Thousands Of Brexit Protesters Block Main Streets In Central London
Hundreds of thousands of Britons have marched through London to demand a new Brexit referendum, celebrating as MPs voted to postpone Britain's departure from the EU.
The protesters, some having travelled for hours from around the UK, waved EU flags under sunny skies and held placards that employed creativity and wit.
The crowd clogged vast stretches of central London on Saturday, with thousands of people waiting to begin the march at Hyde Park by the time others had reached parliament.
MPs were holding their first Saturday session since the 1982 Falklands war.
Draped in an EU flag, 56-year-old Hannah Barton said the government was not listening.
"I am incensed that we are not being listened to. Nearly all the polls show that now people want to remain in the EU. We feel that we are voiceless," the central England resident said.
"This is a national disaster waiting to happen and it is going to destroy the economy."
MPs voted to withhold support for the Brexit deal until formal ratification legislation has passed, compelling Johnson to seek a delay.
As the crowd watched events in parliament unfold on large screens and mobile phones, they cheered and shouted "people's vote", viewing the result as another chance to stop Brexit.
Many protesters carried placards, some comparing Brexit to the election of US President Donald Trump.
Some wore elaborate costumes, with one dressed as a banana holding a sign saying "we are 'ripe' for change".
There were also effigies mocking politicians such as Johnson and his key adviser Dominic Cummings.
Many of the signs displayed a dry British sense of humour.
"I am very cross about this," read one.
"I made this sign instead of screaming," stated another.
People's Vote campaign director James McGrory said ahead of the protest the government should heed the anger of pro-Europeans and hold another referendum on EU membership.
"This new deal bears no resemblance to what people were promised and so it is only right that the public deserve another chance to have their say," he said.
Campaigners are confident that the protest will rival a similar demonstration in March when organisers said one million people took to the streets.
A rally this size would be among the largest ever in Britain.