June 23rd, 2018 saw the largest anti-brexit demonstration since the initial referendum on June 23rd, 2016 with an estimated 100,000 people taking part. The demand was for a ‘people’s vote’ on the final Brexit deal. Demonstrators say that the people of the UK should have the final say on the Brexit deal which Prime Minister Theresa May brings back from Brussels, and say that ballot should include an option to remain in the European Union.
The marchers gathered at Pall Mall and marched to Parliament Square where speakers including Remain campaigner Gina Miller, actor Tony Robinson, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable, and comedian Andy Parsons addressed the crowd with rousing speeches, garnering applause, laughs, and cheers.
“There are lots of things we didn’t know at the time,” said Sir Vince Cable of the original referendum. “We didn’t know about the cost of the divorce bill, about the fact that we’d have less not more revenue for the NHS, we didn’t know about the Irish frontier problem. We didn’t know that we’re going to get president Trump or we’re going to destroy the trading system on which Brexit depends. A lot of things have changed. The mood has changed.”
KCW Today spoke to demonstrators near the statue of Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, when asked if they believed that Churchill would have been a remainer the answer was “Yes, absolutely, Churchill believed in a strong united Europe, that’s what he fought for.”
Another older gentleman told us that ignorance and greed lead to Brexit and stressed that the UK is leading the charge to undo the progress made for Europe since the end of the Second World War after it had itself lead the charge to make it better for everyone. “Turning our backs on the EU after all that is the saddest thing we can do…” he said.