Things to do: “Take to the streets, speak to friends and neighbours and work to stop the UK’s exit from the EU.”

An estimated 30,000 people have marched through London to protest against the referendum decision to leave the EU.

Demonstrators at the “March for Europe” rally, organised on social media, held placards saying “We Love EU”.

In the referendum on 23 June the UK voted to leave the EU, with 51.9% in favour of leaving and 48.1% supporting Remain.

Demonstrators gathered around Park Lane before setting off for Parliament Square. A rally also took place in York in the north of England.

An organiser of the London march, Keiran MacDermott, said protesters hoped to stop the government from triggering Article 50, which begins the formal process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Among the speakers at the pro-EU rally in Parliament Square was musician and Remain campaigner Bob Geldof.

He told crowds at the ‘March for Europe’ to take to the streets, speak to their neighbours and work to stop the UK’s exit from the EU:

“We have two years where we need to find the energy, the strength, to not just pitch up in London on the lovely July Saturday.”

“We need to individually organise ourselves. Organise those around us and do everything possible within our individual power to stop this country being totally destroyed.”

“Going online and tweeting your indignation is only venting into the ether. It achieves nothing. Come out. Take action amongst your friends, work colleagues and in your neighbourhoods.”

“Don’t get angry. Respect them. Talk to them. Ask if they understand that with their vote to leave they took their country’s future with them.”

There was barely an organiser in sight and what police presence there was was very low-key; an outpouring of feeling which was quintessentially British: calm, polite and orderly.
 

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