LONDON: Hundreds of people waving European Union flags on Saturday rallied in central London calling for the UK to rejoin the bloc.
The National Rejoin March (NRM) gathered near Hyde Park and was due to culminate in Parliament Square as supportive motorists beeped their horns.
Protesters brandished placards reading “the road to rejoin the EU starts here”, and “rejoin, rejoice”.
The NRM movement backs a return to membership of the EU which the UK left after voting in favour of Brexit in a 2016 referendum.
An exit deal was negotiated under the premiership of former Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and came into force in 2021, with a review set for 2025.
Peter Corr, leader and co-founder of the NRM, said he decided to organise the march as it “felt like everyone had given up” on the cause.
“Brexit was a huge mistake, we’re all – especially working class and poorer people – paying for it and we need to do something about it,” Corr, a lorry driver from the central English city of Derby, told the domestic PA news agency.
Protester Rachel Ashley, wearing oversized star-shaped glasses, told AFP she was “just absolutely furious” about Brexit.
“I know people who are utterly mortified. They are so deeply ashamed…They’ve been played for fools,” she said.
Another Brexit critic, Frances Smith, a 68-year-old retiree, said she saw herself as a European.
“We want Britain to be back at the heart of Europe but we’re also realistic that’s going to take some time,” Ed Davey said ahead of his party’s annual conference on Saturday.