Anti-Brexit pro­test­ers march

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

LON­DON—Thou­sands marched through Lon­don on Satur­day, wav­ing Euro­pean flags and chant­ing “We love you EU” to voice their op­po­si­tion to Bri­tain’s stun­ning vote to quit the bloc.

The march went past Down­ing Street — where demon­stra­tors shouted “shame on you” aimed at out­go­ing Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, who called the ref­er­en­dum — be­fore end­ing up at par­lia­ment.

“Bre­verse”, “The Leave Cam­paign Lied”, “Save our Fu­ture” and “Never Gonna Give EU up,” were among the colour­ful ban­ners on dis­play, the lat­ter re­fer­ring to the 1980s hit by pop star Rick Ast­ley.

Or­gan­is­ers said over 40,000 took part, but po­lice did not give fig­ures. “I think the Leave cam­paign mis­led peo­ple, we are (mak­ing) a wrong de­ci­sion be­cause of the lies,” pro­tes­tor Casey, 37, told AFP.

“Baguettes not re­grets,” chanted oth­ers along the route. - Sec­ond ref­er­en­dum urged In a move that stunned Europe, Bri­tons voted 52 per­cent in favour of with­draw­ing from the EU bloc with 48 per­cent against, with many cit­ing im­mi­gra­tion con­cerns as the rea­son to leave the bloc. The nar­row vic­tory has trig­gered anger in Bri­tain among those who wanted to re­main in the EU and more than four mil­lion peo­ple have signed a pe­ti­tion call­ing for another ref­er­en­dum.

“There must be a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum. Every­body knows that if there is ... we’ll vote to stay,” said for­mer tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Ni­cholas Light, 82, on Satur­day’s march.

The seis­mic June 23 vote prompted the res­ig­na­tion of Cameron — who called the ref­er­en­dum in a bid to de­cide the long-con­tentious is­sue once and for all, but backed the failed Re­main cam­paign.

It also un­leashed a bit­ter lead­er­ship bat­tle in the rul­ing Con­ser­va­tive party and chaos in the main op­po­si­tion Labour party, whose leader Jeremy Cor­byn is now fac­ing all­out re­volt.

The favourites to suc­ceed Cameron have mean­while been push­ing for a de­lay in start­ing the process that will even­tu­ally see Bri­tain leave the 28-mem­ber EU.

Fron­trun­ner Theresa May and high-pro­file ri­val Michael Gove have both said they do not ex­pect Ar­ti­cle 50 — the for­mal pro­ce­dure for leav­ing the bloc — would be in­voked this year. EU lead­ers have urged a swift di­vorce, fear­ful of the im­pact of Bri­tain’s un­cer­tain fu­ture on eco­nomic growth and a po­ten­tial domino ef­fect in eu­roscep­tic mem­ber states. - Mar­kets tur­moil Last week’s shock vote plunged fi­nan­cial mar­kets into cri­sis, wip­ing tril­lions off equities around the world and send­ing the pound to its low­est point against the dol­lar in more than three decades. The Bank of Eng­land has said it could slash in­ter­est rates this sum­mer to counter the down­beat eco­nomic out­look. - ‘Queen: Keep calm’ Queen El­iz­a­beth II mean­while Satur­day urged calm in an “in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing world,” in what some com­men­ta­tors sug­gested could re­fer to the sit­u­a­tion after the Brexit vote. “As this par­lia­ment has suc­cess­fully demon­strated over the years, one hall­mark of lead­er­ship in such a fast-mov­ing world is al­low­ing suf­fi­cient room for quiet think­ing and con­tem­pla-

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