People’s Vote march in 32 pictures

Blanche Robertson
October 21, 2018

Whether you voted leave or remain, nobody voted to make this country worse off, to harm jobs, to damage the NHS, to affect the future of millions of young people, or to make this country more divided.

Thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday to call for a second Brexit referendum.

"What's clear is that the only options on the table now from the prime minister are a bad Brexit deal, or no deal whatsoever", London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who joined the "People's Vote March", told the BBC.

Scotland Yard said it was not able to estimate the size of the crowd.

It also had support from a number of MPs who also want a fresh vote.

The march comes after another tumultuous week for Prime Minister Theresa May in which she failed to agree a divorce deal with European Union leaders in Brussels and infuriated members of her own party by making further concessions in the talks.

Many held home-made signs and banners with slogans like "the wrexiteers", "Brexit stole my future" and "Even Baldrick had a plan".

"I'm sorry that people fell for the lies but we speak to leavers as much as we talk to remainers and they're just as fed up with it as well".

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.

Khan said Saturday's protest was a "march for the future" for young Britons, including those who were too young to vote in Britain's 2016 European Union membership referendum, when those who favored leaving the bloc won narrowly by 52 percent to 48 percent.

As Britain's planned departure in March next year draws closer it faces the prospect of leaving without any agreement, or remaining in a transition phase for several years with few changes but notably losing its decision-making seat at the EU.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage also led a pro-Brexit rally in Harrogate. "The people voted and this government will deliver on it".

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"We can't really see any benefits of leaving, can we, at all".

Co-chair of Southampton for Europe group Charlotte Sunley said: "I am marching because I believe that given the reality of what a deliverable Brexit actually means for our society, a majority of people in the United Kingdom now want the country to stay in the European Union".

Some 150 coach loads of people from across the United Kingdom - including as far away from London as Orkney - travelled to the March for the Future.

Protesters participating in an anti-Brexit demonstration, march through central London, Britain on October 20, 2018.

Others included Dragons' Den businesswoman Deborah Meaden, The Lord of The Ring's actor Andy Serkis, comedian Jenny Eclair, presenter Richard Bacon and TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who tweeted: "Theresa May is cooking up a Brexit disaster. I think I am at the point that anything I can do, so that the people have the final say, I will do it".

Crowds of anti-Brexit protesters gather outside the Hilton Hotel in London.

Many people argue the protest is an affront to the referendum result.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sent a supportive video message.

She studies Spanish and is due to study overseas next year, but said "no-one knows what will happen with Erasmus funding".

And Leo Buckley, 16, from Hampshire, said: "Young people stand to lose the most".

He said: "I believe very strongly in the European Union as a place of peace and strength. People's vote!" as they marched, while others shouted "Hey hey Theresa May - immigrants are here to stay" and "Exit Brexit".

Following his speech, Cable added: "I think people have woken up to the potential disaster".

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