Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the European Union marched through London on Oct. 20 in the biggest demonstration so far to demand that the British government hold a public vote on the terms of Brexit.
The protesters waved the blue and gold flag of the EU and held up “Bollocks to Brexit” banners under sunny skies to call for another referendum on the eventual deal on how Britain will leave the world’s biggest trading bloc.
The march came after a tumultuous week for Prime Minister Theresa May in which she failed to agree on a divorce deal with EU leaders in Brussels and infuriated members of her own party by making further concessions in the talks.
With just over five months until Britain is due to leave there is no clarity about what a future trade deal with the EU will look like and some rebels in May’s Conservative Party have threatened to vote down a deal if she clinches one.
James McGrory, one of the organizers of the march, said voters should have the chance to change their minds because the decision will have an impact for generations.
“People think the Brexit negotiations are a total mess, they have no faith in the government to deliver the promises that were made, partly because they cannot be delivered,” he said.
Organizers said about 700,000 people took part in the march, which would make it the largest in Britain since a demonstration against the Iraq War in 2003. (Reuters)