Hundreds from Bath march for Final Say

By Office of Wera Hobhouse, Oct 25, 2019 10:10

After she emerged from Parliament’s emergency session, Wera paid tribute to the million people who marched to demand a People’s Vote on Brexit. “The government’s defeat is your victory. Thank you! We in Parliament cannot win this without you.”

Hundreds of people of all ages from the local grassroots campaign group Bath for Europe joined the huge ‘Together for the Final Say’ march in London on Saturday 19th October. The group sent eight coaches of supporters - including one coach of students from the University of Bath – to one of the biggest protests in the nation’s history. Many supporters made their way from Bath by train and car. Estimates vary; between 1 and 2.2 million marchers took to the capital’s streets to call for a People’s Vote on any Brexit deal.

As Emma Knaggs, Chair of Bath for Europe, said, “Now that there is actually a negotiated deal and we know what Brexit genuinely looks like, it’s only fair for everyone to have a ratification and a confirmation that this is really the Brexit that people voted for.”

This march, the latest of several held since the referendum, had an acute sense of urgency. The peaceful protestors literally made their voices heard as MPs sat in the chamber in the Houses of Parliament. As the crowd waited tensely outside, MPs passed a backbench amendment withholding their support for the Prime Minister’s deal. As a result, Mr. Johnson was forced to write to the European Union to request an extension. This week promises to see more dramatic events unfold as the clock ticks down before the 31st October when the UK is set to leave the EU.

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