Brexit, the People’s Vote and why we marched
So Saturday was a special day. As you may or may not have heard Saturday was the day of the People’s Vote March here in London.
The People’s Vote movement is dedicated to providing a final say on any Brexit deal the government comes back from Brussels with. In the current media climate it’s all too easy to feel lost and lonely when the topic of Brexit is raised.
Angry voices dominate the newspapers and airwaves, reasonable discussion seems to belong to the past. This was not so on Saturday.
Why we march for a People’s Vote
We set off mid morning in bright sunshine, as the train journeyed towards the centre of town more and more joined us. Strangers struck up conversations sharing stickers and leaflets. People from all walks of life: There were many children and young people who know the impact Brexit will have on future study and employment prospects.
Many in this group did not get a say in the referendum of 2016 and feel it only fair they do now. Business owners like me were out in force, we know it is likely any Brexit deal will impact trading at home and abroad. Hard won environmental standards and ethical practice could easily be dropped if we are taken out of the Common Market.
Older voters came along too, their banners told of their concern for their grandchildren’s future and also long memories recalling a time before European membership when times were hard. As we marched through the famous streets, from Hyde Park, down Pall Mall and onto Whitehall, the atmosphere was good natured. Songs specially written for the occasion were struck up by ukulele groups and spontaneous chants started by the children. There was a carnival atmosphere but it came with a sense of purpose.
Strength in numbers
Cautious estimates state there were 500,000 of us, however, given the route had to be changed on the day because so many turned up, the organisers’ figure of 700,000 seems more realistic. A wide cross section of voters came together to appeal for reason, it was quite a special day we hope cannot be ignored or forgotten.
What we can do next
For more information on practical steps we can all make visit: www.writethiswrong.co.uk