The Put It To The People March is already shaping up to be one of the most important protests London has seen this century.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend on the capital by land, sea and air on Saturday, March 23, to demand that the public are given the final say on any Brexit deal.
In just six days since the march was announced, organisers have been overwhelmed by the response. Activists from Bristol and Bath have even paid for an entire 657-seat train – The People’s Vote Express. Almost 100 coaches have already been booked including no fewer than 16 by from People’s Vote supporters in Devon alone. Coaches have been booked from across the country. Local businesses are sponsoring two coaches from Liverpool to London, while further coaches are already booked bringing supporters from towns including Stockport, Worcester, Sheffield, Barnsley, Birmingham, Glamorgan and the Wirral.
More than 500 people are signed up to come from Cornwall, and thousands more from every corner of the country including Shetland, the Highlands of Scotland and Gibraltar. At the same time, hundreds of UK citizens living abroad have signed up to come home to make their voices heard. A dozen People’s Vote supporters from Australia, 10 from Malaysia, 70 from the United States, hundreds from across Europe and even one from Namibia are planning to fly to the UK to show their support for giving the people the final say.
The soaring rate of sign-ups for the march comes alongside one of the most successful crowdfunding efforts the People’s Vote campaign has ever run. Launched by Anna Soubry and Gary Lineker earlier this week, more than £250,000 has already been donated by supporters.
The campaign has set an ambitious target of raising £500,000 in small donations to fund the march. Almost 10,000 individuals have made donations in just a few days, giving an average of £26 each. And, in a demonstration of the fresh energy and momentum behind the campaign, more than 1,000 donors have given money for the very first time. Individual donations have ranged from £1 through to £500.
These efforts are expected to be boosted this weekend as grassroots supporters hold a national day of action to promote the march in towns and cities across the country.
Over 100,000 leaflets for the march will be distributed at 60 street stalls and events up and down the country, including activities in Looe, Great Yarmouth, Glamorgan, Walsall, Haverfordwest and Theresa May’s own constituency of Maidenhead.
Luke Myer, supporter of For Our Future’s Sake (FFS), a student-led group campaigning for a People’s Vote said:
“Brexit is already causing deep damage to Higher Education and Britain and this Spring weekend – just six days before we’re due to leave the European Union – may very well be our last chance to demand a democratic final say on this mess before it’s too late.
“Instead of allowing the can to be kicked down the road towards the March 29 deadline, hundreds of thousands of people will march on Parliament offering a solution to a crisis that threatens their living standards, businesses and jobs.
“This is a crisis - when anyone who cares about the future, anyone who feels betrayed by broken promises in the last referendum, anyone who wants to prevent years more of this madness should come to make their voice heard. It’s now or never.”
Notes to editors:
- The March will begin at High Noon - 1200 Hrs - from Park Lane. Attendees must use Marble Arch and Bond Street tube stations to gather before the march sets off towards Parliament Square.
More information about the march, including a sign-up page, is available here: https://www.peoples-vote.uk/march