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Islington out in force on People’s Vote march – but no local MPs

Thousands of Remain-supporting residents marched through the capital, as Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry stayed away

29 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Islington residents who took part in Saturday’s march

REMAIN-supporting Islington residents joined hundreds of thousands of people who marched through the streets of the capital calling for a second referendum.

Residents feel their voice is not being heard by the government and have “genuine fears about Brexit”, Islington in Europe spokesman Nick Turton said.

He added: “Islington was out in force at the march – including big numbers of local Labour members. Labour deputy leader Tom Watson and other MPs were there committing to a People’s Vote with great passion – but Islington’s MPs were Awol.”

Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn and Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry were not present at the march.

A petition calling on the government to revoke Article 50, the legislation passed by parliament that allows the UK to leave the EU, hit almost six million signatures as we went to press. About 50,000 Islington residents have signed the petition.

Mr Turton said: “This is a moment of national crisis. The prime minister has been driving us all to the edge of a cliff and refusing to put her foot on the brakes.

“Now with Parliament taking control of the way forward, our message to Jeremy, Emily and their party is loud and clear – please stop Mrs May in her tracks and protect the British people by providing unequivocal, honest and brave support for a People’s Vote on any Brexit deal.”

The UK was set to leave the EU today (Friday), but the EU have granted an extension to April 12.

Jeremy Corbyn said: “I understand the worry and concern people across the constituency have regarding the current Brexit situation, but I want to assure everybody Labour will do all it can over the next few days and weeks to stop a no-deal or a harmful Tory Brexit.”

Parliament effectively took control of the Brexit process this week as MPs tabled “indicative” motions on how the government should take the negotiations forward. However, none of the proposals received a majority in the House of Commons.

Mrs Thornberry added: “In line with the policy that was agreed at our party conference, Labour will continue to demand the lock of a public vote to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or no deal being imposed on our country, and indeed, even if our alternative proposals could command a narrow consensus in Parliament, I think it would be only right to ask the public on both sides of this debate whether they agree.”

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