Thousands of protesters call for 'People's Vote' on final Brexit deal

Darnell Taylor
June 24, 2018

Organisers of the People's Vote march have estimated in excess of 100,000 people attended the rally in central London.

Some demonstrators Saturday explained they were not necessarily against Brexit but wanted citizens to have another vote on any final deal that Prime Minister Theresa May negotiates in coming months.

On senior cabinet members warning the United Kingdom was prepared to walk away from talks with Brussels, he said: "This is megalomania".

Fox, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis lined up to defend their Brexit strategy as protesters and business figures expressed their anger at how negotiations were going.

Campaigners against Brexit want another referendum, which they call a "people's vote", to bail on leaving.

"I think the realities are setting in and I think it is time to get away from slogans - "full British Brexit", "going into combat with Europe", he said. The UK is due to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.

The prime minister should also reserve the right to "take with it the £39bn it has offered to pay as part of a divorce settlement", it says.

Downing Street said it was confident the United Kingdom would get a good deal. But real growth fell short of the model's projections starting immediately after the Brexit vote, suggesting a likely - though not inarguable - culprit for the lag.

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The protest is part of a "summer of action" by campaign groups created to increase pressure on Theresa May and the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"But two years later, all we've got are broken promises, an economy that's already feeling the strain of Brexit and a government paralyzed by internal divisions", he said.

They argue that in order to have "real leverage in the Brexit endgame" the United Kingdom must reserve the right to walk away without a trade deal "and take with it the £39 billion it has offered to pay as part of a divorce settlement".

Matthew Mann, originally from south Gloucestershire, who moved to the Netherlands in 2016 for work, said: "I'm here to show what a European looks like". Others, including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, want to keep closely aligned to the bloc, Britain's biggest trading partner.

Airbus's decision to warn that future investment in their operations in the United Kingdom is under review, while not exactly welcome, is therefore considered by some in government as an honest and helpful declaration of what's at stake for United Kingdom workers and the wider economy.

He told the BBC: 'The Prime Minister has always said nothing is agreed until everything is agreed and that no deal would be better than a bad deal, and I think it's essential as we enter the next phase of the negotiations that the European Union understands that and believes it'.

A number of major businesses, including banks and auto makers, have said that a failure to reach free-trade agreement could disastrous for them.

Davis said the United Kingdom was "able to leave without a deal", arguing that walking away had to be an option, no matter how unpalatable.

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