Were you listening Mrs May?
PUBLISHED: 17:51 23 June 2018 | UPDATED: 20:12 23 June 2018
Remainers have swamped London in their tens of thousands to demand: “Give us a say in Brexit.”
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Upwards of 100,000 people marched through the capital to tell the government “we want a People’s Vote” on you Brexit deal.
People packed the streets in what was the biggest anti-Brexit march yet proving the growing anger over the government’s handling of the UK’s exit from the EU.
Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, Green co-leader Caroline Lucas, Labour former NEC member and actor Tony Robinson and pro-EU campaigner Gina Miller were among those who joined the crowd in the capital on the second anniversary of the EU vote.
The start of the march was delayed from noon to 1pm, with demonstrators held on Pall Mall ahead of a march to Parliament Square for a rally outside the Palace of Westminster.
Matthew Mann, originally from south Gloucestershire, who moved to the Netherlands in 2016 for work, said: “I’m here to show what a European looks like.”
The IT consultant went on: “I’m married to a French wife, I have two children who are dual national, and we live in Holland and are caught up in this administrative mess.
“I have lived and worked across Europe, it’s home.”
University academic Robert Brady, 62, who works in the computer science department, said: “I have an Italian wife, I work in Cambridge, she works in Rome... I think we’re technically what’s called ‘border workers’.”
He added he thought a second referendum was “almost inevitable” as “demographically, younger people are in favour, they want jobs, they don’t want to sing Elgar”.
Crowds waving flags and placards filled Parliament Square chanting “We demand a people’s vote”.
Comedian Andy Parsons introduced prominent Remainers on-stage including.
Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said: “There’s a growing momentum saying, ‘after two years, that’s long enough to have given the Brexiteers their chance, let’s now make sure that the people have their say, that there’s a people’s vote when a final deal is struck’.”
Addressing the crowds Sir Vince Cable said: “There are lots of things we didn’t know at the time.
“We didn’t know about the cost of the divorce bill, about the fact that we’d have less not more revenue for the NHS, we didn’t know about the Irish frontier problem.
“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. A lot of things have changed. The mood has changed.”
He also accused the Russian government of “contaminating” the vote, adding Brexit “creates a more chaotic world that’s what they want and they put their money behind it and it’s done a lot of damage”.
Regarding remarks by senior Cabinet members warning the UK is able to walk away without a deal, he said: “That is utterly frivolous and irresponsible.
“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.”
Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy said Boris Johnson’s remarks were “no longer humorous” after the Foreign Secretary wrote in The Sun about the public not wanting “some bog roll Brexit, soft, yielding and seemingly infinitely long”.
Mr Lammy said: “I think Boris Johnson forgets the dignity of his role and the importance of the livelihoods of ordinary British people.
“The day after that announcement from Airbus I thought his statement was unseemly and deeply inappropriate given his role as Foreign Secretary.”
On senior cabinet members warning the UK was prepared to walk away from talks with Brussels, he said: “This is megalomania.
“Walking away without a deal would be an absolute economic disaster for this country ... for God’s sake get real. The British people deserve a lot more than a no deal Brexit.”
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