670,000 JOIN MARCH FOR FI­NAL SAY ON BREXIT

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - DAVID WIL­LIAMSON, EMMA BOW­DEN AND TESS DE LA MARE david.wil­liamson@waleson­line.co.uk

AT LEAST 670,000 peo­ple – many from Wales – turned out for the Peo­ple’s Vote march, or­gan­is­ers say, mak­ing it the big­gest anti-Brexit demon­stra­tion since the ref­er­en­dum in 2016.

Protesters told of vir­tual grid­lock on the streets of Lon­don as they called for a fi­nal say on Brexit, jok­ing that it had turned into more of a shuf­fle than a march.

Geraint Tal­fan Davies, Chair of Wales for Europe said: “This march was an as­ton­ish­ing state­ment of pub­lic in­tent. With six times the num­ber that turned out at last June’s march this is an un­mis­tak­able sign that opin­ion is hard­en­ing against Brexit.

“And that cer­tainly goes for Wales that sent 11 coaches of peo­ple to the march from north and south, with hun­dreds more ar­riv­ing by train.

“It is clear the pub­lic is see­ing through the Gov­ern­ment’s un­der­hand plan to try to slide through a blind Brexit, if, in­deed it can se­cure a deal at all.

“A new ref­er­en­dum, with Re­main as an op­tion, is the only honourable course left”, he added.

The demon­stra­tion set off from Park Lane and fin­ished in Par­lia­ment Square where celebri­ties and politi­cians in­clud­ing Con­ser­va­tive MP Anna Soubry, Labour’s Chuka Umunna and Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Sir Vince Cable gave speeches.

Ms Soubry said: “It is clear we are the many.”

Ad­dress­ing the cheer­ing crowds, she said: “We are win­ning the ar­gu­ment, most im­por­tantly against those who voted leave.”

Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan also ad­dressed the crowd, while dozens of celebri­ties posted snaps of them­selves on the protest on so­cial me­dia.

In a video mes­sage of sup­port, Ni­cola Stur­geon, the First Min­is­ter of Scot­land, said: “Let me say this loudly and clearly, if the is­sue comes be­fore the House of Com­mons, SNP MPs will sup­port a Peo­ple’s Vote which in­cludes the op­tion to re­main in the EU.”

She added: “The Tory gov­ern­ment’s han­dling of these ne­go­ti­a­tions has been chaotic, in­com­pe­tent and sham­bolic.

“Hav­ing spent two years telling us that no deal was bet­ter than a bad deal, the Prime Min­is­ter is now pre- par­ing to pile pres­sure on MPs to vote for a bad or blind­fold deal on the grounds that ‘no deal’ would be cat­a­strophic.

“She is try­ing to scare the UK into the fry­ing pan out of fear of the fire. It is a scan­dal and it should not be ac­cepted.”

There were plenty of Welsh voices call­ing for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum, with some Welsh Labour fig­ures mak­ing it very clear where they stand.

Among those tweet­ing from the march were MPs Owen Smith, Madeleine Moon, Anna McMor­rin and Stephen Doughty.

Thou­sands of anti-Brexit pro­tes­tors march along Pic­cadilly in Lon­don

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