Thousands of protesters are flooding the streets of Britain promising to cripple 32 cities across the country today – as they rally against the Prime Minister’s plan to suspend Parliament.
The first few protesters gathered in London at around 11.30am, following a rallying call from Jeremy Corbyn who declared activists were ‘right to take to the streets’.
And then later hundreds occupied areas of Newcastle and York for the ‘stop the coup’ protests organised by Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible. Elsewhere, crowds gathered in Oxford, Bristol, the Scottish capital Edinburgh and Belfast in Northern Ireland.
Left-wing group Momentum has called on its members to ‘occupy bridges and blockade roads’ in conjunction with unrest on the streets – with hundreds now campaigning outside Downing Street in Whitehall, central London.
The campaigners have donned European garb and are waving placards around reading ‘clowning street’ and ‘defend democracy: resist the parliament shutdown’ as they join in the nationwide protests.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn emerged in Glasgow’s George Square at around 3pm where he addressed protesters – having spent the morning attending an OAP centre in Scotland.
He 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.’
Corbyn told the crowds today: ‘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’
Protesters have brought London’s Whitehall to a standstill – with demonstrators stretching across much of the usually busy road as they gathered outside the gates of Number 10
Diane Abbott, Labour Party MP and Shadow Home Secretary, joins the demonstrations outside Whitehall in London today, as protesters gather to rally against the prorogation of Parliament
Hundreds have gathered in Newcastle to take part in a demonstration against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen’s Speech on October 14
Protesters in York take part in a demonstration against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen’s Speech on October 14. Several donned berets emblazoned with the Flag of Europe
Trafalgar Square was overrun with protesters waving EU and British flags as police struggled to contain the massive throng
Placards were held aloft as protesters gathered outside Downing Street today to campaign against the suspension of parliament
Rows of police officers tried to contain the throng of protesters challenging Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament
The first few protesters gathered in London at around 11.30am, following a rallying call from Jeremy Corbyn who declared activists were ‘right to take to the streets’ (pictured, outside Downing Street)
London Assembly Member and Green Party Councillor Caroline Russell is detained by police and marched away after sitting in the road around Trafalgar Square today
Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside Downing Street gates at Whitehall in London, some of whom are seen holding placards featuring the face of Donald Trump (pictured)
A group of anti-Brexit protesters walk through Bristol holding a sign saying ‘don’t be fooled by Jacob Rees-Mogg’. They are among thousands across the country protesting against the prorogation of Parliament
Protesters taking part in the ‘Stop the Coup’ day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London to demonstrate against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen’s Speech on October 14
Protesters in Bristol take part in a demonstration against the government’s decision to suspend Parliament. A man holding a loud speaker walks in front of the crowd shouting as they go
Anti-Brexit protestors hold placards aloft as they demonstrate outside Whitehall in London today amid a nationwide day of protests. Political opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s move to suspend Parliament is crystalizing, with protests around Britain and a petition to block the move gaining more than 1 million signatures
An anti-Brexit protester speaks to police during demonstrations in York today. He is joining in the nationwide protests, which last night had a rallying cry from Jeremy Corbyn who said ‘the public outrage at Boris Johnson shutting down democracy has been deafening’
Green Party MP Caroline Lucas (pictured) speaks at a demonstration in Brighton this lunchtime against plans to suspend parliament ahead of Brexit
After speaking at a demonstration in her Brighton constituency, former Green Party leader Caroline Lucas thanked those who came out to protest
The biggest demonstrations were expected in London, where thousands of whistle-blowing, drum-banging people, many waving EU flags, had converged on Downing Street by lunchtime chanting ‘Boris Johnson shame on you!’ (pictured, an aerial image)
Demonstrators rallied on Saturday in cities across Britain against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s controversial move to suspend parliament weeks before Brexit (pictured, protesters in London today)
John McDonnell and Diane Abbott both spoke to the crowd during the day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London, to demonstrate against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen’s Speech on October 14
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn emerged in Glasgow’s George Square at around 3pm where he addressed protesters – having spent the morning attending an OAP centre in Scotland
Keir Starmer Labour MP for St Pancreas and Holborn speaking to demonstrators at the Russell Square Rally against Brexit
The anti-Brexit campaign group, Another Europe is Possible has organised 32 ‘Stop The Coup’ demonstrations across England, Scotland and Wales (pictured, protesters outside Whitehall in London today)
These protesters invoked cult Peep Show character Super Hans by saying: ‘What we need to do is create a powerful sense of dread’
Mr Corbyn said he is backing the protests all over the country, adding: ‘Demonstrations are taking place everywhere because people are angered and outraged about what is happening.
