March for Europe: Thousands protest against Brexit vote in London


LONDON, England – Thousands of people have 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.

Protesters, 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.”

“We 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.

A 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 uncertain situation.

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.

Following 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.

The 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.