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The Latest: Protesters in London demand halt to Brexit

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A woman wearing a hat with the EU flag, holds a pole with a British and Spanish flag during an anti Brexit protest in the Plaza Margaret Thatcher in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Coinciding with the anti Brexit march in London, the Eurocitizens campaign group have organized a protest in the Spanish capital calling for the protection of British citizens living in Spain while asking for a second Brexit referendum. (AP Photo/Paul White)

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

9 p.m.

Anti-Brexit protesters flooded into central London by the hundreds of thousands, demanding that Britain's Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union.

The "People's Vote March" on Saturday snaked from Park Lane and other locations to converge on the U.K. Parliament, where the fate of Brexit will be decided in the coming weeks.

Marchers carried European Union flags and signs praising the longstanding ties between Britain and continental Europe. The protest drew people from across Britain who are determined to force Prime Minister Theresa May's government to alter its march toward Brexit.

Independent legislator Chuka Umunna and others supporting a second Brexit referendum estimated the crowd at 1 million.

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12:35 p.m.

Around 100 British expats have rallied in the Spanish capital against Britain leaving the European Union.

The protesters chanted slogans against Brexit and many also held up homemade signs, including "17,410,742 people need a good spanking," in reference to the number of Britons who supported leaving the EU in a 2016 vote.

The gathering in Madrid's Margaret Thatcher Plaza on Saturday comes before what is expected to be a massive march in London in favor of a second Brexit referendum.

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11:25 a.m.

Protesters are gathering in central London before what is expected to be a massive march in favor of a second Brexit referendum.

The march will conclude outside Parliament, where the fate of the Brexit plan hangs in the balance.

Organizers are hoping to convince lawmakers to back a new referendum on whether Britain should follow through on plans to leave the European Union.

Britain opted to leave in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been stalled by political discord.

Tom Watson, the deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other political figures are scheduled to address the crowd.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is not expected to attend. He has not been a strong supporter of the movement seeking a second vote.

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7 a.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told lawmakers she may not seek passage of her Brexit withdrawal plan in Parliament next week.

The embattled leader wrote to lawmakers Friday night saying she would bring the bill back to Parliament "if it appears that there is sufficient support."

She also says she would need the approval of House Speaker John Bercow to bring the plan back for a third time despite his objections.

Lawmakers have twice rejected the deal. Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on April 12 if no deal is approved.

She told lawmakers Britain still has options including an extension that would require taking part in European Parliament elections in May.

In a conciliatory note, she also offered to meet with lawmakers to discuss Brexit policy.

Demonstrators carry posters and flags during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A young girl sits with a split British and Spanish flag during an anti Brexit protest in the Plaza Margaret Thatcher in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Coinciding with the anti Brexit march in London, the Eurocitizens campaign group have organized a protest in the Spanish capital calling for the protection of British citizens living in Spain while asking for a second Brexit referendum. (AP Photo/Paul White)
A demonstrator holds a holds a poster during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator with his face painted in the EU colors waits for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Children wait for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator waits for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, March 22, 2019. Worn down by three years of indecision in London, EU leaders on Thursday were grudgingly leaning toward giving the U.K. more time to ease itself out of the bloc. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Graphic explains the road ahead and the various Brexit options still in play;
A demonstrator and her dog wait for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator holds a dog on a leash as people start gathering for a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator sits on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A demonstrator sits on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A demonstrator in an astronaut suit carries a sign during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
An effigy of British Prime Minister Theresa May passes by Downing Street during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Anti-Brexit protesters swarmed the streets of central London by the tens of thousands on Saturday, demanding that Britain's Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator sits on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Demonstrators carry posters and flags during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Demonstrators carry posters and flags during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, March 22, 2019. Worn down by three years of indecision in London, EU leaders on Thursday were grudgingly leaning toward giving the U.K. more time to ease itself out of the bloc. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, March 22, 2019. Worn down by three years of indecision in London, EU leaders on Thursday were grudgingly leaning toward giving the U.K. more time to ease itself out of the bloc. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A demonstrator in an astronaut suit carries a sign during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator in an astronaut suit carries a sign during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator with his face painted in the EU colors waits for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator with his face painted in the EU colors waits for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator holds a holds a poster during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator holds a holds a poster during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator holds a dog on a leash as people start gathering for a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator holds a dog on a leash as people start gathering for a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator sits on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A demonstrator sits on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A woman wearing a hat with the EU flag, holds a pole with a British and Spanish flag during an anti Brexit protest in the Plaza Margaret Thatcher in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Coinciding with the anti Brexit march in London, the Eurocitizens campaign group have organized a protest in the Spanish capital calling for the protection of British citizens living in Spain while asking for a second Brexit referendum. (AP Photo/Paul White)
A woman wearing a hat with the EU flag, holds a pole with a British and Spanish flag during an anti Brexit protest in the Plaza Margaret Thatcher in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Coinciding with the anti Brexit march in London, the Eurocitizens campaign group have organized a protest in the Spanish capital calling for the protection of British citizens living in Spain while asking for a second Brexit referendum. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Graphic explains the road ahead and the various Brexit options still in play;
Graphic explains the road ahead and the various Brexit options still in play;
A demonstrator waits for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator waits for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator sits on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A demonstrator sits on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A demonstrator sits on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A demonstrator sits on one of the lions in Trafalgar Square during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A demonstrator and her dog wait for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A demonstrator and her dog wait for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Children wait for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Children wait for the start of a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. The march, organized by the People's Vote campaign is calling for a final vote on any proposed Brexit deal. This week the EU has granted Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May a delay to the Brexit process. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A young girl sits with a split British and Spanish flag during an anti Brexit protest in the Plaza Margaret Thatcher in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Coinciding with the anti Brexit march in London, the Eurocitizens campaign group have organized a protest in the Spanish capital calling for the protection of British citizens living in Spain while asking for a second Brexit referendum. (AP Photo/Paul White)
A young girl sits with a split British and Spanish flag during an anti Brexit protest in the Plaza Margaret Thatcher in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Coinciding with the anti Brexit march in London, the Eurocitizens campaign group have organized a protest in the Spanish capital calling for the protection of British citizens living in Spain while asking for a second Brexit referendum. (AP Photo/Paul White)
An effigy of British Prime Minister Theresa May passes by Downing Street during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Anti-Brexit protesters swarmed the streets of central London by the tens of thousands on Saturday, demanding that Britain's Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
An effigy of British Prime Minister Theresa May passes by Downing Street during a Peoples Vote anti-Brexit march in London, Saturday, March 23, 2019. Anti-Brexit protesters swarmed the streets of central London by the tens of thousands on Saturday, demanding that Britain's Conservative-led government hold a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)