Thousands take to London's streets demanding final say on Brexit

Lloyd Doyle
June 24, 2018

Vince Cable MP, Pro-EU campaigner Gina Miller, Tony Robinson and Caroline Lucas MP join with crowds taking part in the People's Vote march for a second EU referendum at Trafalgar Square in central London.

However, aviation giant Airbus warned on Friday it could pull out of Britain if it leaves the European Union without a deal, while carmaker BMW also warned that uncertainty was affecting the investment climate.

Meanwhile, a counter-protest also took place in London on Saturday, with pro-Brexit demonstrators pushing for the government to continue with its plan to leave the European Union - a move which is slated for March 2019. They claim the decision to leave the bloc is not a done deal yet, and people must make their voices heard. There were chants of "Where's Jeremy Corbyn" from the crowd.

Anger on the streets at the prime minister's handling of the Brexit negotiations is being accompanied by a renewed push from industry to ensure that trade with Europe is not disrupted as a result of leaving.

"They don't want some bog roll Brexit - soft, yielding and seemingly infinitely long" he said, using a British slang expression for toilet paper.

Boris Johnson has urged the Prime Minister to deliver a "full British Brexit" as Cabinet colleagues warned the United Kingdom is able to walk away without a deal.

In a rare intervention, Lord Glendonbrook, the Conservative peer who ran the BMI airline for decades with a fleet of 45 Airbus aircraft, warned that the delays in securing a tariff-free deal were handing a "Brexit dividend" to Britain's economic rivals in Europe. "I think we're technically what's called "border workers". "BMW has said similar things". We have actually got to have something positive.

"We have record levels of employment and a 40 year low in unemployment. The timeline of some of these products is years".

James McGrory, one of the organizers, said voters were "made all kinds of promises" during the Brexit referendum. "We seriously believe a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic".

"Battling about standing orders always felt like a Westminster bubble-type issue - rebelling on trade matters to constituents jobs, as Airbus demonstrates", one former minister said.

Meanwhile, senior Brexiters are attempting to push May into a tougher negotiating stance with Brussels.

Speaking on BBC radio, Jurgen Maier, head of German manufacturer Siemens in Britain, said slogans such as "full British Brexit" - used by Johnson - were "incredibly unhelpful".

Demonstrators held placards reading "I am a European citizen", "ILoveu" and "we demand a vote on final Brexit deal".

Nearly two-thirds of Britons believe they should have a final say on the Brexit deal, according to a poll published this week, although it is still unclear what would happen the government's deal were rejected.

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