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London Swarmed With Protesters

They say it's time to give up on Brexit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2019 11:09 AM CDT
A doll resembling British Prime Minister Theresa May stands among demonstrators during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – Anti-Brexit protesters flooded into central London by the hundreds of thousands on Saturday, demanding that Britain's Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union, the AP reports. The "People's Vote March" snaked from Park Lane and other locations to converge on the UK Parliament, where the fate of Brexit will be decided in the coming weeks. Marchers carried European Union flags and signs praising the longstanding ties between Britain and continental Europe. The protest drew people from across Britain who are determined to force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to alter its march toward Brexit. Police did not provide a crowd estimate, but Independent legislator Chuka Umunna and others supporting a second Brexit referendum estimated the crowd at 1 million.

May also is coming under rising pressure from her own Conservative Party to either step down or set a date for her resignation as her political support continues to wilt. The coming week is seen as crucial as political rivals jockey for position to succeed her. Conservative Party legislator George Freeman says a new leader is needed: "I'm afraid it's all over for the PM. She's done her best," he tweeted. "...We need a new PM who can reach out & build some sort of coalition for a Plan B." Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, invited to help lead the march in favor of a second referendum, called the crowd gathered in central London impressive and unified. "There is a huge turnout of people here from all walks of life, of all ages and from all over the country," he tweeted. "We are a Remain country now with 60% wanting to stop the Brexit mess."
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