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Thousands of London protesters call for UK to rejoin EU

by Mahmmod Shar

Anti-Brexit rally sees crowds from across UK waving EU flags and blaming Britain’s crises on departure from union

Thousands of protesters have marched through central London calling for the UK to rejoin the EU.

The national rejoin march on Saturday saw large crowds of people walk from Park Lane to Parliament Square. Marchers from across the UK travelled for hours to attend.

Parliament Square Garden, the last stop on the march, saw a sea of blue and yellow as supporters waved EU flags and carried placards.

Some signs said: “Brexit was never going to work”, “For lower bills #rejoin the EU” and “We voted romaine”.

A pro-EU protester in Parliament Square. Photograph: Maja Smiejkowska/Reuters

Nikki Ajibade, a 60-year-old teacher from Warwickshire, was at the march with her sister.

She said: “We feel very strongly that the situation we’re in now, you can trace it back directly to 2016 referendum, which was supposedly an advisory referendum.

“It wasn’t a supermajority result, 52 and 48 is not something that you can just completely upturn and upend the whole country. Look six years on where we are. So we feel very strongly that we need to get a sensible government in place, general election now, because this lot are squabbling like rats in a sack.”

When asked about Boris Johnson potentially throwing his hat in the ring to become prime minister again, Ajibade said: “If they’re thinking that Boris Johnson is the answer, they haven’t understood the question, come on this is just ridiculous.

“It’s an insult to the nation. It is an actual insult to the British people to even mention his name as a possible candidate.

“I’m not worried about Boris Johnson coming in. I’m not worried. I think it would be absolutely brilliant, because then he would be the last nail in the Tory coffin.

“It is a national disgrace, an international laughing stock, that’s what they’ve turned us into.”

Thousands of EU supporters marched from Hyde Park to Parliament Square. Photograph: Amer Ghazzal/Rex/Shutterstock

The crowd booed as images of individuals who supported leaving the EU, such as Johnson, Priti Patel, and Nigel Farage, were displayed on a sizable digital screen overlooking Parliament Square Garden.

Oliver Jackson, a 26-year-old warehouse worker from Dorset, emphasized the significance of politicians paying attention to those who favor EU re-admission.

We must make our voices heard, he said. We can’t let this be forgotten, especially in the midst of all this chaos. Sincerity dictates that rejoining the single market and then the EU are the two best ways to get the UK back on track.

Brexit has been the UK’s “slow death,” draining it dry for years.

Rejoin EU marchers in Parliament Square. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

The crowd also chanted “Tories out” and booed when speakers discussed the prospect of Johnson running to become prime minister again.

Tony Harold, 44, from Poole, who works in the share market, said that Brexit affected him as he has a property in Spain.

He said: “We’ve seen the damage and it’s all been downhill ever since it started.

“Personally, I have a second home in Spain, and I’ve been impacted directly. It puts me very much top of the pile. But I’ve seen the benefits of the EU, and free movement, both myself and other people around me.

“It allows you to come and go as you will and it enriches lives. It makes people better,

it gives more of a life experience and it’s very sad to see that go.”

A protester in London with a mixed EU/union jack flag. Photograph: Maja Smiejkowska/Reuters

Joshua Allotey, 57, a local authority employee from Winchester, thought the UK would continue to suffer as a result of leaving the EU.

“Leaving was a mistake,” he said. The UK has already paid a high price. And if we don’t go back, it will keep costing us. It was motivated by ideology and wasn’t really intended to benefit the UK. Inside the EU, we will fare better.

We will suffer in the long run because we are unable to sell to and purchase goods from Europe, which is our largest market.


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