Last Saturday, Thousands of protesters rallied through Central London to oppose Britain’s upcoming exit from the European Union. The protesters have demanded a new referendum and have a say on the government’s final Brexit. The People’s Vote march has been led by young voters to London’s Parliament Square, which consisted of approximately 700,000 protesters.
As new facts about the costs and the complexity of Britain’s exit from the EU have come into the picture, organizers say another public vote is needed after the voters chose to leave EU back in 2016.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, who also joined the march stated that the only options the British prime minister has are a bad Brexit deal or no deal at all. Khan said that the Saturday’s protest was a “march for the future” for young Britons, which included those citizens who were too young to vote in Britain’s 2016 Brexit referendum when the deal was made in the favor of Brexit narrowly by 52 percent votes.
The leader of Britain’s Conservatives – Prime Minister Theresa May, has eliminated another public vote on the subject. The protest had among them “Lord of the Rings” actor Andy Serkis, who marched with his son and wife. Serkis believes that there should be a second referendum now that the people are more informed.
Brexit is scheduled to take place on March 29, but negotiations over the split have been plagued by disagreements, prominent among these disagreements is the future border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. It will become the U.K.’s only land border with the EU after Brexit since Ireland is part of the EU and Northern Ireland is a part of the U.K.
May, said at an inconclusive EU summit in Brussels this week, that she would consider extending a proposed 21-month post-Brexit transition period for the U.K. A period that could keep Britain aligned to EU rules for more than two years after its departure.
The EU has said extending that period would ensure the Irish border to be friction-free by giving them more time to strike a trade deal.