Brexit: Major rally in London for second People's Vote

Clay Curtis
March 24, 2019

Things only got worse over the weekend when an estimated one million people flooded central London to demand another Brexit referendum, something Ms.

Numerous protesters ended up at Parliament Square, where speakers took the stage in the rally to encourage participants, the Guardian reported.

The People's Vote movement was originally formed to push for a second referendum, so that the public could have a say on the government's deal to exit the EU.

One of the options they want to see on the ballot is for the United Kingdom to remain in the political and trading bloc, overriding the 2016 vote in which a majority of people voted to leave.

"I would feel differently if this was a well-managed process and the government was taking sensible decisions".

Parliament will discuss the way forward on Brexit from Monday onwards.

Protesters gather in London.

The "People's Vote March" snaked from Park Lane and other locations to converge on Parliament, where the fate of Brexit will be decided in the coming weeks.

The Times reports that several ministers are not pleased by the management of the Brexit process and especially by her speech on March 19th, where she criticized MPs for not passing the deal. Police declined to give an estimate on the number of protesters.

Supporters of Brexit say that while the divorce might bring some short-term instability, in the longer term Britain would thrive if cut free from what they cast as a doomed experiment in German-dominated unity that is falling far behind other major powers. It is believed that the petition is capable of motivating legislators to again consider holding a second referendum.

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Those favoring Britain remaining in the European Union say Brexit will bring economic hardship and disrupt trade, as well as an end to many social benefits, including the right to live and work in 27 other countries.

The UK-EU Brexit talks are in a stalemate as the UK parliament refused to support May's negotiated deal with the bloc.

If she succeeds, Britain, which was staring at a cliff-edge deadline of March 29 for leaving the European Union, will depart on May 22 under the terms of the withdrawal agreement the prime minister struck with Brussels a year ago. There's no guarantee May can bring the agreement to the House of Commons for a third vote, after it was blocked in principle by Speaker John Bercow.

European Union supporters, calling on the government to give Britons a vote on the final Brexit deal, participate in the "People's Vote" march in central London, Britain on March 23, 2019.

The previous record for an online petition was 4.15 million names in 2016 on a proposal to hold a second Brexit referendum, according to the Parliament website.

Lawmakers have twice rejected the deal and haven't shown any clear swing toward endorsing it in recent days.

They have found the backing of a series of anti-Brexit politicians, including former British prime minister Tony Blair, former Conservative Cabinet minister Justine Greening and former Tory attorney general Dominic Grieve, and former Tory turned Independent Group MP Anna Soubry.

Khan spoke earlier, and said: "This is about the future not the past".

"The whole country isn't doing enough of that", he said.

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