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Brits in France join London march to demand referendum on final Brexit deal

Brits in France are heading to London on Saturday to join a demonstration to demand a 'People's Vote' on the final Brexit deal.

Brits in France join London march to demand referendum on final Brexit deal
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Members of the Remain in France Together (RIFT), Expat citizen rights in EU (Ecreu) and Brexpats – Hear Our Voice groups are set to join the march for a second referendum as well as to demand that if it takes place, Brits living in Europe should be allowed to take part in it. 
 
Campaigners are promising it will be “the biggest ever pro-European march”, with the event set to take place on the second anniversary of the Leave vote. 
 
“The fact that hundreds of British people living in France and across the EU are travelling to London this weekend shows just how strongly we all feel, two years on,” Kalba Meadows, one of the founders of the RIFT group said. 
 
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“Two years of living in limbo, of being used in the negotiations as poker chips, with elements of our rights being openly horse-traded … it's been, and still is, unbelievably tough.”

“On Saturday we'll be walking under the British in Europe banner and alongside our EU friends from the3million to demand that we also have a chance to take part in a 'People's Vote'. Most of us had no say in the referendum that turned our lives upside down – to exclude us from this vote, if it happens, would be nothing short of criminal.”
 
Meadows said that there would be about 50 or 60 people from RIFT, Brits in France in the Ecreu and BHOV goups, as well as people who aren't members of groups. 
 
“A guesstimate would be 150 to 200 including supportive family members, but you never know until the day!”
 
British Prime Minister Theresa May has firmly ruled out the idea of a second referendum but MPs from both the Conservative and Labour parties have suggested that she could yet change her mind. 
 
 

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Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

A week after chaotic scenes and 6-hour queues at the port of Dover, the British motoring organisation the AA has issued an amber traffic warning, and says it expects cross-Channel ports to be very busy once again this weekend as holidaymakers head to France.

Amber alert: Travellers to France warned of another busy weekend at UK ports

The AA issued the amber warning on Thursday for the whole of the UK, the first time that it has issued this type of warning in advance.

Roads across the UK are predicted to be extremely busy due to a combination of holiday getaways, several large sporting events and a rail strike – but the organisation said that it expected traffic to once again be very heavy around the port of Dover and the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone.

Last weekend there was gridlock in southern England and passengers heading to France enduring waits of more than six hours at Dover, and four hours at Folkestone.

The AA said that while it doesn’t expect quite this level of chaos to be repeated, congestion was still expected around Dover and Folkestone.

On Thursday ferry operator DFDS was advising passengers to allow two hours to get through check-in and border controls, while at Folkestone, the Channel Tunnel operators only said there was a “slightly longer than usual” wait for border controls.

In both cases, passengers who miss their booked train or ferry while in the queue will be accommodated on the next available crossing with no extra charge.

Last weekend was the big holiday ‘getaway’ weekend as schools broke up, and a technical fault meant that some of the French border control team were an hour late to work, adding to the chaos. 

But the underlying problems remain – including extra checks needed in the aftermath of Brexit, limited space for French passport control officers at Dover and long lorry queues on the motorway heading to Folkestone.

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The port of Dover expects 140,000 passengers, 45,000 cars and 18,000 freight vehicles between Thursday and Sunday, and queues were already starting to build on Thursday morning.

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