Brexit 'People's Vote' march - live updates

12:35 p.m. ET, March 23, 2019

May bears responsibility for crisis, says former deputy prime minister

Former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine gave an impassioned speech Saturday.
Former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine gave an impassioned speech Saturday.

Former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine criticized Theresa May in a speech in Parliament Square.

“The Prime Minister herself bears a heavy personal responsibility for our current crisis,” he said, adding that her criticism of MPs last Wednesday was an "affront to parliamentary democracy."

Generals who lose wars blame their troops, managers who break their companies blame the workers, said Heseltine.

"Now we can add: Prime ministers who lose elections blame their MPs," he said, before calling for a second referendum.

"One way or another, you the people must decide. You the people must be free to vote to remain."

12:37 p.m. ET, March 23, 2019

"We are sleepwalking towards disaster"

Private equity director Jonty Graham, 35, and PR executive Charlotte Graham, 32, are attending the protest with their daughters Poppy, 5 and Tilly, 4.

"We are sleepwalking towards disaster," Jonty Graham told CNN.

"I have lots of friends who I play with who are French and Spanish and I like playing with them," said Tilly.

Jonty Graham with daughter Poppy
Jonty Graham with daughter Poppy Anna Stewart, CNN

Charlotte Graham and daughter Tilly
Charlotte Graham and daughter Tilly Anna Stewart, CNN

12:39 p.m. ET, March 23, 2019

Time-lapse video shows crowds in Parliament Square

The Independent Group, a cross-party bloc of rebel anti-Brexit MPs, has posted a time-lapse video showing the crowd in Parliament Square.

11:50 a.m. ET, March 23, 2019

Rebel lawmaker calls on colleagues to support second referendum

MP Anna Soubry, who recently left the Conservative party to join a breakaway cross-party bloc known as the Independent Group, spoke to crowds in Parliament Square.

In a video posted on Twitter by Independent Group MP Chris Leslie, Soubry said former Conservative colleagues have told her in private that they know a so-called "people's vote" is the only solution.

"Put your country first," she said, urging MPs to support a second referendum.

11:29 a.m. ET, March 23, 2019

"Brexit is a complete and utter mess," says London Mayor

London Mayor Sadiq Khan addressed the crowds in Parliament Square this afternoon, and also called for a People's Vote on Twitter.

11:31 a.m. ET, March 23, 2019

Protest signs out in force

Take a look at a few of these protest signs for a bit of light relief.

Getty Images
Getty Images
"For UK's Sake Stop Brexit"
"For UK's Sake Stop Brexit" Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

"If EU leave me now EU take away the biggest part of me"
"If EU leave me now EU take away the biggest part of me" Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

"May May we wanna stay"
"May May we wanna stay" ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images

10:58 a.m. ET, March 23, 2019

"The result of the 2016 referendum was not well informed"

Charles told CNN that people should get to vote again on Brexit now that there is more information available.
Charles told CNN that people should get to vote again on Brexit now that there is more information available. Duarte Mendonca, CNN

Passionate Remainer Charles, 63, a retired teacher from Ripon in North Yorkshire, told CNN that the EU was not perfect but it has contributed to peace in the last 70 years.

"The country had the chance to vote on a principle but now we know a bit more of what the reality would be and people need the chance to say if they want that reality," he added.

If people say they want Brexit now -- knowing what it involves -- I would respect that, Charles added.

10:54 a.m. ET, March 23, 2019

Demonstrators of all ages are hitting London's streets

The march is something of a family day out for Boscy, Robyn and Muffie.
The march is something of a family day out for Boscy, Robyn and Muffie. Nina dos Santos, CNN

Anti-Brexit protesters have flooded towards London from across the country, bringing multiple generations of families together.

Some are carrying babies, others are celebrating their birthdays with family and friends, and relatives have met up together in the capital to protest.

Boscy, Robyn and Muffie have traveled from Brighton, Woking and Bath respectively. The niece, daughter and mother are on their third march in two years since Article 50 was triggered.

“We must revoke," said Muffie. "We owe it to the people."

10:36 a.m. ET, March 23, 2019

Protesters gather for speeches in Parliament Square

A number of anti-Brexit campaigners will address the crowd in Parliament Square.
A number of anti-Brexit campaigners will address the crowd in Parliament Square. Hadas Gold/CNN

Demonstrators are congregating in Parliament Square ahead of planned appearances from a number of anti-Brexit figures.

Saturday's route for the "Put It To The People" march saw protesters start at Park Lane before heading towards Parliament Square in central London.

London mayor Sadiq Khan, Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine are all set to address protesters.