LONDON: Tens of thousands of people have marched through London to protest against the vote to leave the EU.

Starting at Hyde Park, the crowd made its way via Pall Mall and Whitehall to Parliament Square, where there were speeches.

The March For Europe demonstration was organised on social media by comedian Mark Thomas who wanted to express his "anger, frustration and need to do something".

He said: "We would accept the result of the referendum if it was fought on a level playing field. But it was full of misinformation and people need to do something with their frustration."

The crowd starting off near Hyde Park corner Musician Jarvis Cocker recorded a video message for the estimated 30,000 people who took part in the march.

In the message filmed in a recording studio in Paris, the Pulp frontman held up a world map and said: "You cannot deny geography. The UK is in Europe. How can you take it out?"

Some protesters, using the Twitter handle @wewantbackin, said they are handing out banners and megaphones.

Flags bearing the EU circle of stars, along with banners bearing slogans that include: "EU & me always & forever".

Bill Baker, 59, from  Islington, north London, attended the march with his 22-year-old daughter Jess.

Mr Baker said: "We didn't want to leave but if you respect the decision of the referendum, which we should, we still want Britain to be EU orientated, outward looking and inclusive."

Genevieve Parke, 34, who is seven months pregnant, marched carrying an EU flag with her two-year-old son Ernest.

Mrs Parke, who lives in London but is originally from Fermanagh close to the border in Northern Ireland, said: "Leaving the EU will have a polarising effect on communities at home again.

"I don't want to go back to a border with guns and checkpoints. That will bring back a lot of horrible memories for people, if nothing else."

William Dramard, 36, moved from France to Manchester to study 16 years ago.
The engineer, whose wife is Finnish, said: "My family exists thanks to the EU. One of the reasons my wife and I came here was because of freedom of movement. We met here and started our life together here.

"This is what we consider to be our home now."

Philippa Griffin, 40, from Hertfordshire, said: "I'm absolutely outraged at the way people
voted, the lies the referendum was based on and the divide in the country because of it."

From the stage in Parliament Square, former Eastenders actor and Labour MEP Lord Cashman told the crowd: "No more lies, no more hate.

"We need to uphold the values of democracy and inclusiveness which are at the heart of the EU and this country.

"We must not let right-wing, narrow-minded nationalism nor xenophobia define us. We are better than that.

"I honestly believe the disinformation in this campaign has undermined our democracy. Decent British values are also the values of the European Union."