Last Saturday, thousands of people who are opposed to the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union marched through central London to call for a new referendum as the deepening crisis that is linked to Brexit risked sinking the premiership of Theresa May, the British Prime Minister.
Following three years of tortuous negotiations, it is still uncertain how, when or even if Brexit will happen as PM May attempts to look for a way out of the gravest political crisis in at least a generation.
Last Friday, May hinted that she might not bring her twice-defeated EU divorce deal back to the parliament next week. Her announcement left her Brexit strategy in a meltdown. Both The Daily Telegraph and the Times reported that the pressure was growing on PM May to step down from her post.
While the nation and its politicians are divided over Brexit, the majority of the people agree that it is the most important strategic decision that the United Kingdom has faced since World War Two.
Pro-EU protesters gathered for a “Put it to the people march” at Marble Arch on the edge of Hyde Park around midday before they marched past the office of the prime minister in Downing Street and finish outside parliament.
The director of the People’s Vote campaign and one of the organisers of the march, James McGrory, said that the campaign for a second Brexit referendum is currently the biggest mass movement in the United Kingdom, overshadowing the membership of the main political parties.
In an interview with Reuters, he stated: “People from all walks of life see can what they were once offered bears no relation to what is being delivered and they are angry about it because it feels like a bad deal is being rammed down their throats.”
The organisers were confident that the size of the crowd would exceed a similar rally that was held last October when the supporters said that approximately 700,000 people showed up.
Two hundred coaches from around the United Kingdom were booked to take people to London for the march. One coach left the Scottish Highlands last Friday evening, and another left from Cornwall on the western tip of England early on Saturday morning.
A petition to cancel Brexit altogether gained approximately 4 million signatures 3 days after May informed the public “I am on your side” over Brexit and called on the lawmakers to get behind her deal.
In the referendum that was held on the 23rd of June 2016, approximately 17.4 million voters, or 52 percent, supported Brexit while 16.1 million, or 48 percent, supported staying in the European Union.
However, ever since, the opponents of Brexit have been looking for ways to hold another referendum.
PM May has repeatedly ruled out holding another Brexit referendum. She said that it would intensify divisions and undermine the support for democracy. The supporters of Brexit say that a second referendum would trigger a major constitutional crisis.