taken to the streets in London, in a second show of public anger this
week over the county’s vote to leave the European Union.
most of them young adults, gathered on Park Lane on Saturday and
marched towards the Houses of Parliament, while holding banners
with slogans such as “I’m with EU” or simply “Wrexit.”
Many people were draped in EU flags, while many others chanted slogans like: “What do we want to do? Stay in the EU.”
can prevent Brexit by refusing to accept the referendum as the final
say and take our finger off the self-destruct button,” said rally
organizer, Keiran MacDermott.
“Let’s not leave the next generation adrift… Let’s march, let’s protest, and let’s stop Brexit,” he added.
similar rally was organized earlier this week in Trafalgar Square, but
was cancelled due to heavy rain. Tens of thousands of people turned up
anyway to show their anger over the vote which left the country in an
Last week, British people voted to leave the
European Union by a margin of 52 to 48 percent. The narrow
victory triggered anger in Britain among those who wanted to remain in
the union and caused some people who voted for ‘Leave’ to feel regret.
hold up pro-Europe placards and European flags as they rally through
the center of London on July 2, 2016, to protest against Brexit vote. ©
AFPFollowing the result of the referendum which
came out on Friday, more than four million people signed a petition
calling for a second referendum.
According to a new survey by the
Opinium, at least seven percent (1.2 million), of the anti-EU voters say
they would vote for ‘Remain’ if they get another chance, almost
removing the margin that materialized Brexit.
The research which was released on Thursday also found that three percent of the ‘Remain’ voters were unhappy with their choice.
The post-Brexit anxiety, dubbed “Bregret,” emerged as the value of the pound tumbled and the markets crashed.
Brexit result also caused political turmoil in the country where Prime
Minster David Cameron announced his resignation hours after the vote and
left exit negotiations to his successor, who is expected to be
appointed before the Conservative Party conference in October.
After Brexit, “pins have been pulled out” of the UK’s
traditional politics, leaving a “chaotic response” to the decision to
leave EU, which is evident in the Saturday march in London, says a
British award-winning author.
Thousands of Londoners took
part at the so-called “March for Europe” on Saturday, to censure the
outcome of a referendum on June 23, in which the Out campaigners
The demonstrators were holding placards, reading,
“Bremain” and “We Love EU” to show their opposition to Brexit, for which
51.9% opted while 48.1% supported remaining in the European Union.
to English author Alan Gibbons, Britons’ “chaotic response” to Brexit
was evident in the protest, seeing an amalgamation of sentiments related
to austerity, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, and the youths’ right to
was a backlash that erupted from working people against the European
Union because they felt excluded. Some of that fed into the quite
xenophobic mood; some of it mixed up with austerity,” said the
award-winning author. “Now many young people who feel they themselves
are excluded from opportunity… have taken to the streets.”
of these demonstrators are very confused,” he added, noting some of them
had come out in favor the Labour Party leader, who has been under
pressure to resign following the British exit.
“You’re seeing a
very chaotic response to the departure from the EU mixed in with
anti-austerity and anti-establishment feelings,” he concluded.
Thousands of demonstrators marched in the streets of London to vent
their frustration over Britain’s decision to leave the European Union,
as the divided country struggles to define a new path forward.
outcome of the referendum has created chaos inside the top echelons of
British politics, fractured relations with the 27 other nations in the
EU and weakened the country’s economy. Although the measure passed last
month with a solid majority across most of England, voters in London
overwhelmingly supported remaining within the decades-old alliance.
the rally, several protesters said they wanted to ensure their voices
are heard as the debate shifts to the terms of Britain’s departure. The
event was billed as a march for Europe, with more than 27,000 people
signed up to attend on Facebook, although it was unclear how many
Under mostly sunny skies and a few showers,
protesters draped themselves in European flags and carried signs reading
“We love EU” as they descended on Parliament Square.
“We have to accept it,” said Brian Walters, 49, of the vote to Leave. “But we don’t have to like it. We can’t just go away.”
petition to hold a second referendum on a British exit – popularly
known as Brexit – has garnered more than four million signatures,
although such a move is generally considered a political long shot. At
the rally, some demonstrators instead suggested holding a public vote
over any future agreement with the EU.
“The British public needs a clear view of what the plan is,” said Dan Oakey, 46.
“And not commit national suicide,” added his 11-year-old son, Eduardo.Britain has yet to formally declare its intention
to break with the EU, as outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron, who
supported remaining, said that duty should be left to his successor.
race to replace him has turned into a Shakespearean-style drama that is
splintering the governing Conservative Party, while the Opposition
Labour Party is grappling with a leadership crisis of its own – leaving
the country without clear direction at a critical juncture in its
Speaking in Scotland, the Queen did not directly address
the turmoil but emphasised the importance of staying “calm and
She said: “One hallmark of leadership in such a
fast-moving world is allowing sufficient room for quiet thinking and
contemplation, which can enable deeper, cooler consideration of how
challenges and opportunities can be best addressed.”