Angry scenes as police separate Leave and Remain protesters at anti-Brexit rallies across Britain (and Eddie Izzard has his pink beret knocked off)
- March for Europe launched to pressure Government to delay Article 50
- Protests in London, Birmingham, Oxford, Edinburgh and Cambridge
- Typically British scenes included gentleman in tweed waving a Union Flag
- And hundreds walked through rainy streets of Bristol during the protest
Thousands of pro-Europe protesters flooded Britain's cities today - leading to counter-demonstrations from Brexit voters.
In typically British scenes, a man in tweed held a Union Flag aloft in Parliament Square, while in Bristol hundreds trooped through the streets under steady rain.
The March for Europe was launched to ratchet up pressure on the Government to delay activating Article 50, the formal process of leaving the EU.
Simultaneous rallies supporting close economic, cultural and social links to Europe have taken place in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford, and Cambridge.
In London, Eddie Izzard's pink beret became the centre of police attention after it was swiped off his head along with his yellow bag by a protester in Whitehall.
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Swipe: A man in black with half his face covered, left, appears to take Eddie Izzard's hat and bag, as police rush to Mr Izzard's side
It's my bag! In this image, the man can be seen to hold a pink beret, which had been on Mr Izzard's head
Apprehended: Police officers bundled the man to the floor at the March for Europe protest in London today
Pinned: Above, several police officers hold down a man who appears to have taken a beret and a bag from Mr Izzard
Operation: A police officer checks on his colleagues as several are needed to bundle one protester to the ground
The pro-EU campaigner chased the man down the street in high heels, as a police officer attempted to hold him back.
Police grappled with the alleged thief, who was able to flee towards Parliament Square. Izzard then retrieved the beret from the suspect, who was dressed in black and had a bandanna covering half his face.
The Labour-supporting entertainer later gave a speech to a crowd of several thousand at the event, before his prize hat was taken away by police as evidence.
The comedian said: 'Somebody stole my hat. There were masked Brexit people, dark glasses, masked, skull teeth across [the masks].
'There was one guy, I was complaining about this to him, he went up and snatched my beret - which has a British flag and an EU flag on - and he marched off, he stole it.'
Izzard said he 'jumped on him to get it back and then he struggled more', saying that the police 'did fantastic, there was an inspector, some other officers in there, they took him down'.
He said: 'I got my beret back, but it's gone off as evidence - my beret is now in evidence,' adding: 'I'm out, transgender for 31 years and if anyone steals my pink beret, I'll get it back.'
The Met Police confirmed they had arrested a 26-year-old man shortly before 1.10pm, adding he was 'from a group of around four men who attempted to demonstrate against the march'.
Rule Britannia: A protestor waves a Union flag as he chants during the rally in central London
Heated: Two men go head to head as they fight Brexit versus pro European Union in London
A very British protest: A man wearing tweed holds up a Union flag and speaks into a loudspeaker while a rival demonstrator waves an EU flag
Unity in diversity: The March for Europe was launched to ratchet up pressure on the Government to delay activating the formal process of leaving the EU
Stay in EU: A demonstrator a placard bearing a pro-Europe slogan marches in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament, where Brexit is due to be debated on Monday
Point: Simultaneous protests rallying support for keeping close economic, cultural and social links to Europe are taking place in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford, and Cambridge
Protest: Police officers form a cordon to seperate a pro-Europe anti-Brexit March for Europe from a pro-Brexit demonstration
March: Mr Izzard (pictured centre with human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell left) had his headwear stolen near Downing Street by a man dressed in all black with a balaclava covering half his face
Colourful: Mr Izzard lends his voice to those calling for Britain to stay in the EU
Identity: Despite wearing high heels, Mr Izzard gave furious chase as police caught the man and tore back his beret while he was pinned to the floor
Campaigners marched from Hyde Park and through Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament, where a debate on whether a second EU referendum should take place will be held on Monday.
It comes after an online petition garnered more than four million signatures after the vote to leave the EU in June, but an official Government response to the campaign said the Brexit decision 'must be respected'.
The demonstrations are also calling for greater public consultation on every stage of the Brexit negotiations.
A sea of blue EU flags filled Parliament square shortly after 1pm, where protesters sang along to The Beatles' hit Hey Jude, replacing the title words instead with 'EU'.
Tiring: A young supporter is carried through the march by her father who is draped in an EU flag during the protest
Bark if you don't want Brexit: Some supporters took their dogs out with them as protests rallied across the country
Protest in the rain: Crowds in Bristol demonstrating; more than four million people signed a petition demanding a second Brexit vote in June
EU dress: A woman decked in EU flags walks in front of a pro-Europe demonstration in Bristol
Numbers: A series of marches, including this one in Bristol, took place in various cities by supporters who back the UK remaining in the European Union
Support: Holding umbrellas to protect them from the steady rain, pro-EU protesters walk through Bristol city centre
Voice: Protesters listens to speakers at an anti-Brexit rally in Bristol. There will be a parliamentary debate about Brexit on Monday
Time to leave: Campaigners marched from Hyde Park and through Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament
Brexit backers: A man carrying an anti-EU pro-Brexit placard joins a counter protest against pro-Europe marchers in Parliament Square
Europhiles: Pro-Europe protesters wrap themselves in EU flags to cover them from the rain in Bristol city centre
We want another vote! People stand with a banner and a dog as they gather for a March for Europe protest to against the Brexit vote in London
Superstar support: Fancy dress and painted faces were everywhere at the rallies in London. Left, an Elvis impersonator holds a banner, and centre, a woman takes on a suffragette look. Right, a man calls for 'Open Britain', with his face painted blue and a scarf on his head