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150,000 expected on ‘People’s March for Europe’ and Brexit protest rally in Parliament Square

PUBLISHED: 19:36 08 September 2017

Campaigners ready for People's March and rally in Parliament Square. Picture: Bruce Tanner

Campaigners ready for People's March and rally in Parliament Square. Picture: Bruce Tanner

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Protesters against ‘Brexit’ from all over east London join tomorrow’s ‘People’s March for Europe’ and mass rally in Westminster.

Speakers at the last rally in March included former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (right). Picture: Bruce TannerSpeakers at the last rally in March included former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (right). Picture: Bruce Tanner

Sir Bob Geldof, outspoken Pro-EU and civil rights campaigner, heads the list of 23 distinguished speakers starting 1.30pm in Parliament Square.

Organisers expect more people turning out than the last rally on March 25 when 120,000 people marched to Parliament.

Groups in the East London Pro-European Network—many campaigning for a second referendum—join tomorrow’s march starting 12noon from Curzon Gate in Park Lane, winding its way down through Trafalgar Square and Whitehall to Parliament Square.

The packed rally in March attracted 120,000 protesting against Brexit. Picture: Bruce TannerThe packed rally in March attracted 120,000 protesting against Brexit. Picture: Bruce Tanner

The groups are arriving from Mile End, the Isle of Dogs, Hackney, Stratford, East Ham, Barking, Walthamstow and even from the Romford-Havering ‘Brexit stronghold’.

“We are pushing for a second referendum,” East London network co-ordinator Martin Houseden said.

“We firmly believe the UK is better off in the EU and don’t want to see the erosion of civil rights for future generations.”

'True Brits Don't Quit' is message protesters will to deliver. Picture: Bruce Tanner'True Brits Don't Quit' is message protesters will to deliver. Picture: Bruce Tanner

MPs vote in the Commons on Monday on the Parliamentary timetable for the EU Withdrawal Bill. The protesters say Theresa May’s government is allowing just eight days to scrutinise “one of the most important Bills in British history”.

The Bill puts at risk “all the rights and protections accumulated over 40 years of EU membership” in a fraction of the time allotted for debate about European treaties in the past.

Tomorrow’s march passes the No 10 ‘Brexit Circus’ Vigil which resumed at 6pm tonight opposite Downing Street after Parliament returned from the summer recess.

How one protester took steps to remember the rally last March. Picture: Bruce TannerHow one protester took steps to remember the rally last March. Picture: Bruce Tanner

Its coordinator Dianne Datsun said: “We don’t believe Brexit is a done deal—it can be reversed.

“The tide of public opinion is shifting as more issues come to light. It’s clear the public is re-thinking its position on Brexit which will push the country into economic decline.

“There were no ‘terms of exit’ in last year’s referendum because the quitters didn’t expect to win.”

Route of 'People's March for Europe' to the Parliament Square rally [Google map]Route of 'People's March for Europe' to the Parliament Square rally [Google map]

Two giant screens are being erected for the three-hour rally, with 22 speakers joining Geldof including MPs, MEPs, campaign activists, industry leaders, church figures and lawyers.

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