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Thousands join anti-Brexit march through London

Thousands join anti-Brexit march through London
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Thousands of people marched through central London on Saturday, calling on the government to “rethink and reject Brexit”.

A stream of protesters poured through Trafalgar Square and stopped to boo outside Prime Minister Theresa May’s Downing Street office before congregating at a rally outside parliament.

The self-styled People’s March for Europe comes ahead of a key vote in the House of Commons on Monday night.

“Help! We’re trapped on a small island that’s been taken over by mad people!” read one sign held above lots of blue EU flags.

“Take back control from these clowns,” demanded a banner featuring photos of senior ministers, while another referenced the divorce negotiations, saying: “This best deal is the deal we’ve got!”

Dr John Wale, who works at Warwick University in central England, brought along his two sons aged 16 and 12, both of them holding up EU flags.

“It’s all so negative. Why would you throw away something that is so beneficial to appease the will of a few fanatics?” he said, adding: “The problem is there are more than a few.”

Members of Parliament (MPs) will on Monday hold their first vote on a crucial piece of legislation intended to smooth Britain’s departure from the European Union.

The Repeal Bill would formally end Britain’s EU membership and transfer of around 12,000 existing EU laws and regulations onto the British statute books.

May’s government is expected to win the vote, but could face rebellions by pro-European members of her own Conservative party as MPs scrutinise the bill in the coming weeks.

May is also under pressure from Conservative Brexit supporters to ensure a clean break when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019, after ministers said they were seeking an implementation period to reduce any disruption.

Britons voted by 52 per cent to 48 per cent to end their membership of the bloc in a referendum in June 2016.

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