'Parliament is in chaos and doesn't seem to care our futures. Let the people decide.'


By James Cleaver, Online News Editor

University of Bristol students descended on London on Saturday 23 March for a million-strong protest to call for a People's Vote on any proposed Brexit deal.

The demonstration, the largest since the 2003 protest against the Iraq War, saw students come from across the country to the capital, responding to calls from groups such as Our Future Our Choice (OFOC) and the student-led For Our Future's Sake (FFS).

Despite the SU not laying on any travel for the occasion, a train was specially chartered from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington by Bristol For Europe and Bath For Europe, complementing the nine coaches laid on by Bristol For Europe.

Sally Patterson, the Student Union's Equality, Liberation and Access Officer told Epigram that 'I was so proud to bring Bristol students to the march. We joined over a million people in demanding a say on the final Brexit deal. Parliament is in chaos and don’t seem to care about our students, our Universities, and our futures. Let the people decide.'

Joe Monkman, a third-year History student said: 'I went to show solidarity for the cause and because of frustration at how the government has dealt with the process. The march will hopefully put pressure on and show how much support there is for a People's Vote.'

The march from Park Lane to Parliament Square concluded with speeches from students, celebrities and politicians, including the Labour Party's Deputy Leader Tom Watson and London's Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Meanwhile a petition calling for Parliament to revoke Article 50 has surpassed five million signatures, making it the most-signed parliamentary petition in UK history. Over 33,000 people from Bristol West have signed up, the most of any constituency in the country.

Featured image: James Cleaver / Epigram

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