Hundreds of thousands rally for second Brexit referendum


Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in central London on Saturday to call for a new referendum on Brexit.

The People’s Vote campaign said an estimated 700,000 people turned out for the demonstration. The group argues that Prime Minister Theresa May is negotiating a bad deal with the EU and voters should have the final say on the outcome of the talks.

May has ruled out a second referendum, saying the result of the 2016 vote to leave the European Union should be respected. The opposition Labour Party has not ruled out supporting another referendum but its main leaders have been cool on the idea.

Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan was among speakers who addressed the crowd, along with politicians from other major parties, the BBC reported. Celebrity speakers included actor Steve Coogan, chef Delia Smith and businesswoman Deborah Meaden.

“It’s time for this vital issue is be taken out of the hands of the politicians and returned to the British people,” Khan said.