THOUSANDS of anti-EU protesters yesterday marched in a Brexit Betrayal rally led by controversial activist Tommy Robinson at the same time as a rival opposition demonstration took place.
Protesters carried banners, signs and flags as they descended on central London for the pro-Brexit rally. UKIP leader Gerard Batten was among crowds of demonstrators calling for Brexit.
Protesters held signs reading "Brexit means exit" and "make Brexit happen" as they took part in the march which ended outside the Houses of Parliament.
Addressing the crowds, Mr Batten said: "If Parliament does not take Britain out of the European Union it will be the biggest constitutional crisis since the English Civil War.
"In 1642 the king put himself in opposition to parliament. Parliament won and the king lost his head.
"If Parliament betrays Brexit they will be putting themselves in opposition of the people and if they win you will lose your liberty."
But some 15,000 people attended the rival counter-demonstration, according to Momentum.
The opposition protest, organised by Labour supporters and anti-fascists, marched from Portland Place to Whitehall.
Police imposed restrictions on both marches to avoid clashes between the two sides.
Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: "The right to protest is a fundamental right in our democratic society, but this right must be balanced against the right of people to go about their day without fear of violence, disorder or disruption."
The Brexit Betrayal march kicked off at 12.30pm in Park Lane, while the opposition protest started at Portland Place at 12pm.