Gary Lineker today throws his support behind the Put It To The People March in London on March 23 amid early signs that the demonstration, being held just six days before the UK is due to leave the EU, is going to be huge.
This morning, barely 36 hours after the march was announced, the number of online sign-ups to attend was already 85 per cent higher than it was on the day more than 100,000 people marched through London on June 23 - the first of two massive demonstrations organised by the People's Vote campaign last year.
A crowd-funder set up to pay the costs of the march has already reached £150,000, well on the way to reaching a £500,000 target.
Lineker, the former England football captain, today declares his backing for the Put It To The People March despite being criticised by some groups for speaking out on political issues. He says:
“Lots of people tell me I should stay out of the Brexit debate. 'What's it got to do with you?' they say to me.
“It would certainly be easier and a lot less hassle. But it wouldn't be the right thing to do.
“I care about this country. It's the only one we've got and when I see it in great peril, I want to do what I can to help. I'm not ashamed to be a patriot and neither should you be. And patriots don't let their country fall over the cliff edge.
“We're now running out of time and space on Brexit. On March 23 there will be just six days left before we are due to leave the EU and I'm pretty certain that week will be our last chance to demand a democratic final say on the Brexit mess.
“I can't fix Brexit. But maybe, together, we all can. Do your bit for your country by joining the Put It To The People March at High Noon on March 23.”
Notes to editors
The link to the Put It To The People March crowdfunder is here: https://www.peoples-vote.uk/crowdfunder