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This is the moment Eddie Izzard had his beret stolen and gave chase wearing high heels as he marched at a pro-Europe protest.

The comedian and activist had the beret ripped from his head before the man was wrestled to the floor by police.

The 54-year-old joined thousands of pro-Europe protesters in central London, calling for the UK to strengthen ties to the Continent following the Brexit vote.

The March for Europe was launched to turn up pressure on the Government to delay activating the formal process of leaving the EU.

But police were forced to separate protesters from rival pro-Brexit demonstrators who arrived to support the decision to leave the EU.

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The moment Eddie Izzard has his beret stolen at a pro-EU march

PA Eddie Izzard has his beret stolen at a pro-EU march in London - and gives chase in high heels

Izzard gave chase wearing high heels

PA The moment Eddie Izzard has his beret stolen at a pro-EU march in London - and gives chase in high heels

Izzard gave chase in high heels before the man was apprehended

Leave and Remain protesters were seen squaring up in angry scenes as demonstrators clashed over their political views.

Simultaneous protests rallying support for keeping close economic, cultural and social links to Europe are taking place in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford, and Cambridge.

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.

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AFP Demonstrators on an anti-Brexit March for Europe hold EU flags as they march to Parliament Square in central London

Demonstrators clashed in angry scenes

AFP People march with EU flags and pro-Europe slogans on placards during a March for Europe protest against the Brexit vote in London

Thousands of demonstrators turned out in central London

AFP A man carrying an anti-EU pro-Brexit placard shouts in a counter protest against pro-Europe marchers on a March for Europe demonstration against the Brexit vote in Parliament Square in central London

A man carrying pro-Brexit placard shouts in a counter protest

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.

Rex Pro-Brexit and Anti-brexit protesters at Whitehall at the same time March for Europe protest, London

British flags were unfurled by pro-Brexit demonstrators

Rex Pro-Brexit and Anti-brexit protesters at Whitehall at the same time March for Europe protest, London

The protest sparked angry scenes

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”.

Mr Izzard had his headware stolen near Downing Street by a man dressed in all black with a balaclava covering half his face.

Rex Eddie Izzard speaks to the crowds at a Anti-Brexit march

Eddie Izzard speaks to the crowds at a Anti-Brexit march

PA Eddie Izzard stands alongside pro-Europe protesters as they take part in a March for Europe rally from Park Lane to Parliament Square in London, as they call for the UK to strengthen ties to the Continent following the Brexit vote

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.

He then dusted off the pink garment and placed it back on his head before marching to Parliament Square.

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