An estimated fifty thousand people marched through London from Hyde Park to Westminster in order to show their support for the EU and their disdain at what they saw as the lies told by leave campaigners in the recent UK in or out referendum on Europe.
The result has shocked the World and opened up an uncertain future for the people of the UK as well as in the wider European continent. With the way forward in no way clear people showed up on mass to express their concerns in a good natured march.
Speaking at the rally the likes of Bob Geldof, the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Tottenham MP David Lammy gave passionate speeches in favour of remaining in the EU. All expressed concerns about the untruths told by leaders of the leave campaign.
London has become a bit of a go-to place for rallies since the referendum result. Undoubtedly the landscape has changed significantly and parliament square is attracting plenty of demonstrations. The week before, a smaller but still passionate anti-brexit rally assembled immediately post the result and on Monday a demonstration from the pressure group Momemtum to show support for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who has been under pressure to resign from his own parliamentary party.
One things for sure, it’s unlikely that the unrest will stop any time soon. The question in terms of how to negotiate the terms of an exit from the EU is a long and complicated one and it’s one which is going to take all the skill of our negotiators just to get us a result which will be on parity with what we have now.
The main question seems to be around the freedom of movement of people, a fundamental facet of EU membership if there is to be access to the single market. For Londoners it’s the sort of question which is tough to understand, certainly from the point of view of many at the rally, there a lack of understanding as to why this issue is such a major one. But this is to be the question that the politicians now need to answer, to what extent will they placate the far right and will they do so at the economic disadvantage of the country. It’s a sorry state of affairs.
The ‘March for Europe’ anti-Brexit rally took place on Saturday 2 July with a march which led from Hyde Park to Westminster.
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