100,000 march for vote on EU deal

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Thou­sands marched through cen­tral Lon­don on Satur­day, lo­cal time, the sec­ond an­niver­sary of the EU ref­er­en­dum, to de­mand a fi­nal vote on any Brexit deal.

Or­gan­is­ers of the Peo­ple’s Vote march es­ti­mated that more than 100,000 pro­test­ers joined the demon­stra­tion through West­min­ster.

The protest is part of a ‘‘summer of ac­tion’’ by cam­paign groups de­signed to in­crease pres­sure on Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn.

Sir Vince Cable, the Lib­eral Demo­crat leader, Caro­line Lu­cas, co-leader of the Green Party, Sir Tony Robin­son, the ac­tor and a for­mer mem­ber of Labour’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive, and the proeu cam­paigner Gina Miller were among those to ad­dress the crowds in Par­lia­ment Square.

Cable said Brexit was ‘‘not a done deal’’ and could be re­versed. Lu­cas told the crowd that Brexit ‘‘will be a dis­as­ter for this coun­try’’.

Anna Soubry, the Con­ser­va­tive MP who has re­peat­edly re­belled over Brexit, also at­tended as it emerged her con­stituency chair­man had writ­ten to lo­cal party mem­bers to can­vass if they were ‘‘happy’’ with her as their MP in a move which could lead to her be­ing de­s­e­lected.

Hun­dreds at­tended a coun­ter­protest. Stephen Goodall, 96, a World War II veteran, led the proeu pro­test­ers.

The de­mon­stra­tions highlight con­tin­u­ing splits over Brexit. Leave-sup­port­ing cabi­net min­is­ters, in­clud­ing Boris John­son, David Davis and Liam Fox, led a co-or­di­nated strike yes­ter­day in­tended to put pres­sure on the prime min­is­ter not to be­tray their vi­sion of Brexit. Fox, the in­ter­na­tional trade sec­re­tary, said the prime min­is­ter was ready to walk away with­out an agree­ment as part of her com­mit­ment to de­liver a ‘‘peo­ple’s Brexit’’. The gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to its pol­icy of ‘‘no deal is bet­ter than a bad deal’’.

John­son said the pub­lic wanted the ‘‘gov­ern­ment to ful­fil the man­date of the peo­ple and de­liver a full Bri­tish Brexit’’. Their warn­ing came as min­is­ters bat­tled for con­trol of the Brexit process be­fore a key meet­ing at Che­quers next month. – The Times

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