Today’s People’s Vote March has massively exceeded expectations with at least 100,000 people marching from Pall Mall down Whitehall to Parliament.
The march was led by people from all walks of life and every corner of Britain such as a white van driver from Essex, a World War Two veteran from Devon and a maths teacher from Newcastle, as well as representatives from more 130 grassroots People Vote campaigns that have sprung up across the country.
But the size of the demonstration has beaten all records for a march about Europe and is thought to be almost twice as big as the previous largest Brexit march in February 2017. At one stage protesters were backed up all the way up Piccadilly in London to Green Park and beyond.
Such numbers underline the energy and momentum building up behind the campaign which, according to a Survation poll published this week is now backed by a margin of almost two-to-one.
James McGrory, Executive Director of Open Britain, one of an alliance of organisations behind the March for a People’s Vote, said:
“This March for a People’s Vote was an incredible show of strength, and it shows the politicians in Westminster just how angry people in this country are about the mess being made of Brexit.
Two years ago, people voted to leave the EU, but they were also made all kinds of promises about extra money for the NHS, about fantasy new trade deals and about control.
“But two years later, all we’ve got are broken promises, an economy that’s already feeling the strain of Brexit and a Government paralysed by internal divisions. This march was when the British public were let back into the Brexit debate so that their voice - demanding the democratic right to a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal - was heard loud and clear outside Parliament.
“This was not the Establishment telling the people they were wrong two years ago; this was the day the people of Britain tell the Establishment they have got it wrong for the past two years. Brexit is a big deal, but it’s not a done deal.”
At Parliament Square, activists launched a nationwide petition and will now gather signatures from every street in every village, town and city of our country so that everyone can send a message to the powerful in Westminster demanding a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal. Within hours of it going live, it had gathered more than 30,000 names online.
The full text of the petition is as follows:
WE, THE PEOPLE
We, the undersigned, demand a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal.
We have watched the chaos unfold in Cabinet and the turmoil in negotiations with dismay and foreboding. None of us voted for a bad deal or no deal that would wreck our economy. Nor do we accept that either is inevitable. If the Brexit deal is rejected by Parliament, then we, the people of Britain, should have the democratic right to determine our own future. That is why we are demanding a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal.
Notes to editors:
The Survation polling can be found here: https://twitter.com/britainelects/status/1009915846960013317
The link to the petition, which went live this morning, is here: https://www.peoples-vote.uk/petition