Thousands take to streets in London demanding second Brexit vote
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 23, 2018,
Oct 23, 2018, 7:39
They started at Park Lane for the rally to Parliament Square.
Thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday to call for a second Brexit referendum.
One of the organisers of the Dorset For Europe Facebook group, Muriel Turner said: "We have six months to go until we actually leave the European Union and I think it's starting to hit home with the whole of the country now that's it's serious stuff, politicians are not taking it seriously at all".
Former Labour spokesman Mr Campbell, who funded and travelled to the march on a bus from Burnley, said on the People's Vote campaign website: "In her conference speech Theresa May dismissed the People's Vote as a campaign by politicians".
"We've heard some complain that a public vote would be undemocratic and unpatriotic".
The pro-EU newspaper's online petition demanding a binding vote on any deal agreed before the March deadline has been signed almost a million times.
The protest comes as pressure builds on Prime Minister Theresa May who has been negotiating with the European Union on the terms that the United Kingdom will leave the block on March 29 next year.
The Lord Of The Rings actor said he is supporting the protest as he believes there should be a second referendum "now that people are more informed".
The march will be led by young people who feel their voices "were ignored" during the first referendum, the group said. Others addressing the crowd include: Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; Business leader Deborah Meaden; and TV host and cook, Delia Smith.
Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham, said: Brexit comes down to one thing: isolation vs unity.
"I think people were misled in various ways", small business owner Peter Hancock told AFP while tightening an European Union flag around the neck of his huge bearded collie. It's time it was returned to the British people.
"That's why this week I question why only 4 Liberal Democrat MPs turned up to Monday's key EU Update Statement by the Prime Minister in Westminster". Others, dubbed "Brexit preppers" are stockpiling goods, in anticipation of chaos-or at least sky-high prices-to come. In any case, British Prime Minister Theresa May declared that no second referendum will be held, while she is in office.
"They now want a second referendum to go back to the British people and say 'Oh, we're terribly sorry - we think you've got it wrong", May told parliament on Wednesday.
"We all want what's best for this country and we are the true patriots", he said.
"I'm afraid the political leaders have made a dog's dinner of it and none of us really trust them anymore to take final decision, whatever the result the of negotiations".