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A million Remainers marched on London. Will it matter?

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Reportage. The prospects for a second referendum will get a significant boost if May has her Brexit agreement rejected in the House of Commons for a third time next week.

written by Leonardo Clausi

Topic European Union


March 25, 2019

Almost a million people took part in the anti-Brexit/pro-second-referendum march on Saturday, coming to London from every region of the country, many of them from far in the north. These were not just the “elites,” those who—as the stereotype goes—can’t stand the idea of being out of the EU, like French wine, go on holidays in Spain, are fans of Italian opera and read the Guardian, but also very many young people, who feel betrayed by the small-minded choice of the wealthy bourgeoisie, newly obsessed with country, family and throne, as well as by the choice of the former working-class communities of the north, which were de-industrialized by Thatcher.

A colorful river of humanity flowed peacefully along the agreed-upon route: assembling in Park Lane, then marching along Piccadilly, down to Trafalgar Square, and finally coming together in front of Westminster. Here, in the seat of power, the politicians in charge seem determined to ignore the arguments for a second referendum, and are no longer willing to listen to the loud demands for popular sovereignty, a principle that was invoked as a convenient pretext on the occasion of the referendum vote, but is now being hypocritically sidelined when claimed by the protesters marching under the slogan Put it to the People—the slogan of the main organizing committee for the protests, the non-partisan People’s Vote, which simply asks for an opportunity for........

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