Tens of thousands take to London streets to protest against Brexit

Joseph McCormick July 2, 2016
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Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of London to protest against the result of the referendum to leave the EU.

The crowd is making its way through the city, having started at Park Lane.


Eventually the crowd of tens of thousands, will arrive at Parliament Square.

Organisation for the event began on social media as comedian Mark Thomas wrote that he wished to vent his “anger, frustration and need to do something”.

He wrote: “We would accept the result of the referendum if it was fought on a level playing field. But it was full of misinformation and people need to do something with their frustration.”

Around 40,000 people are expected at the rally where banners and megaphones were handed out.

Some took to twitter using the handle @wewantbackin, and others used the hashtag #MarchForEurope.

The UK narrowly voted in a referendum two weeks ago to leave the EU – with 17,410,742 (51.9%) votes to leave, and just 16,141,241 (48.1%) votes for remaining.


Prime Minister David Cameron, who had fought passionately for the UK to stay in the EU, resigned yesterday morning, saying the country must take a “different path”.

He added the country requires a “different captain to steer the ship” to drive the negotiations with the EU and devolved governments.

In his speech outside 10 Downing Street, Mr Cameron cited his legacy – including passing same-sex marriage in 2013.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that she felt it was “highly likely” that Scotland would hold a second independence referendum following the UK’s result.

Later Ms Sturgeon suggested that Scotland could effectively veto the UK’s exit from the EU.

In a surprise twist, it was revealed that a petition to change the referendum rules to require a larger majority was started a month before the referendum by a leave campaigner who assumed his side would lose.

It has now been signed by over 4 million people.

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