Thousands in London Brexit protest

Thousands of people are marching through London to protest against the referendum decision to leave the European Union, EU.

Demonstrators at the ‘March for Europe’ rally, which was organised on social media, are holding placards saying ‘Bremain’ and ‘We Love EU.’

More than 46.5 million people voted in the referendum on June 23, which resulted in the UK voting by 51.9% to 49.1% to withdraw from the EU. But critics said that “those who lost the vote were having a tantrum.”

Among the crowd was Tom North, from Norfolk, who was marching with his family.

“I’m here because I feel the country has been conned into voting for something that will turn out a disaster. I’m particularly concerned about the effect it will have on scientific research,” he said.

Hi son Ace North, 34, from Oxford said: “I was able to do my PHD in an EU country thanks to being in the EU so I feel quite passionate about it.”

Fellow protester Mark Thomas said that “the referendum campaign was full of misinformation and people need to do something with their frustration.”

The protest drew some criticism on social media under the #MarchforEurope hashtag, with posts pointing out that 17 million people had voted in support of Leave.

Ukip MEP Daniel Hannan tweeted: “A gentle reminder, Remain friends, that more people voted to leave the EU than have voted for anything else, ever.”

“Claims that Leave voters weren’t listening and just hate immigration were patronising,” Mr Hannan said.

One user on Twitter accused the march of being “pathetic”, adding: “Just people having a tantrum about the fact they didn’t win.”

Others shared GIFs of toddlers having tantrums and compared them to those taking part.

Policing
The Metropolitan Police said there would be officers at the event to provide ‘flexible and appropriate’ policing.

Meanwhile, Conservative MPs have been lining up behind candidates to replace David Cameron as the next prime minister and leader of the party.

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith came out in support of Andrea Leadsom. They campaigned together for the UK to leave the EU, and Mr Duncan Smith said she was the ‘right person to lead’ in the forthcoming negotiations.

Mrs Leadsom has said the new PM must be a Leave supporter, which would rule out frontrunner Theresa May.

On Thursday, one of the most prominent figures in the Leave campaign, Justice Secretary Michael Gove announced he was running.

He pledged to leave the EU’s single market, make public services more human and strengthen the United Kingdom, saying the country’s “best days lie ahead.”

The other candidates to replace David Cameron are Stephen Crabb and Liam Fox.

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