People's March for EU: Crowds of anti-Brexit activists gather in central London for march to Parliament

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Crowds of anti-Brexit activists have gathered in central London for a march to Parliament Square in protest at the UK’s exit from the EU.

Saturday’s People’s March for EU is one of a mass wave of protests across the UK and Europe dubbed “the autumn of discontent” and comes just days before MPs are set to vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill in the Commons.

Campaigner Sir Bob Geldof and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable are among those due to speak at the rally, which begins at 11am.

Hordes of people have already gathered at Hyde Park Corner ahead of the walk through the streets to Parliament.

Vince Cable at the start of the People’s March for EU event on Saturday. (Richard Marks)

Photos taken from the throng this morning show a sea of people with activists draping themselves in the iconic blue and yellow European Union flag.

Liberal Democrats from Saffron Walden in Essex join Vince Cable at the protest. (Cllr Alan Dean)

“From soft to hard-core Remain, from ordinary citizens to MPs, the anti-Brexit movement has one common goal – No Brexit,” an event spokesman said ahead of today’s rally.

Crowds waiting for the rally to start on Saturday morning. (Dawn Barnes)

“We firmly believe the UK is better off in the EU, we don’t want to see the erosion of our civil rights, and those of future generations. 

“We will get our voices heard on the international stage.”

The event was also backed by high-profile politicians and celebrities, including actor Sir Patrick Stewart and former spin doctor Alistair Campbell, who has attacked Leave campaigners for misleading the public over Brexit.

Writing on the Facebook event, which has registered more than 3,600 people as interested, organisers said they will today “speak up louder than before”.

“The British public is increasingly concerned about Brexit,” organisers said. “Poll after poll shows a bigger majority for staying in the EU. 

“As the reality of our exit from the EU becomes clear, we hear frustrations from those who voted and campaigned to leave, but now believe that the country is headed for disaster. 

“But the Government is not listening. It is up to us to make them hear.”


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