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UK: Brexit demonstration planned in London March 23

Demonstration calling for a second referendum on Britain's exit from the EU planned in London March 23; heightened security presence and transportation disruptions expected

22 Mar 09:43 AM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London

Event

Thousands of people are expected to demonstrate in London on Saturday, March 23, to call for a new referendum on the UK's exit from the EU, known as Brexit. Organizers of the "Put it to the People" march have called on participants to gather on Park Lane at 12:00 (local time) before marching to Parliament Square from 13:00, where the "People's Vote" rally will take place beginning at 15:00. Further information about the demonstrations can be found here. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are to be expected near related demonstrations. Counterprotests cannot be ruled out. 

Context

Roughly 700,000 people participated in People's Vote demonstrations in October 2018. The upcoming march and rally will take place days before the UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29. The British government has formally sent a request to the EU to delay its exit from the union until June 30; the EU stated it would grant an extension until May 22 if the UK Parliament accepts Prime Minister Theresa May's deal or extend it to April 12 if it is rejected again. 

Advice

Individuals in London are advised to monitor the situation, avoid demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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