Let's be having EU: 670,000 remainers take to London for People’s Vote March
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Approximately 670,000 anti-Brexit campaigners, including MPs from all the main political parties, gathered in London today to take part in the People's Vote March. MPs from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Party took part in the rally, which was led by around 1,000 young activists. They were calling on the goverenment for a second referendum on the Brexit deal. At the same time, a pro-Brexit rally took place in Yorkshire at the Harrogate Convention Centre, led by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Around 1,000 people are believed to have attended this 'Leave Means Leave' event. Farage called the people marching in London 'losers' and said there shoudn't be another referendum right now but he was "happy to have another referendum in 20 years" If the figures are correct then today's march in London was the biggest since 2003 when people protestested against the Iraq war. Addressing the huge crowd in Parliament Square the city's mayor and member of the Labour party, Sadiq Khan said: "It was absolutely right that it was young people leading this march because it's their future that's on the line." Adding: "Young people's voices wasn't heard during the EU referendum campaign, but their voices are being heard loud and clear today.” He also described the rally as “a historic moment”.
A bad Brexit could have a huge impact on Londoners. I’m marching today because we need a public vote on the final deal. #PeoplesVote #PeoplesVoteMarch pic.twitter.com/uFKXr7ioM8— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) October 20, 2018Chuka Umunna, Labour MP for Streatham, also joined the crowds.
BREAKING: more than 500,000 now on the #PeopesVoteMarch pic.twitter.com/KSU3fIEFny— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) October 20, 2018Like Khan, Umunna, a strong remainer, addressed those on the march today. "Whether you are from Liverpool, Lincoln, Llandudno, Livingston in Scotland or Lambeth, where I am, Brexit is not going to make those problems better. It is going to make them worse. The deal on the table is nowhere near as good as the deal we’ve got now," he said.
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Wow! Half a million people on @peoplesvote_uk #PeoplesVoteMarch thank you for coming! Together we can win this.— Anna Soubry MP (@Anna_Soubry) October 20, 2018Green Party MP Caroline Lucas tweeted a photo of her and other Green Party members at the march:
With the lovely @thegreenparty block at #PeoplesMarch! This is huge pic.twitter.com/vAn4dYSKCN— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) October 20, 2018Similarly, Rushanara Ali, MP of Bethnal Green and Bow, checked herself in at the march with other members of the Labour party:
Great to be at #PeoplesVoteMarch @peoplesvote_uk with @THLabour4EU pic.twitter.com/s7lmxOT31f— Rushanara Ali (@rushanaraali) October 20, 2018Although unable to be at the march, Nicola Sturgeon sent her wishes to demonstrators:
WATCH: @NicolaSturgeon's address to our massive crowd of 670,000 at the #PeoplesVoteMarch. Please RT: pic.twitter.com/f3KnZaX6V7— People's Vote UK (@peoplesvote_uk) October 20, 2018Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, encouraged support for the 22,000 EU nationals in her constituency:
For the 22,000 EU nationals in Hampstead and Kilburn, for our children and their futures - let’s send a message to the government today #PeoplesVoteMarch pic.twitter.com/CAMyyzKRJF— Tulip Siddiq (@TulipSiddiq) October 20, 2018Sir Vincent Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrat's and MP for Twickenham, encouraged people to watch an Anti-Brexit campaign video and to join the march:
Powerful Video. Join the thousands of people who will be marching in London TODAY to demand a #PeopesVote on Brexit @peoplesvote_uk 12 Noon. Park Lane, London https://t.co/kVmg6jSQZt— Vince Cable (@vincecable) October 20, 2018David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, said that it is still possible to stop Brexit:
Today thousands will gather for #PeoplesVoteMarch.Other MPs in favour of the march and a second referendum include: former Cabinet minister and Putney's MP Justine Greening; former Attorney General and Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve; Gareth Thomas, MP of Harrow West; Wes Streeting, MP of Ilford North; Andy Slaughter, MP of Hammersmith; Rupa Huq of Ealing Central and Acton; Peter Kyle of Hove; Mike Gapes of Ilford South; Sir Ed Davey of Kingston and Surbiton; Tom Brake of Carshalton and Wallington; Karen Buck of Westminster North; Joan Ryan of Enfield North; Ruth Cadbury of Brentford and Isleworth; Neil Coyle of Bermondsey and Old Southwark; Dame Margaret Hodge of Barking; Janet Daby of Lewisham East; Siobhain McDonagh of Mitcham and Morden; and Helen Hayes of Dulwich and West Northwood.
Do not let them tell you it goes against democracy to ask for more democracy.
Do not let them tell you the choice is between no deal and a bad deal.
Do not let them tell you it is not possible to stop Brexit. We can do it. pic.twitter.com/XGN8jX48SF— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) October 20, 2018
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