Brexit latest: Labour’s Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn spur on anti-Brexit protests

Demonstrations have taken place in London today with others planned for Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Swansea, Belfast, Leeds and Aberdeen over the weekend bringing Britain’s major cities to their knees days after the shock move by the Brexiteer Prime Minister. Ms Abbott spurred on the Remainer mob in the capital today, with Mr Corbyn pictured giving the thumbs up to the mayhem in Glasgow. Mr Corbyn said: “I’m proud to be here with all of you supporting that, to say to Boris Johnson no way, it’s our Parliament.

“No way do you take us out without a deal – we will stop you and give the people their rights and their say to determine their future.”

Ms Abbott meanwhile, was photographed with a sign that read ‘Defend migrants, stop Boris!’

Other signs held by tens of thousands of demonstrators in London read ‘Defend democracy’ and ‘Down with Boris Johnson’.

Roads were blocked by protesters causing traffic chaos in the capital.

Irwin Lewis was one of the drivers caught up in the London protest in Trafalgar Square said: “It is not a problem. I would not go out demonstrating, but I support what they are doing.

“Someone has got to protest.”

Black cab driver Ben Broster said he was losing income because of the hysteria.

He said it was “frustrating” he had been trapped at the scene for over an hour.

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Brenda Gough, from west Belfast, said: “My concern is we are supposed to live in a democracy, whether you voted Remain or Leave.

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“We no longer have democracy because elected representatives of the people of the UK have been told they will no longer be able to speak for their electorate.

“A lot of people don’t seem to understand that politicians work for us, they are there to represent our voices, and we understand what it is like not to have that in Northern Ireland because obviously Stormont has been shut down for two-and-a-half years.

“This isn’t about whether you Leave or whether you Remain, this is about the fact that this man [Boris Johnson] has told elected representatives that they can no longer do their job on behalf of the people who have elected them.

“The fact that democracy has now been removed from our society is exceptionally sinister.”

Protesters also gathered in Newcastle chanting about how they wanted to “protect democracy”.

Liverpool also held a gathering of Remainers to protest the decision.

But in areas, pro-bruit supporters also had their say.

Many flocked to Downing Street to make their voices heard.

They carried union Jack flags amid the EU flags waved by Remainers.

A heavy police presence was seen in London as a result of the demonstrations.

There are 32 planned protests taking place up and down Britain over the weekend, courtesy of anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible.

Mr Johnson remains adamant he will take the UK out of the EU by October 31 “do or die”.


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