Brexit 'People's Vote' march - live updates

By Jack Guy, CNN
4:05 p.m. ET, March 23, 2019
1:16 p.m. ET, March 23, 2019

Why did "1 million" people march in London?

As the speeches end and protesters file away from Parliament Square, here is a roundup of the day's main developments.

  • Organizers claim that 1 million people took to the streets of the British capital today. CNN has not been able to verify this figure and London's Metropolitan Police are not commenting on crowd estimates.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May came in for heavy criticism from speakers in Parliament Square at a time when she is already facing calls to resign.
  • The UK is gearing up for another crucial week in the torturous Brexit process as the PM attempts to convince MPs to vote her deal through Parliament.
1:08 p.m. ET, March 23, 2019

Brexit brings Brits to the streets

“It’s been over 10 years since I have been on a march," said Naomi Penfold, 29, from Cambridge.

"Normally Brits stay quiet and grumble but with Brexit there is too much at stake.”

Naomi Penfield had not protested for years, until today.

12:48 p.m. ET, March 23, 2019

"You don't speak for us," Labour deputy leader tells May

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has implored Theresa May to "have a look out of the window" and "look at this great crowd today" in a tweet following his speech in Parliament Square.

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 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

Charlotte Graham and daughter Tilly

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.

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"For UK's Sake Stop Brexit"

"If EU leave me now EU take away the biggest part of me"

"May May we wanna stay"