Placards at the ready! This weekend, huge crowds are expected to march through central London to demand a final say on Brexit. Organised by People’s Vote, demonstrators are calling for a final referendum – they want the people to be given a choice between a proposed deal, and staying in the EU.
March Together for the Final Say will take place on Saturday, October 19: 12 days before the UK is due to leave the European Union. The day also marks the final deadline for Boris Johnson to pass a Brexit deal in Parliament – otherwise, he must ask for an extension from the EU. As the rally takes place, MPs will hold an emergency sitting in Westminster to briefly debate – and potentially pass – a final deal.
The marchers will assemble on Park Lane at noon, before heading towards Parliament Square. The front walkers are expected to arrive there by around 2pm – after that, there’s a speakers’ rally lasting until around 3.30pm. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Tottenham’s Labour MP David Lammy and Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson have already been confirmed as speakers.
To coincide with the People’s Vote March, R3 Soundsystem are also hosting a mobile rig, with almost 40 DJs including Bicep, Daniel Avery and Ed from the Chemical Brothers set to play.
If you’re headed to town on Saturday, it’s worth bearing in mind that roads surrounding the route will be closed to all traffic, including buses. Though there are no planned tube or rail closures close to Park Lane or Westminster, the nearest stations are likely to become very busy. Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Knightsbridge and Green Park will be exit and interchange only from around 11am. From 2pm onwards, Westminster will also be a no-entry station. And if you’re travelling from outside London, around 170 coaches are being laid on to transport people to the march – check if your city is covered here.
You’ll find a detailed route map for the march on the People’s Vote website – 15 further rallies are also set to take place around the UK.
Whether you support people getting a final say on Brexit, or you’re a firm believer that nothing compares to EU, take those questionable puns, paste them on a sign, and head on down to support the march this weekend.
Join the People’s Vote march at noon on Park Lane tomorrow.
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