Mayor of London Sadiq Khan will attend the People’s Vote March for the Future in London this weekend, helping to lead the countdown before the march sets off from Park Lane on its way to a rally in Parliament Square.
The mayor will give a speech at the event in Parliament Square, which will also hear speeches and contributions from politicians from all political parties including Anna Soubry and Sarah Wollaston for the Conservatives, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable, Labour MP Chuka Umunna and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas.
They will join a range of popular voices who will speak at the rally and send a message of solidarity to the young people marching for their future, including Deborah Meaden from the BBC’s Dragon’s Den and Delia Smith, the author and TV chef.
Shakira Martin, President of the National Union of Students, will be on stage to represent the thousands of young people from every corner of the United Kingdom who will lead the vast March for the Future on Saturday. Their voices – ignored in the referendum two years ago and too often excluded from the debate now – will reverberate down Park Lane and Whitehall demanding a People’s Vote and to march for the future.
And it’s not just young people who are badly affected by a bad Brexit deal. A poll of medical professionals by YouGov last weekend revealed a clear majority of the UK’s doctors and nurses think that the NHS will deteriorate after Brexit, with the result being longer waiting times and staff shortages. GP and BMA Council member Dr Hannah Barnham-Brown will speak on behalf of NHS staff.
The march is expected to be bigger and better than the People’s vote march held in June 2018, which saw over 100,000 people on the streets of London. The People’s Vote March from the Future will start at midday on Park Lane, travelling down Piccadilly, Pall Mall and Whitehall before reaching a rally in Parliament Square.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:
“This Saturday, people from every corner of our country will travel to London to demand that the British people get the final say on Brexit.
“The Government is taking us towards either a bad Brexit deal or - worse still - no deal at all.
“Both these scenarios are a million miles from what was promised.
“People didn’t vote to make themselves poorer, to damage our NHS or to put jobs at risk.
“As Mayor of London, I am proud to welcome everyone joining the March for the Future and to add my voice to the calls for a public vote.
Notes to editors:
- Speakers at the People’s Vote March for the Future in Parliament square will include:
- Sadiq Khan – Mayor of London
- Deborah Meaden – Star of BBC’s Dragon’s Den
- Anna Soubry – Conservative MP
- Dr Hannah Barnham-Brown – GP and BMA Council member
- Shakira Martin – President of the NUS
- Delia Smith – TV host and cookbook writer
- Caroline Lucas – Green Party MP
- Chuka Umunna – Labour MP
- Vince Cable MP – Leader of the Liberal Democrats
- Sarah Wollaston - Conservative MP
Also speaking will be young people representing all four nations and regions of the UK, and more speakers yet to be announced.