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Hordes of anti-Brexit activists have begun gathering in central London today as part of a mass wave of protests dubbed “the Autumn of discontent”.
Pro-EU activist Sir Bob Geldof is among a host of speakers due to speak to crowds in Parliament Square on Saturday for the People’s March for EU rally.
By 11am, crowds had already gathered in Hyde Park Corner ahead of the march to Parliament.
Up to 4,000 people expressed an interest in attending today’s march on its official Facebook page.
It comes just days before MPs are due to vote on the contentious EU Withdrawal Bill in the Commons.
The march is set to coincide with a range of other events in the UK and in Europe – including several other protests and demonstrations at the political party conferences.
“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.
“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.
“With leading organisations, politicians and public figures behind our cause, we will show that the British people will not be led blindly over a cliff’s edge.”
The event has been 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.
He said: “The Leave campaign was filled with disinformation and one huge falsehood – the £350 million that was going to find its way into the NHS.
“That £350 million never existed. The people of the UK were misled. Monthly reports are published on the economic impact of leaving the union – and they are all negative.”
Sir Bob will share the stage with politicians and campaigners at the event, which starts at the Curzon Gate on Park Lane at Hyde Park Corner at 11am before marching to Parliament Square.
Speakers include Lib Dem MP Tom Brake – who supports calls for a public vote on the final Brexit deal – and Pro-EU Tory MEP Charles Tannock.
Mr Tannock has said he is “ashamed to be British in many ways” following the referendum result and hit out at his party’s “arrogance, hubris, petty nationalism and triumphalism”.
The event description states: “The People’s March for Europe agrees that a second referendum is necessary, and would offer a democratic opinion on the final Brexit deal.
“The referendum has to have the option to remain as a part of the European Union if the public is unhappy with the deal our government negotiates.
“We accept that a second referendum may be the only way to resolve the conflict between the Remain and Brexit camps and offer much-needed unity.”
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