National rejoin march: Thousands of Remainers join anti-Brexit rally in London

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Protesters held up placards before the march expressing their discontent with leaving the EU, including “The road to rejoin the EU starts here,” and “Rejoin, Rejoice.”

Thousands of Remainers dressed in blue clothes and carrying EU flags flooded central London on Saturday calling for Britain to rejoin the European Union.

The National Rejoin March (NRM) gathered near Hyde Park and culminated in Parliament Square.

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Protesters held up placards before the march expressing their discontent with leaving the EU, including “The road to rejoin the EU starts here,” and “Rejoin, Rejoice.”

Another sign read: “Tories out, migrants welcome. Rejoin the EU.”

The march was led by Remain campaigner Gina Miller and former Belgian PM Guy Verhofstadt, who later addressed the crowd.

Thousands of Remainers joined the National Rejoin March (NRM) Thousands of Remainers joined the National Rejoin March (NRM)
Thousands of Remainers joined the National Rejoin March (NRM) | Credit: The National Rejoin March

Other speakers included the deputy leader of the Green Party Zack Polanski and activist Femi Oluwole.

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In his speech Polanski said: "Brexit has failed. We need to be clear and honest about that. This has been bad for Europe.. Our economy.. Adisaster for the climate crisis. Brexit is hitting the poorest and most vulnerable in our country the hardest."

The NRM movement backs a return to membership of the EU which Britain left after voting in favour of Brexit in a 2016 referendum.

Peter Corr, leader and co-founder of NRM, said he decided to organise the march as it “felt like everyone had given up” on the cause.

“Brexit was a huge mistake, we’re all -– especially working class and poorer people –- paying for it and we need to do something about it,” Corr, a lorry driver from the central English city of Derby, told PA.

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Groups from across the country, including Devon, Cornwall and Stratford, were present with personalised placards.

Protesters from other European countries also attended with many wearing EU-styled berets.

Representatives of the Green party displayed a banner in solidarity.

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