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Anti-Brexiters march through Westminster

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By Catherine Hardy  with Reuters
Anti-Brexiters march through Westminster

Thousands of people marched through London on Saturday to protest against Britain leaving the EU.

It comes just four days before Prime Minister Theresa May launches the start of the formal divorce process from the union it joined 44 years ago.

May is adamant she intends to take Britain out of the EU following the referendum and will formally announce the start of the two-year leaving process on Wednesday.

The ‘Unite for Europe’ march

The ‘Unite for Europe’ march was due to end with a rally in Parliament Square.

Marchers observed a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of an attack by British-born Islam convert Khalid Masood in which four people died and dozens were injured.

In bright sunshine, they waved EU flags and banners with slogans like “So what’s the plan?” and “Stop Brexit!” as they made their way to the parliament.

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What they are saying

Joss Dennis was one of three coach loads of protesters who had travelled from Bristol in western England. The city voted 62 percent to stay in the EU in last June’s referendum, compared with the national 52-48% vote to leave.

“With such a close vote, I don’t see how anyone can call this the will of the people,” she told Reuters. “We have so much to lose: environmentally, politically and financially.”

“A terrible mistake has been made but the situation is not beyond redemption.”