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Londoners march against Brexit vote

Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 01:21

Thousands of demonstrators marched through central London in a raucous and colourful protest against last week's referendum vote to leave the European Union. Ashraf Fahim reports.

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The bell may already have tolled for anti-Brexit Londoners. But they're refusing to give up the fight. Thousands of mainly young people marched in favor of staying in the EU. The city voted sixty percent "Remain" in last week's referendum that was narrowly won by the "Leave" campaign. But breaking up is hard to do… And after the political and economic turmoil in the referendum's wake, they're making the case for a rethink… PHD student Lydia Prieg said the vote takes Britain backwards. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHD STUDENT, LYDIA PRIEG, SAYING: "I also believe, just from a perspective of identity, I feel European and I think it's really sad that in this modern era we're turning away from our neighbours and looking in." The demonstration got a little bit of star power when pop star Bob Geldof addressed the crowd. The Boomtown Rat and Live Aid organizer told young people they need to win over their opponents. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MUSICIAN, BOB GELDOF, SAYING: "Get out on the streets with your friends, in the colleges, get active, properly active. And go and meet the people who voted to get out and understand why they voted out and try and persuade them that maybe it was the wrong decision." Anti-Brexit campaigners are calling for a second referendum, hoping the uncertainty caused by the Leave vote may give their opponents pause the next time around.

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Londoners march against Brexit vote

Saturday, July 02, 2016 - 01:21