The March for Change demonstration has kicked off in central London as protesters demand resources be directed towards the NHS, schools and affordable housing instead of Brexit provision. The balloon depicts the ex-foreign secretary with his distinctive flyaway blonde mop of hair and a T-shirt with a picture of the famous Brexit bus with ‘£350m’ scrawled across it. This is a nod to the slogan on the Leave campaign’s bus in the run up to the June 2016 Brexit referendum, which read: “We send the EU £350 million a week, let’s fund our NHS instead.”
Campaigners say they wasn’t to “make it clear to Boris Johnson that we want to stop the Brexit chaos”.
The march kicked off at noon, with crowds leaving Park Lane making their way towards Parliament Square.
Organisers Britain for Europe said: “While politicians have spent the last three years arguing about what Brexit looks like, all the issues that led to Brexit in the first place have gotten worse.
“Our NHS is in crisis, our schools are having to beg for stationery and we still don’t have nearly enough affordable housing.
“When the UK first narrowly voted to leave in 2016, the promise was that we would leave with a better deal.
“Three years later, and Boris Johnson wants to force us out without a deal. We need change and we need it now.”
The blimp will be joined by 9ft puppet depicting Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, organised by Best for Britain.
A stilt-walker will hold up the caricature of the ex-UKIP leader alongside a puppet of Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is also vying for the Tory down.
A number of celebrities have vowed to show up, including Gavin Esler and Ayesha Hazarika.
Billy Bragg tweeted he would be “singing a few songs” in Parliament Square where the crowds will gather to hear speeches.
The British singer-songwriter summed Brexit up as a “Tory psychodrama that David Cameron dragged us all into”.
Anti-Brexit groups from across the country have descended on the capital carrying placards which read: “I’m 15, don’t let Brexit steal my future”, and “Exit from Brexit”.