Brexit latest: Patrick Stewart backs campaigners calling for a 'people's vote'

Sir Patrick Stewart has backed hundreds of people set to march through central London calling for a second Brexit vote.

Opponents of leaving the EU are staging a “people power” rally to push for a referendum on the final exit deal.

Around 1,000 campaigners are expected to gather in London calling for a “people’s vote”, including the X Men actor and politicians from across the political spectrum.

Before the event, he told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show that the calls for a fresh vote were “part of democratic process”.

Asked what he would say to people who voted for Brexit, he told the programme “what we are doing is in their benefit”.

The People’s Vote campaign will demand voters are given the final say rather than Parliament on the deal secured by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Liberal Democrat education spokeswoman Layla Moran will tell crowds: “It may seem like the odds are stacked against us as a movement, but fighting for what you believe in is never easy.

“We are short on time, but we have people power on our side. Together, we are on the verge of something extraordinary.”

The campaign brings together nine grassroots campaigning organisations in a joint push for a vote.

Economist Mariana Mazzucato, Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed and comedian Andy Parsons are also expected to attend.

James McGrory, executive director of Open Britain – which is supporting the People’s Vote campaign, said: “Whether you think the Government will negotiate a good deal or bad deal, Brexit is definitely a big deal.

“Brexit is not inevitable. What the Government comes back with, not what was promised in the referendum, will be the real deal. It should not be a done deal.

“Brexit will affect everybody in the country, which is why it should not be left to 650 politicians to decide our future but 65 million people. That is why so many are demanding a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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