(CNN)For 29-year-old communications worker Naomi Penfold, taking the train down to London from Cambridge for Saturday’s “Put It to the People” rally was daunting.
Armed with a homemade sign saying, “I’m British and I’m bothered,” Penfold said she wants Brexit overturned, as smoothly as possible and as soon as possible, like many of the people who took part in London’s biggest protests since the Iraq war.
More than a million participated in the marches, organizers said. CNN has not independently verified the figure.
The marchers had plenty of concerns.
Nico Hall, who is half-Portuguese, traveled to London from Sheffield with his 4 1/2 year old rescue greyhound Ginnie. He said he’s worried about her pet passport because he takes her abroad a lot.
“She’s after a Wooferendum,” he said jokingly, referring to a makeshift coat he had fashioned for her out of sheets of paper that said the same.
Briton Barry Englefield and his German wife, Waltraud, traveled 140 miles to London from Monmouth in South Wales for the march.
“There is no us and them between the UK and the EU,” Waltraud said. “There is only all of us. Europeans.”
She is one of the 3 million EU citizens who doesn’t know whether they can stay after Brexit and hasn’t yet applied for permission to stay after the UK leaves the bloc. “Brexit will never break us apart,” said Barry.
But Penfold said Saturday’s march was about displaying how many Brits were opposed to leaving the bloc, Penfold said.
“It’s about showing the rest of the world,” she told CNN. “This may not make a difference in (Parliament), but I want everyone to know how many in the UK want in, not out. And we are united in that.”
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