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Thousands turn out for anti-Brexit protest in London

21 October 2018

In London, young people led the People's Vote march to Parliament Square, where MPs from across the main parties led calls for a fresh referendum.

More than half-a-million people are estimated to have descended on London today - many from Kent - in the biggest rally against Brexit to date.

About 150 buses ferried thousands of activists from across the country to the capital. "I'm 16, Brexit stole my future!" read another placard.

The 2016 referendum was backed by 52 percent of voters, with just over 70 percent of 46.5 million registered voters taking part.

The march on parliament aims to convince British Prime Minister Theresa May to hold a second Brexit referendum.

'Nobody was talking about a bad Brexit deal, nobody was talking about no deal whatsoever.

'What we are saying is not there should be neverendums or a best of three, or best of five, but what we are saying is some of the promises made two years ago clearly have not materialised'.

Protesters in London are demanding a second referendum to decide on the terms Britain leaves the EU. Everybody needs to know this'.

The protesters were joined by other famous faces including comedian Eddie Izzard, who came dressed in a navy suit waving British and European Union flags. The opposition Labour party's Brexit spokesman said last month his party open to a second referendum with the option of staying in the bloc in certain circumstances. Among them was "Lord of the Rings" actor Andy Serkis, who marched with his son and wife.

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James McGrory, one of the organisers of the march, said the public should have the chance to change their minds because the decision will impact their lives for generations.

The MP for Totnes, South Devon, said: "Let people weigh up the pros and cons of the actual deal or no deal that we're heading for and then they can give their informed consent, and for me that's the key principle here". CNN could not independently verify the number of marchers.

Whatever agreement is reached by the United Kingdom government will be subject to approval by Parliament, where May's Conservative Party remains deeply divided over Brexit and relies on Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party for a majority.

London Mayor Mr Khan told the crowd: "What's really important is that those that say that a public vote is undemocratic, is unpatriotic, realise that in fact, the exact opposite is the truth".

The household names were also joined by TV and radio presenter Mariella Frostrup and Sadiq Khan, who took to the stage and addressed the crowds.

Organizers handed out postcards for people to write to their local lawmakers demanding a final say on the Brexit deal, which remains under negotiation between the United Kingdom government, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, and the European Union.

As the March 29, 2019 deadline when Britain officially leaves the European Union draws ever closer, the twists and turns in negotiations have the general public divided, investors and businesses anxious and the volatile pound weaker.

The inability to come up with an agreement is raising fears that the United Kingdom is facing a "no-deal" Brexit that could negatively impact the economy and create confusion among millions of European Union citizens already residing in the country. But the past two years have been politically fraught as the government has struggled to agree on a plan and there are fears that Britain could leave the bloc without a deal.

Thousands turn out for anti-Brexit protest in London