‘Angered that the Government and a Prime Minister elected by 93,000 members of the Tory party is trying to hijack the needs, aims and aspirations of 65 million people.
‘Well think on Boris, it’s not on and we’re not having it.’
Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the history of protest in George Square by those calling for justice and civil rights.
He added: ‘Today we are standing in the footsteps of those who have gone before us to achieve that justice and those rights.
‘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.’
Mr Corbyn called for all parties to come together in the House of Commons on Tuesday, when Parliament reconvenes after the summer recess, to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
He also said the Government should ‘stand aside’ for a general election, arguing it does not have the confidence of a majority of people or of MPs.
The Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott also emerged on the streets of London at midday, joining protesters outside Downing Street – where she said ‘we cannot allow Boris Johnson to shut down Parliament’.
The protesters have brought London’s Whitehall to a standstill – with demonstrators stretching across much of the usually busy road as they gathered outside the gates of Number 10.
Green Party Councillor and London Assembly Member Caroline Russell was detained by police during the protests for sitting down and blocking traffic on Trafalgar Square.
Chanting of ‘Boris Johnson shame on you’, punctuated by the clanging of a bell, blowing of whistles and bang of a drum echoed around the surrounding Government buildings, as many carried placards and European Union flags.
As the chanting outside Downing Street continued, many protesters got creative with their descriptions of the Prime Minister. Their shouting evolved to include: ‘Trump’s puppet, shame on you’, ‘Liar Johnson shame on you’, and ‘Facist Johnson shame on you.’
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott addressed the large crowd from a stage positioned near Number 10, and said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had sent his support for the demonstration.
‘We are here outside 10 Downing Street trying to get Boris Johnson’s attention, but let me tell you, before too long Jeremy Corbyn will be in 10 Downing Street and Boris will be gone,’ she said.
A large number of London demonstrators have also brought Trafalgar Square in London to a standstill – with some sitting in the road as part of their ongoing protest
The anti-Brexit protesters took to the streets to protest Boris Johnson’s decision this week to suspend Parliament in order to push through Brexit
Protesters listen to organiser Michael Chessum addressing protesters taking part in the ‘Stop the Coup’ day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in Parliament Square in central London
A demonstrator holds up a placard mocked up as a gravestone which says ‘RIP British Democracy’
Chanting of ‘Boris Johnson shame on you’, punctuated by the clanging of a bell, blowing of whistles and bang of a drum echoed around the surrounding Government buildings in London (pictured), as many carried placards and European Union flags
As the chanting outside Downing Street continued, many protesters got creative with their descriptions of the Prime Minister. Their shouting evolved to include: ‘Trump’s puppet, shame on you’, ‘Liar Johnson shame on you’, and ‘Facist Johnson shame on you’
Protesters hung a sign on the gates of Parliament which says, ‘Sorry, we’re closed’ as a reference to Johnson shutting down Parliament
Demonstrators block the entrance to Whitehall while one holds a sign saying: ‘Defend migrants, stop Boris, stop Brexit’
Protesters outside the gates of Downing Street demonstrate against the Government’s plan to prorogue parliament
A pro-Brexit protester wearing a ‘For Britain’ t-shirt holds up a sign which says ‘Well done Boris, now get us out of this EU hellhole’
Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest in Whitehall today. Left-wing group Momentum and the People’s Assembly are coordinating a series of ‘Stop The Coup’ protests across the UK aimed at Boris Johnson and the UK government proroguing Parliament
The protests (left in London and right in Oxford) come ahead of an intense political week in which Johnson’s opponents will seek to block the move in court and legislate against a no-deal departure from the EU – and could even try to topple his government in a no-confidence vote
People of all ages joined the anti-Brexit march including this girl who said: ‘I’m just a kid and I could do a better job’
The left-wing group Momentum, closely allied with the main opposition Labour Party, called on its supporters to ‘occupy bridges and blockade roads’ ahead of the protests (pictured outside Downing Street in London)
Protesters clash during the day of action organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London to demonstrate against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament
Remain and Leave demonstrators confront each other during a protest in Westminster, as nationwide protests take place across the country
Ms Abbott tried to rally those in front of her with the cry of ‘What do we want to do’ – expecting a reply of ‘stop the coup’ – but many shouted ‘Where is Jeremy?’ in response to the Hackney North MP.
Ms Abbott added: ‘We cannot allow Boris Johnson to shut down Parliament and to shut down the voice of ordinary British people.’
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell was also present, telling the large crowd gathered on Whitehall: ‘It is a fight to protect our democracy – we know what Boris Johnson is up to, it is not very subtle is it?
‘He wants to close down our democracy and force through a no-deal Brexit.’
