On Saturday a number of people from around the UK travelled to central London in order to demand a second EU Referendum vote over the upset of losing. There have been numerous accusations that the EU were responsible for funding the event as well as a cash trail that has led to international financier George Soros.
20 well known household names each gave thousands of pounds including comedians Eddie Izzard (pictured below) Patrick Kielty, Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs, historian Dan Snow and novelist Ian McEwan.
Rebel Tory MPs Anna Soubry and Phillip Lee were among the politicians who joined former deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine, former Cabinet minister Peter Mandelson and former Labour MP David Miliband to pay for the demonstrators transport.
However, more surprising names among the list were former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, Countdown host Nick Hewer, former England and Liverpool football Jamie Carragher and ex-Sky Sports presenter Richard Keys. Comedy actor Steve Coogan was also among the names listed on the People’s Vote website as having paid for coaches.
Labour Spin Doctor Alistair Campbell who famously oversaw the ‘dodgy dossier’ that sent Britain to war in Iraq said
In her conference speech Theresa May dismissed the People’s Vote as a campaign by politicians.
This is a movement of people of all backgrounds and all regions who see Brexit going wrong and want a say on the outcome of the negotiations.”
“The decision has been made and it needs to be implemented.”
Saturday’s march was organised by People’s Vote which is a co-ordinated grouping of anti-Brexit organisations who argue the public should be given a final say on the Brexit deal negotiated by Theresa May.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable both spoke at the rally. The People’s Vote campaign is made up of groups including Open Britain (set up by Gina Miller), Britain for Europe, Scientists for EU, Our Future Our Choice and the European Movement UK and claims to have more than 700,000 campaign supports and over a million followers on social media.
Gary Lineker is also now backing the campaign for a second Brexit referendum, saying: “Some things in life are more important than football.”
The ex-footballer has united with the People’s Vote group as they are set to launch a series of rallies and protests across the UK calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal.
Lineker, who spouts off about the UK’s departure from the EU on Twitter since the Leave vote in 2016, said:
I spent most of the last few weeks totally focused on a fantastic World Cup. But it was impossible to avoid what was happening in the Brexit debate back home. Now I’m back I find the whole thing more bewildering and worrying than ever.
Whether you voted Leave or Remain, did anyone really vote for the mess we seem to be in, let alone the prospect of no deal with all the terrible consequences attached to that? Brexit feels like it is going very wrong indeed.
The politicians seem unable to resolve the problem the people gave them in voting to Leave. That is why I think there should be a People’s Vote on the final deal, and why I am sending best wishes and good luck to the campaigners who will be stepping up the pressure over the summer.”
Lineker is the highest paid BBC presenter and earns £1.75 million per year. However a BBC source has said that in position as a freelance broadcaster, and a presenter who does not front news or politics programmes, means that he does not have to abide by their rules on impartiality.