One million join ‘Put it to the People’ march against Brexit

Put it to the People March Brexit

An estimated one million people took to London’s streets on Saturday in the ‘Put it to the People’ march, demanding a second Brexit referendum.

The march, which began at midday near Hyde Park and ended near Parliament Square, is the biggest demonstration against Brexit since the EU referendum. The protest calls for a public vote on the Brexit outcome, with most supporting a second referendum with remain as an option.

Politicians from all main parties joined Saturday’s march, including Labour leader Tom Watson, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, and London mayor Sadiq Khan speaking. Independent group member and former Tory MP Anna Soubry also made a speech to the crowd.

Put it to the People march

Speaking on Saturday, Watson said: “The prime minister claims she speaks for Britain. Well, have a look out of the window, prime minister.”

“Open your curtains. Switch on your TV. Look at this great crowd today. Here are the people. Theresa May: you don’t speak for us,” he added.

The march was led by the organisers of the People’s Vote campaign, who organised a march earlier this year which saw around 900,000 people turn up to protest Brexit.

The organisers said that whilst they could not be certain of the turnout at Saturday’s march, it is possible that there were more in attendance than the protest against the Iraq war which took place in February 2003.

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