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Protesters reacted with jubilation as MPs backed a delay to Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal.

Supporters of the “People’s Vote” second referendum campaign marched on Westminster calling for a “final say” on the new deal.

Protesters gathered outside Parliament as MPs sat on a Saturday for the first time in 37 years.

Organisers said up to a million people attended, while police said it was “very busy”.

Videos posted to social media showed the moment the vote for the amendment proposed by former Tory MP Oliver Letwin was announced.

MPs backed the measure, which withholds approval of Mr Johnson’s deal and forces him to seek a delay, by 322 votes to 306.

Protesters travelled from across the UK to attend the march, which started on Park Lane ended in Parliament Square.

Ali Lothian, 60, and Mettje Hunneman, 49, travelled from Dundee and Edinburgh respectively overnight to join the protest.

Ali told the BBC she felt it was the last chance to show how strongly she felt about having another vote.

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Mettje Hunneman, left, and Ali Lothian travelled from Dundee and Edinburgh for the march

She said: “It’s a big commitment – it’s a whole weekend. But I regretted not coming last time. This time it was a no-brainer.”

Mettje said the fact Parliament is sitting as well made it “a momentous day”. “I would not feel comfortable sitting at home – I’ve got pals who have got a gig tonight but I just couldn’t be there.”

Millie Bishop-Morris, 17, made the journey from Plymouth with her mum and boyfriend.

“I think it’s important that young people should be angry about this as well,” she said.

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Millie, from Plymouth, has never been on a march before

She added: “I just think Brexit has gone completely the wrong way. I want to be optimistic but I’m preparing myself for the worst.”

One group of protesters were seen pulling a float depicting top aide Dominic Cummings using Mr Johnson as a puppet.

With “Demonic Cummings” splashed across its forehead, the figure on the float appears to be wearing a Nazi uniform, including an armband which reads Get Brexit Done, and has a Union Jack moustache.

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At the scene

By Katie Wright, BBC News

It was deja vu for many people as they descended on the streets of central London once again to demand a final say on Brexit.

Six months on from the last big rally, there was bright sunshine and blue skies to greet the protesters – which included many returning faces, as well as those marching for the first time.

In March a carnival vibe accompanied the slow walk from Park Lane to Parliament Square, but university student Ben Stocks said the atmosphere this time was “more sombre”.

Another member of the crowd, Simon Gosden, 63, agreed, saying: “There’s more of an air of tension. We know we’re getting down to the nitty gritty – it’s all or nothing.”

As of Saturday morning, more than £500,000 had been donated to support the protest, with cross-party politicians calling on people to get involved.

‘Honour democratic values’

People’s Vote organisers are also asking people to sign a letter to Boris Johnson, EU leaders, MPs, and MEPs, asking them to allow “the chance to check whether we want to proceed with Brexit”.

In an email to supporters this morning, Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the letter “asks them to honour our shared democratic values, it asks them not to turn away from us now and deny us the chance for a final say.

“Add your name to the letter now and send a message to the powerful.”

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Crowds march through central London towards Westminster

Meanwhile, Brexit supporters are due to take to the streets in Manchester on Saturday.

The “march for democracy”‘ will take place near Manchester Cathedral, organised by Leavers of Greater Manchester.

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Protesters gather in Parliament Square at the heart of Westminster

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Crowds march down Whitehall towards Parliament

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