IN PICS: Spain Anti-Brexit groups join People’s Vote march in London

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IN PICS: Spain Anti-Brexit groups join People’s Vote march in London

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in London at the weekend to demand that the British government hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit, among them dozens of Brits who had flown over from Spain.


On the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum, around 100,000 people marched on Parliament holding banners and waving EU flags to call for a ‘People’s Vote’ on the final deal.

Among them were British citizens living in Spain who travelled to the UK to support the cause.

Members of Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain and the EU, travelled from across Spain to attend the biggest anti-Brexit protest since the 2016 vote.

Sue Scarrott, Bremain in Spain Council member, says of the event: "It was an amazing day. Young and old, families, all united in their passion that the People's Vote is the only way forward to make an informed decision on the deal. Let us see what the 'will of the people' really is."

Elspeth Williams and Sue Wilson, both from Bremain in Spain attended the march in London. Photo: Bremain in Spain

Elspeth Williams, also of Bremain Council, adds: "What made the People's Vote march special was not only it being massive but that there were so many people who had never marched before who had appeared to support a People's Vote." 

Sue Wilson (centre) with other campaigners outside Buckingham Palace during the march on Saturday. Photo: Bremain in Spain

Bremain in Spain chair, Sue Wilson, said: "Bremain in Spain members went to enormous lengths to be at the march, travelling from Spain and also France, Germany, Portugal and Italy. The sheer numbers that turned up shows that we refuse to give up and we're not going to 'get over it'.

Photo: AFP

"Recent polls suggest that even a third of Leave voters now support the need to see the deal before stepping into the abyss. Half of the people polled support a further vote, with only 25percent opposed to the idea," Wilson added.

"Who on earth would ever sign up to a deal without knowing what it looks like first? No company would ever do that so why would a country do it? The government, stuck in its own rhetoric, needs to wake up and see what 'the people' are saying now," she said.

 Photo: AFP

The march was attended by organisations including Open Britain, Best for 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.

A banner held over the shoulder of a statue of Winston Churchill. Photo: AFP

Bremain in Spain marched alongside other groups from the British in Europe coalition, which represents the interests of UK citizens in the EU, and also with various EU citizens' groups in the UK. These included The 3Million, Españoles de Reino Unido and In Limbo.

The march ended with a rally with speakers including leading anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller, Labour MP David Lammy and Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas.

Comedians Andy Parson also made a speech as did Tony Robinson, who used a catchphrase of his most famous role Baldrick in Blackadder when he announced he would stop Brexit with "a cunning plan".

Meanwhile a vigil was held outside the British Embassy in Madrid.

 Another large protest march is planned for Saturday October 20th in London.


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