People's March for EU: Tens of thousands anti-Brexit activists march to Parliament in rally to keep UK in union

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Tens of thousands of anti-Brexit activists are marching 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.

Organisers estimated around 50,000 marchers were taking part in the rally, many of whom carried banners which read “I love EU” and wearing t-shirts with the slogan: “Remoaner ’till I die”.

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable was pictured arriving at Hyde Park Corner at just before 11am, shortly before the crowds set off through the streets of central London. 

Campaigner Sir Bob Geldof is among those due to speak at the rally later today.

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

Crowds cheered as organiser Graham Hughes opened the rally, calling for a further referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

A papier mache Queen, after the monarch wore a yellow and blue hat to the opening of Parliament. (Peter Bailey)

He was joined on stage by a man purporting to be Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s conscience and a Theresa May puppet.

Sir Ed Davey, Liberal Democrat MP for Kingston and Surbiton, told the crowd he was “embarrassed” for Great Britain.

Thousands of people marched from Park Lane to Parliament. (Oliver Day)

He said: “I’ve gone from anger to distress, from fury to despair. But since the Brexit negotiations begun there’s a third emotion I’ve been feeling.

“Embarrassment. Embarrassment at our country’s leaders. Embarrassment for Great Britain.”

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

After being interrupted by boos, he said he felt embarrassed “that these shambolic people are supposed to be representing us. They can’t even negotiate”.

He said he wanted to personally thank Conservative and Labour Remainers who voted for him to be their MP, so he could continue to oppose Brexit.

“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.

The crowds marched from Hyde Park Corner to Parliament Square. (REUTERS)

“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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