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#MarchForEurope: Thousands Take Part In Pro-EU Rallies But Brexiters Say It's Sour Grapes

The Twitter debate quickly turned nasty.

03/09/2016 14:09 | Updated 03 September 2016

Thousands of pro-EU supporters have taken to the streets to protest in the wake of the Brexit vote, sparking trolling from some Leave voters who called them “sore losers” who wanted to overturn democracy.

March For Europe demonstrators in London, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh are demanding a halt to the Brexit process, with some sharing GIFs saying “nothing is set in stone”.

They are also asking for voters to be consulted at every stage of the negotiations, ITV reported.

Saturday’s marches are backed by figures including the new co-leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, Labour’s Chuka Umunna, writer Owen Jones and comedian Eddie Izzard.

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But soon after marches got underway at 11am they were being lambasted by some Brexit supporters, who accused the protestors of opposing the democratic outcome of the referendum.

UKIP parliamentary candidate Steven Winstone said the demonstrators were “having a tantrum”.

Even some Remain voters thought the protest was misguided:

Some Brexiters shared pictures of fascist marches from Nazi Germany, claiming the March for Europe participants were protesting “against democracy”. 

The taunting remarks went on:

And on:

 

And on - with many critics also pointing out that the vote was to leave the EU, not Europe:

 

Peter Tatchell, the human rights and LGBT activist, voiced his support for the protest, only to be called a “sore loser” and asked if he was “against democracy”:

He replied that he would have respected the right of pro-Brexit campaigners to demonstrate, had they lost the referendum:

Owen Jones, the prominent Guardian columnist who is speaking at the marches, said that the protests were not aimed at “overturning” the referendum result.

Caroline Lucas, the new co-leader of the Greens, shared a similar sentiment:

The day of protests follows a similar set of event in July, and saw people waving banners can singing “EU, we love you” in cities around the country.

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    Demonstrators on an anti-Brexit March for Europe hold EU flags as they march to Parliament Square in central London on September 3, 2016. Thousands marched in central London to Parliament Square in a pro-Europe rally against the referendum vote to leave the European Union. They were met by a smaller static counter-protest of those in favour of Brexit. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Demonstrators on an anti-Brexit March for Europe hold EU flags as they march to Parliament Square in central London on September 3, 2016. Thousands marched in central London to Parliament Square in a pro-Europe rally against the referendum vote to leave the European Union. They were met by a smaller static counter-protest of those in favour of Brexit. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    BRISTOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: People march on a pro-EU demonstration through the city centre of Bristol on September 3, 2016 in Bristol, England. A series of marches are taking place today in various cities by supporters of the UK remaining in the European Union ahead of a parliamentary debate about Brexit on Monday. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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    BRISTOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Pro-EU demonstrators listen to speakers during a pro-Europe march on September 3, 2016 in Bristol, England. A series of marches are taking place today in various cities by supporters of the UK remaining in the European Union ahead of a parliamentary debate about Brexit on Monday. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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    A man carrying an anti-EU placard joins a counter protest against pro-Europe marchers on a March for Europe demonstration against the Brexit vote in Parliament Square in central London on September 3, 2016. Thousands marched in central London to Parliament Square in a pro-Europe rally against the referendum vote to leave the European Union. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    A man joining a pro-Brexit counter protest holds a Union Flag as demonstrators on an anti-Brexit March for Europe holding EU flags file past in Parliament Square in central London on September 3, 2016. Thousands marched in central London to Parliament Square in a pro-Europe rally against the referendum vote to leave the European Union. They were met by a smaller static counter-protest of those in favour of Brexit. / AFP / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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    BRISTOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: People march on a pro-EU demonstration through the city centre of Bristol on September 3, 2016 in Bristol, England. A series of marches are taking place today in various cities by supporters of the UK remaining in the European Union ahead of a parliamentary debate about Brexit on Monday. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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    BRISTOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: People march on a pro-EU demonstration through the city centre of Bristol on September 3, 2016 in Bristol, England. A series of marches are taking place today in various cities by supporters of the UK remaining in the European Union ahead of a parliamentary debate about Brexit on Monday. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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