South west London campaigners join more than 500,000 demonstrators demanding people’s vote on Brexit
Campaigners and MPs from south west London joined at least 670,000 people marching in central London today to demand a referendum on a final Brexit deal.
The larger than expected crowd set off from Hyde Park at midday and held a rally in Parliament Square.
A number of MPs representing their constituencies attended the march including Liberal Democrat leader and Twickenham MP Sir Vince Cable.
Sir Vince said: “There is no deal better than the one we have now: it is better for Britain and better for Europe.”
Anti-Brexit groups from Lambeth, Wandsworth and Merton also participated in the march.
Lambeth for Europe chair Heather Glass said: “We believe that a people’s vote is the best way to give the idea back to the people on Brexit because what was sold in 2016 is nothing like what’s on offer for now.
DEMONSTRATING: More than half a million people are believed to have joined demonstrations
“It is completely disingenuous for the Government to say they are delivering Brexit when what they are delivering is just going to cause a lot of hardship and suffering.”
Ms Glass added that Lambeth had a lot of EU citizens, including a very large Portuguese community, who would be hit particularly hard by a bad deal.
The Parliament Square rally was also addressed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan and celebrity speakers Delia Smith, Steve Coogan and Deborah Meaden.
To applause from demonstrators, Sadiq Khan said: “What could be more democratic, what could be more British, than trusting the judgement of the British people?”
The People’s Vote is a cross-party campaign calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union.
Today’s march drew several times the number of people who took part in a similar march organised by The People’s Vote in June this year.