All you need to know about the People’s Vote March

PUBLISHED: 16:43 19 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:43 19 October 2018

More than 100,000 attended the June 2018 anti-Brexit march in central London. Photo: PA

More than 100,000 attended the June 2018 anti-Brexit march in central London. Photo: PA

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In June more than 100,000 campaigners marched against Brexit. On October 20th organisers are expecting an even bigger crowd calling for a People’s Vote.

Why are people marching?

Polls in recent months have shown that a majority that support a People’ Vote. Organisers say that “whether you voted to Leave or Remain, nobody voted to make this country worse off, to harm jobs, to damage the NHS, to affect the future of millions of young people, or to make this country more divided.”

A People’s Vote is a democratic demand to allow our voices to be heard on the final Brexit deal. To avoid a disastrous “blindfolded” Brexit or the car crash Chequers proposal that nobody voted for. It would also give the country an option to stay in the European Union to avoid Brexit altogether.

A People's Vote demonstration taking place in central London. Photograph: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment.A People's Vote demonstration taking place in central London. Photograph: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment.

Where does it take place?

Campaigners will assemble on Saturday 20th October at Park Lane in London from 12pm. The meeting point is north of the Hilton Hotel. The crowds will march to Parliament Square where there will be a rally as soon as the majority have arrived from approximately 2pm.

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How can I get there?

Grassroots groups, and ordinary citizens, are organising coaches to the march from all over the UK. More than two dozen household names have come together to sponsor coaches that will bring people to the march from all over the UK. Details can be found on the People’s Vote website.

London Charing Cross, Paddington, Marylebone and London Victoria railway stations are within walking distance of the march. There is likely to be engineering works in the Southend, Salisbury, and Three Bridges areas which may result in longer journey times for people from those areas by rail.

The nearest tube station to the march is Green Park and it is fully accessible.

Who will be speaking?

Celebrity chef Delia Smith will be leading the march alongside Dragons’ Den star Deborah Meaden. There will be cross-party support from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Labour MP Chuka Umunna, Tory MPs Sarah Wollaston and Anna Soubry, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas. Other speakers will include Dr Hannah Barnham-Brown from the British Medical Association, and Shakira Martin from the NUS.

Is there a shorter route for the march?

For people unable to travel along the entire route, a shorter march will start from Trafalgar Square (with the nearest fullly accessible tube station being Westminster). Further information about accessibility arrangements can be found on the People’s Vote website.

How can I volunteer?

The People’s Vote organisation needs more than 100 volunteers to make the event a success. To offer your support contact the oranisation here.

Can I take a banner?

Signs and banners are encouraged - for those less creative keep an eye out for a pull-out poster in the October 18th edition of The New European and on our website for print-out designs. We will also have copies of the newspaper on sale in the area.

Where can I find coverage?

The New European will be present at the march. You can watch video and find photographs from the event on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages – with more to come on our website later that day. Some of the best photographs will feature in our newspaper - so send in your photographs for inclusion by emailing jonathon.read@archant.co.uk

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