Thousands of Britons up and down the country have taken to the streets to protest the government’s plans to take the UK out of the European Union.

On the twelve-month anniversary of Theresa May triggering Article 50, before she called an early election and the Conservatives lost their mandate to govern, rallies were held in cities and towns in England, Scotland, Wales, and Nothern Ireland.

Despite the north of England being described as Brexit heartlands, the biggest rally was held in Leeds, where more than 5,000 people marched together to demonstrate against the economic and societal pain Brexit will inflict on those across the UK.

The Great Northern March saw peaceful protesters carrying a huge EU flags and a variety of signs and banners through the centre of the city before amassing at the Leeds Art Gallery for speeches from Lord Adonis, Green Party co-leader Jonathan Bartley, and others.

In Edinburgh, the March for Europe also saw large crows gather to demonstrate against Westminster dragging Scotland out of the EU, despite Scotland voting heavily in favour of Remain in the referendum

Grass-roots organised regional rallies were held in Exeter, Ipswich, Isle of White, Lincoln, Maidenhead, Newcastle, Oxford, Pontypridd, Sussex, with smaller protests also being held elsewhere.

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