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British residents in Malaga travel to London for the Put it to the People march

Bremain in Spain members at the anti Brexit march last October.
Bremain in Spain members at the anti Brexit march last October. / SUR
  • Protesters are calling for the people to be consulted before any further decisions on Brexit are acted upon

Numerous Brits living in Malaga will be among at least 100 UK residents in Spain travelling to London for Saturday's Put it to the People march, to call on the government to give the UK population another chance to vote on Brexit.

Biggest march to date

It is expected to be the biggest anti-Brexit demonstration to date and hundreds of thousands of protesters will be calling for a people's vote. For many this is a "now or never" moment to get their voices heard, with less than a week before the date set by the British government for the UK to leave the EU, and with parliament voting against a second referendum but in favour of extending Article 50 last week.

Bremain in Spain chair, Sue Wilson said in a press release this week, "If Theresa May can keep asking parliament the same question, how can she deny the public a second chance?"

Theresa O'Shea, an English teacher who has lived in Malaga province for over 20 years, is travelling to London especially for the march. She told SUR in English, "I wasn't allowed to vote in the ballot box, so I'm voting with my feet." Theresa will be meeting up with the Bremain in Spain group who are gathering at Green Park tube station at 11:30 and will join the march from there.

Other groups that represent Britons abroad and Spanish residents living in the UK to be joining Bremain in Spain include In Limbo Project, Brexpats-Hear our voice and Españoles en Reino Unido.

Tamara Essex, a British resident living in Malaga, will also be walking with the Bremain in Spain group, explained why she decided to fly to London for the march.

"We are at such a critical moment for the future of our country. The Prime Minister is determined to have two, three, four votes on her deal, trying to get people to change their minds, despite nothing having changed between votes. All we are asking is the chance to look at all the new information that has emerged in the last two years, and have a second referendum, because we know that many sensible people have changed their minds because of that new information."

She added, "I feel I have to march in London to play a tiny part in showing the government what we want."

Spaniards in London

Carmen Ortega and José Luis Millet, who are both from Vélez-Málaga but have lived and worked as teachers in London for over five years, are also planning to go to the event.

Millet told SUR in English, "I am going to the march because the UK deserves another opportunity to vote, as politicians lied to the people and now everyone has seen the negative consequences of those lies."

Ortega said, "I have made London my home. I work and pay my taxes here and have a life here now. I have spent the last three years worrying about my future and I feel strongly that Brexit is having a huge, negative effect on my life."

Anyone travelling to London for the march on Saturday is invited to meet up with other Brits and Spaniards at Green Park underground station from 11.30am.