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Brexit debate in the streets of London: tens of thousands march for, and against leaving the EU

Monday, June 25th 2018 - 08:39 UTC
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The protest is part of a “summer of action” by campaign groups designed to increase pressure on Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn. The protest is part of a “summer of action” by campaign groups designed to increase pressure on Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.
Pro-Brexit demonstrators chanted “we want our country back” and: “What do we want? Brexit. When do we want it? Now” Pro-Brexit demonstrators chanted “we want our country back” and: “What do we want? Brexit. When do we want it? Now”

Tens of thousands of people have marched on Saturday in central London to demand a final vote on any UK exit deal, on the second anniversary of the Brexit vote. Organizers of the People's Vote march say Brexit is “not a done deal” and people must “make their voices heard”. Meanwhile, hundreds attended a pro-Brexit counter-protest. It came as senior Cabinet ministers, including Liam Fox and David Davis, insisted the UK is prepared to walk away from talks without an agreement.

The protest is part of a “summer of action” by campaign groups designed to increase pressure on Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn.

Organizers said that at least 100.000 people attended the march. There were boos from the crowd as the march approached Downing Street. After showing anger towards the PM, some began to chant “where's Jeremy Corbyn?”

Among those addressing the demonstrators was Gina Miller, who successfully campaigned to ensure the UK could not trigger talks on leaving without the approval of Parliament.

She said: “Together we must stand up, demand our voices are heard, demand a people's vote so that future generations can hear us say we did our bit we stood up and shouted for a country that's together, kinder, tolerant.

”This is not a time to be silent.“

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said Brexit was ”not a done deal“ and could be reversed, while Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas told the crowd that Brexit ”will be a disaster for this country“.

One of the rally organizers, James McGrory from pressure group Open Britain, said there should be ”a choice between leaving with the deal that the government negotiates, or staying in the European Union“.

Britain is due to leave on 29 March 2019, 46 years after it first joined the European Economic Community, the forerunner to the EU.

The government is giving Parliament a vote on the final deal, if one is reached, in the autumn - but it remains unclear what will happen if they reject it.

EU flags slowly filled Pall Mall all morning, and with chants of ”people's vote“ echoing alongside drum beats and whistles, the protesters made their way towards Parliament. This protest was a family affair - young children alongside veterans in wheelchairs, and all ages in between.

At the pro-Brexit UK Unity and Freedom march, the arguments were, ”That march is silly. We voted to leave so we should leave. “What do they want, best of three? We voted for Brexit.

Demonstrators also chanted ”we want our country back“ and: ”What do we want? Brexit. When do we want it? Now.“

Conservative MP Peter Bone - who supports Brexit - said if there were a second vote, the leave campaign would win again.

”The vast, vast majority of people, whether they are Leavers or Remainers, just want us to get on and come out this dreadful European Union super-state,“ he said.

”There were 17.4 million people that voted for leave and if there are a few thousand in London complaining about it - that doesn't seem to really make much difference.”

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  • DemonTree

    Don't be daft. America is 20 times as divided and does most of the work screwing up the world. Also, Italy are way too generous with their citizenship.

    Jun 28th, 2018 - 08:40 am +1
  • Lee F

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Jul 02nd, 2018 - 02:10 am 0
  • chronic

    DT, you were previously advised of the constitutionality of the Trump travel ban.

    Embrace your ignorance and accept your failure.

    Jun 26th, 2018 - 03:48 pm -1
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