Thousands March Through London to Demand Brexit Referendum

June 23, 2018 Last Updated: June 23, 2018

Around 100,000 people marched through the streets of London on Saturday, demanding that the British government hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit.

Brexit refers to the referendum, passed by a 52 percent to 48 percent margin two years ago today, that set the stage for Britain to leave the European Union (EU). Disagreements amongst EU members over economic policy, immigration, and other crucial issues spurred the vote.

The “People’s Vote” campaign, which includes several pro-EU groups, organized the march.

The group is campaigning for a public ballot “so that we can decide if a decision that will affect our lives for generations makes the country better or worse off.”

“People have seen politicians making a cataclysmic mess of a really bad deal they didn’t vote for, or even a no deal they didn’t vote for,” a spokesman for the campaign told Reuters. “This is the people telling the political elite that they got it wrong.”

Neither of the major political parties supports a public vote on the terms of Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May and her team has been working on the final terms of the Brexit exit, with Britain scheduled to leave the union in March 2019.

People opposed to Brexit want the terms to be softened so that the U.K. doesn’t make a total break from the EU, with considerations including the possibility of the U.K. remaining in the EU-trade bloc, technically known as the single market and customs union, despite exiting the union.

A Survation poll said that 43 percent of respondents favor a so-called soft Brexit vs. a hard Brexit, or one that would keep Britain attached to the union.

However, proponents of Brexit have argued that remaining attached to the union would undermine the vote.

Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson, one of the main proponents of the “Leave” vote, said in a column in The Sun that Britain had voted for “the freedom to bust out of the corsets of EU regulation and rules” and that there should be a clear and total exit outlined in the final deal.

“They don’t want some bog roll Brexit—soft, yielding, and seemingly infinitely long,” he said, referring to the proponents of Brexit and using British slang for toilet paper.

Some business leaders have spoken against Brexit, saying that, depending on the terms of the final deal, they may draw down or completely move their companies from the country.

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