Thousands march in anti-Brexit protest, London

Brexit March in London
Brexit March in London

Estimates by event organizers indicate roughly one million people marched in London on Saturday during an anti-Brexit (“British exit”) march, protesting the pending exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union(EU).

Protesters, carrying placards asking the government to revoke Article 50 — the EU treaty clause invoked by Brexit — and European Union flags, marched from Hyde Park Corner to Parliament. The mayor of London, Sadiq Khantweeted, “Here in London, thousands of people from across our city and country have come together with @peoplesvote-uk to send a clear message: Enough is enough – it’s time to give the British public the final say on Brexit.”

There were several speakers at the rally, including First Minister of Scotland Nicola SturgeonLabour MP (Member of ParliamentTom Watson, and Sadiq Khan. Tom Watson called Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal “lousy” and said he would only vote for it if the British people could also vote for or against it. Nicola Sturgeon said it was “the moment of maximum opportunity” for stopping a no-deal Brexit.

Some of the protesters Wikinews interviewed said they had gone to “defend [their] children’s right to live and work in Europe” and “secure [their own] right to work in the EU”. One interviewee said people changed their minds and several said they wanted the politicians to stop ignoring them.

Not everyone agreed there should be another referendum. One MP told the BBC, “We know that 16 million people wanted to stay in the EU, and some of those would still like to stay in the EU, and within that quite a few would like to have another go and have another referendum — but it was always a minority”.

In 2016, the United Kingdom held a referendum on whether to remain part of the European union, which it joined in 1973. About 52% of participating voters voted to leave and 48% to stay.


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