News | Published March 23 2019

Hundreds of thousands attend "Put It to the People" march

Hundreds of thousands have marched through central London today, calling for a second vote on Britain’s exit from the EU. According to FullFact, between 312,000 and 400,000 people marched from Hyde Park Corner to a rally in Parliament Square. 

The rally featured prominent politicians including Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, Ian Blackford, the Parliamentary leader of the Scottish National Party, Caroline Lucas, the former leader of the Green Party, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and David Lammy MP.

This follows Theresa May’s letter to MPs stating that she will not put her withdrawal agreement before the Commons for a third time unless there is enough support among MPs for it pass.

According to the BBC, crowds at the rally were told that the number of marchers had exceeded one million people, putting it on a par with the biggest march of this century, the Stop the War march in 2003.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, tweeted a video of himself at the front of the march, alongside the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable. Cable tweeted that the march had attracted a “huge turnout of the people from all walks of life.”

Speaking to the assembled crowds in Parliament Square, Nicola Sturgeon stated: “This is now the moment of maximum opportunity – we need to avoid both the catastrophe of no-deal and the damage which would be caused by the prime minister’s bad deal. The EU’s decision to postpone things until at least April 12 has opened a window, and those of us who oppose Brexit must seize the chance it offers.”

David Lammy led the crowd in a call and response, stating the names of prominent Brexiteers, such as Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson, and urging the crowd to shout back “they lied.”

With the EU having granted a short extension to Article 50, Britain is expected to leave the European Union on April 12 if May’s deal is passed and May 22 if it is not. 

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Authored by

George Salmon
Political Editor
March 23 2019

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