LONDON (Reuters) – Tens of 1000’s of supporters of the European Union started marching by London on Saturday as a part of what organisers say would be the largest ever demonstration to demand that the British government holds a public vote on the phrases of Brexit.
FILE PHOTO – A girl with a painted face poses for throughout a ‘March for Europe’ demonstration in opposition to Britain’s determination to go away the European Union, in central London, Britain July 2, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
The protesters waved the blue and gold flag of the EU and held up “Bollocks to Brexit” banners below sunny skies to name for one more referendum on the eventual deal on how Britain will depart the world’s largest buying and selling bloc.
The march comes as strain builds on Prime Minister Theresa May over her negotiating technique with simply over 5 months till Britain is because of depart. There is, to date, no divorce deal and a few rebels in May’s Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one.
James McGrory, one of many organisers of the march, mentioned the general public ought to have the prospect to vary their minds as a result of the choice will affect their lives for generations.
“People think the Brexit negotiations are a total mess, they have no faith in the government to deliver the promises that were made, partly because they cannot be delivered,” he mentioned.
At the march, demonstrators carried placards saying “Brexit is pants” and “time for an EU turn.” Members of parliament from all the primary political events are set to affix the demonstration.
Organisers estimate that greater than 100,000 individuals will participate. Crowds will collect close to Hyde Park and move Downing Street and end exterior of parliament.
The 2016 referendum noticed 52 % vote in favour of leaving the European Union. But the previous two years have been politically fraught because the government has struggled to agree on a plan and there are fears that Britain depart the bloc and not using a deal.
Some opinion polls have proven a slight shift in favour of remaining within the European Union, however there has but to be a decisive change in attitudes and lots of in Britain say they have grow to be more and more bored by Brexit.
The prime minister has repeatedly dominated out holding a second referendum. The opposition Labour get together mentioned final month they open to a second referendum with the choice of staying within the bloc in sure circumstances.
Brexit supporters say a second referendum would set off a serious constitutional disaster.
“We had a vote, we voted to leave, the idea to have a second referendum would be incredibly damaging,” mentioned Richard Tice, Vice-Chairman of Leave Means Leave, which needs a clear break with the EU.
“People need to be under no illusions as to how people feel about what is a significant potential for a total betrayal of democracy in this country.”
Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; Editing by Ros Russell