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Brexit protest: Thousands march against Leave vote in London

The march was organised on social media

Jon Stone
Saturday 02 July 2016 18:23 BST
Brexit protest: Thousands march against Leave vote in London

Thousands of people converged on central London today in protest against Britain leaving the European Union.

Marchers gathered at Park Lane at 11am and marched towards Parliament Square.

The march follows a similar rally earlier this week in Trafalgar Square that was cancelled due to heavy rain – but to which tens of thousands of people turned up anyway.

Pro-EU rally held in London

Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum last week by 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

Support in urban areas and amongst young people was significantly lower, however. The capital strongly backed Remain by 60 per cent to 40 per cent.

The disparity between different parts of the country has promoted a four-million-signature petition calling for a second referendum and a renewed push for Scotland to secede from the UK.

The event’s organiser, King’s College graduate Kieran MacDermott, wrote: “We can prevent Brexit by refusing to accept the referendum as the final say and take our finger off the self-destruct button.

“It is the responsibility of Parliament to consider our democracy more carefully and call for a vote before they all accept the UK’s decline.

“Let's not leave the next generation adrift. We can provide the ammunition Parliament needs to reason their way through this mess and reconsider Brexit, if we make a stand.”

About 34,000 people said they were interested in attending the event on social media.

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