Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Thousands take to London's streets demanding final say on Brexit

Thousands take to London's streets demanding final say on Brexit

Organisers Open Britain said about 100,000 protesters packed the main arteries of the capital, waving British, Irish and European flags and colourful banners to call for a "People's Vote" on the eventual deal in which Britain leaves the world's biggest trading bloc.

Thousands have marched in central London to demand a second vote on Brexit two years to the day since the Leave campaign's victory in the 2016 referendum.

This week, worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox insisted the May was "not bluffing" when she says the government is willing to walk away from negotiations without a deal.

Victoria Lewis, 55, a maths teacher from Brighton who wore a blue T-shirt that read "Citizen of Europe", came out to rally "because I have three children and they need to be part of Europe".

"We didn't know that we're going to get president Trump or we're going to destroy the trading system on which Brexit depends".

They argue that in order to have "real leverage in the Brexit endgame" the United Kingdom must reserve the right to walk away without a trade deal "and take with it the £39bn it has offered to pay as part of a divorce settlement". Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Prime Minister Theresa May must deliver the "full British Brexit" that voters were seeking. He suggested instead getting closer to European states to work out what a "realistic, pragmatic Brexit is, which works for both sides".

"Brexit is not a done deal".

"A bad deal is bad enough. but the idea that people can seriously walk away with the havoc that that's going to create for most of our industries is deeply, deeply irresponsible".

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"But two years later, all we've got are broken promises, an economy that's already feeling the strain of Brexit and a government paralyzed by internal divisions", he said.

While many anti-Brexit protestors are carried placards challenging UK's decision to withdraw from the European Union, many more clamored for a referendum that would allow the public can weigh in on the final terms of the separation, no matter where they stood on the issue.

"They don't want some bog roll Brexit, soft, yielding and seemingly infinitely long". They don't want some sort of hopeless compromise, some perpetual pushme-pullyou arrangement in which we stay half-in and half-out in a political no man's land - with no more ministers round the table in Brussels and yet forced to obey European Union laws.

Leading Brexit supporters, meanwhile, warned the British government not to delay or water down the divorce from the 28-nation bloc.

The march comes amid a poll this week that found 48 percent of people supported a referendum on the final deal, while 25 percent were opposed to it.

Comedian Andy Parsons introduced prominent Remainers on-stage, including campaigner Gina Miller, actor Tony Robinson and former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, who claimed Brexiteer politicians were resorting to insults because the political momentum was falling away from them.

"Brexit is not a done deal, not inevitable, Brexit can be reversed", said Cable. "We voted for Brexit".

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