Thousands to march for a People’s Vote in London
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Thousands of anti-Brexit campaigners are marching on Westminster on the second anniversary of the EU referendum calling on a people's vote on the final Brexit deal.
Why are we marching for a People's Vote?
Organisers say that new facts have come to light about the costs and complexity of Brexit that no one could have known at the time of the referendum. They claim that the promises made by politicians about Brexit will not be kept.
Opinion polls suggest that negotiations are going badly, which may mean a final deal no-one is happy with. This is why there is a campaign for a People's Vote at the end of the Brexit process to give us all a final say.
Matt Kelly explains more about why a People's Vote is needed in his latest editorial for The New European - the UK's only newspaper created for remainers.
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Who are the speakers?
- 1 The greatest failure of government in our lifetime
- 2 The bigot we should have called out on day one
- 3 James O'Brien schools Brexiteer who refuses to accept new EU-UK trade rules
- 4 Matt Hancock praises free school meals before being reminded he voted against them
- 5 Nigel Farage launches new party in Scotland to promote 'positive case for the Union'
- 6 Keir Starmer got it right with vote on Brexit deal
- 7 The polling that signals the plight of the Union
- 8 Brexiteer MP ridiculed after calling for free movement of goods between GB and NI
- 9 Scottish fishing boats ditch UK waters for Denmark to escape Brexit red tape
- 10 PMQs Review: The one where the speaker finally snapped
Headline speakers at the event will include Gina Miller, who has been challenging the government on Brexit policy in the courts, Labour's David Lammy and the Conservative's Anna Soubry. Lib Dem leader Vince Cable and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas will also speak.
A delivery driver from Romford, a Second World War veteran from Devon and a maths teacher from Newcastle will also address the crowd.
Who are the organisers?
The March for a People's Vote is being supported by a range of pro-European organisations including Open Britain, the European Movement UK, Britain for Europe, Our Future our Choice, For our Future's Sake, Healthier In, Scientists for EU, Trade Deal Watch, Wales for Europe, and In Facts.
What time does it start?
The People's March starts on Saturday 23 June 2018 at 12pm.
Where is the march?
The march will assemble on Pall Mall and St James' Street, filling back along Piccadilly as the crowds grow. It will end at Parliament Square. A map and accessibility information can be found on the People's March website here.
How do I get there?
Parking in Central London is extremely limited and, due to a large number of events taking place in the city on June 23, roads are likely to be closed at short notice. For this reason, organisers encourage all participants to travel by public transport where able to.
Many local groups from across the country are organising coaches down to London for the March. For details on where and when these coaches depart and full transport details for the march visit the People's March website.
The nearest tube station to the official starting point is Green Park. For those wanting to attending just the speeches organisers advise heading to Westminster station.
How many people are expected?
Organisers have claimed it is expected to be the 'biggest demonstration against Brexit yet'. Tens of thousands marched in March 2017 and organisers have claimed four times the number of people have registered interest in advance.
Where will I find coverage of the event?
The New European will be present at the march on Saturday. You can watch video and find photographs from the event on our Twitter and Facebook pages – with more to come on our website later on Saturday. There will also be a photograph special in the next edition of The New European newspaper on Thursday - so don't forget to send in your pictures for inclusion!
Are there any other anti-Brexit events happening across the UK?
An event is being held in Perth on Sunday for Scottish anti-Brexit protesters. A full list of local anti-Brexit events can be found on our website.