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Southampton residents join "biggest ever" protest march

March 26, 2019 9:05 AM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

"It was amazing to be part of such a momentous event."

Richard Blackman #PutItToThePeople

These were the thoughts of Richard Blackman, one of many Southampton Liberal Democrat members who travelled to London on Saturday to take part in the 'Put it to the People' march, calling for a 'People's Vote'.

Bassett campaigner Richard recalled:

"I joined scores of Southampton residents and more than a million people from all corners of the UK at the #PutItToThePeople march in London on Saturday 23 March.

"It was almost certainly the biggest protest this country has ever seen and demonstrated the strength of feeling in the country against the chaos of Brexit. It was amazing to be part of such a momentous event, which was characterised by solidarity and good humour but with a tangible sense of worry about the future and anger about what Brexit is doing to the country.

"The movement for a close relationship with the European Union is now the biggest political movement in the country, and I am proud that the Liberal Democrats have been at the heart of this.

"With the outcome of the Brexit process remaining uncertain, parliament needs to ensure in the coming days that the catastrophe of a no deal scenario is avoided. Saturday's march and the #RevokeArticle50 petition are indicative of a change of heart in the country. There has never been a mandate for a hard Brexit, so parliament must now force either the amendment of the Political Declaration to signal a softer Brexit (subject to a People's Vote) or revocation of Article 50."