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Protesters swamp London demanding another referendum on EU membership

Hundreds of thousands of protesters swamped London on Saturday demanding another referendum on EU membership amid political paralysis over Brexit, in one of the country’s biggest protests in decades.

Organisers said about a million people opposed to Britain leaving the European Union joined what they called the “Put it to the People” march, descending on the capital by road and rail from across the country.

Wielding an array of anti-Brexit signs and EU flags, they first gathered at Hyde Park before walking the approximately two-mile route to Westminster — whistling, cheering and chanting.

“It’s terrible,” protester Emma Sword told AFP of the current political gridlock.

“We need to revoke Article 50 and if we can’t do that, then we need the people’s vote,” she said, referring to the EU legal mechanism Britain invoked for Brexit.

At the endpoint of the march outside parliament, speakers including Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and opposition Labour deputy leader Tom Watson rallied the crowds through the afternoon.

“We’ve seen how the government has ignored our warnings time and time again,” said Khan.

“It’s time to say loud and clear: enough is enough.”

A host of other political figures also joined the demonstration, including Independent Group MPs who quit Britain’s two mainstream parties — the Conservatives and Labour — earlier this year in protest at their Brexit policies.

“This cause is actually bigger than any political party, it is bigger than any tribalism, and it is what unites us,” said Anna Soubry, one of the breakaway lawmakers.

A majority of MPs voted against holding another referendum on the issue earlier this month, and it remains a longshot bid by Remainers.

 

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