Brexit threatens prosperity and stability,” he said. “People should have the opportunity to vote for an alternative based on what we now know.”
Brexit supporters held their own rally in the town of Harrogate in the north of England.
Richard Tice, Vice-Chairman of Leave Means Leave and one of the speakers at the event, described the people on the march in London as “losers”
“We had a vote, we voted to leave, the idea to have a second referendum would be incredibly damaging,” he said.
“People need to be under no illusions as to how people feel about what is a significant potential for total betrayal of democracy in this country. “