Tens of thousands march in London demanding second Brexit vote

Muriel Colon
June 28, 2018

Meanwhile, tens of thousands were expected to take out anti-Brexit demonstrations outside the parliament on Saturday that its organisers called a "strategic pivot" different from opposition in parliament and towards mobilising people to take a stand in favour of another referendum on the final deal, the Guardian said.

The warning has sparked claims that Project Fear - a term Brexit supporters use to refer to what they view as instances of scaremongering - has reared its head once more.

Prime Minister Theresa May has ruled out staying in the customs union after the United Kingdom leaves the EU on 29 March 2019. Even though May assures a "free and frictionless deal", European companies are reassessing their long-term investments in Britain, fearful of how Brexit might affect trade across the bloc.

Brexit-backing government ministers such as Boris Johnson have called for a clean break from the European Union to allow Britain to strike new trade deals around the world.

Last week Ireland's EU Commissioner Phil Hogan warned Mrs May about the lack of coherence in her government's approach.

However, proponents of Brexit have argued that remaining attached to the union would undermine the vote.

"But two years later, all we've got are broken promises, an economy that's already feeling the strain of Brexit and a government paralyzed by internal divisions", he said.

The protest included MPs such as Anna Soubry of the Conservative Party, Caroline Lucas, co-leader of the Green Party, David Lammy of the Labour Party, and Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats Party. "Companies are right to say that if there's no deal that won't be good for Britain, but it won't be good for Europe either".

"We are no longer talking about stopping Brexit, we are actually talking about a forward-looking solution for the future of this country, which is a people's vote on the Brexit deal". Brexit is not inevitable. Others, including Treasury chief Philip Hammond, want to keep closely aligned to the bloc, Britain's biggest trading partner.

Sixty former cabinet ministers, MPs, economists and business figures signed a letter to the Prime Minister urging her to issue orders to departments to accelerate planning for Britain to operate under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules if a deal can not be done.

Johnson meanwhile indicated he meant to pursue a hard Brexit, saying people would not tolerate a "bog roll Brexit" that was "soft, yielding and seemingly infinitely long".

The health minister's comments were later echoed by the worldwide trade minister, Liam Fox, who said Britain's negotiating position was being undermined by companies urging the government to rule out leaving without a deal. European plane-maker Airbus warned Friday that it could leave Britain - where it employs about 14,000 people - if the country exits the EU without an agreement on future trading relations.

While many business leaders have demanded clarity about the future with Britain set to leave the European Union in nine months, Airbus' size and role in the economy make it an influential voice in the Brexit debate.

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