Mr McDonnell said previous generations fought and made huge sacrifices, some giving their lives, in the fight for parliamentary democracy so they could ‘have their say over policies and the future of our country’.
He added: ‘Boris Johnson, this is not about Parliament versus the people, this is about you versus the people.’
A large number of London demonstrators have also brought Trafalgar Square to a standstill – with some sitting in the road as part of their ongoing protest.
Irwin Lewis was one of the drivers caught up in the London protest which was blocking much of Trafalgar Square, and said he had been stuck for almost two hours.
The 57-year-old, from Forest Hill, south-east London, 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 as a result of the action, and that it was ‘frustrating’ he had been trapped for more than an hour.
He added: ‘I am stuck here now, what else are you supposed to do? Whether you support it or not, this is not the way to go about things.’
With protesters sitting in the road blocking his path out of Trafalgar Square, he said: ‘There is nothing stopping them saying ‘fair enough we will let you lot out’.’
Organisers are hoping hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets today after a series of demonstrations yesterday evening.
Crowds gathered in Manchester, York and Newcastle in northern England, the Scottish capital Edinburgh and Belfast in Northern Ireland, with events planned in around 30 locations (pictured, protesters in London)
Protesters in Bristol take part in a demonstration against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks before a Queen’s Speech on October 14
Anti-Brexit protestors demonstrate at Whitehall in London. Pictured: A dog wears an EU flag as it sits during the protest today
A wide shot shows the huge crowds lined up across Whitehall today as they protest Boris Johnson’s plan to prorogue Parliament
A protester holds a placard showing a mock up of the famous painting The Scream by Edvard Munch. It says ‘Brexit’ above the painting
More than 1,000 people gathered in the centre of York to listen to speakers outside the famous Bettys tea rooms and The Ivy restaurant.
Many of those in St Helen’s Square were carrying banners as well as EU and Yorkshire flags and hats.
First speaker Rachael Maskell – the Labour MP for York Central – was heckled by a lone Leave supporter from the centre of the crowd, who then argued with protesters around him. But he left without further problems as a small number of police officers looked on.
In Belfast, a small crowd was gathered in front of City Hall by 11am. The diverse gathering included foreign nationals concerned about their status post-Brexit, and local people angered by the move to prorogue Parliament.
Several people made impromptu speeches condemning Boris Johnson’s move, while a number of police officers monitored the event. Organisers urged fellow demonstrators to stay as long as they could and spread word of the protest on social media.
Brenda Gough, from west Belfast, was one of those who had promoted the event. ‘My concern is we are supposed to live in a democracy, whether you voted Remain or Leave,’ she said.
‘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.’
Chris McHugh, from Gateshead, attended a protest in Newcastle he said was about ‘protecting democracy’.
The 33-year-old, who works for Labour MP Liz Twist, said: ‘The fact that thousands have taken to the streets of Newcastle today is so telling.
‘People from all walks of life have come together… there’s a real sense of unity, whether you voted Leave or Remain, this is about protecting the very fabric of our democracy.’
Bristol is among the cities where hundreds of protesters have gathered to rally against the Prime Minister’s decision to suspend parliament for up to five weeks (pictured, protesters in Bristol)
Protesters walk through Bristol carrying a banner which reads ‘Don’t be fooled by Jacob Rees-Mogg’ as they campaign against the Government’s decision to suspend parliament
Crowds moved through busy city streets, blocking traffic as they campaigned against Boris Johnson. Some waved the European Flag as they moved through the city
Others in Bristol held placards saying ‘Britain a country tricked by a BUS’ and others said ‘beware those men, the jokers and the tricksters’
There are 32 planned protests taking place across the UK organised by anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible (pictured, protesters in Bristol)
Left-wing campaign group Momentum has called on its members to ‘occupy bridges and blockade roads’ in conjunction with unrest on the streets. The protests were triggered by the PM’s decision to suspend Parliament for up to five weeks ahead of the October 31 Brexit deadline (pictured, protesters in London)
Pro-Brexit supporters joined the crowd gathered outside Downing Street today to ensure their voices were heard. The biggest demonstrations were expected in London, where thousands of whistle-blowing, drum-banging people, many waving EU flags, had converged on Downing Street by lunchtime chanting ‘Boris Johnson shame on you!’
Pro-Brexit supporters were also out today, and were surrounded by police as the marched through London. One supporter is seen here waving a Union Jack
Brexit supporters surrounded by policemen hold British flags as anti Brexit protesters demonstrate during a rally outside Downing Street in London today
Lesley McKie protested outside Boris Johnson’s old Oxford University college, where she was joined by current students.
‘Being outside the very institution where he developed political profile with students at the college today denouncing him sends a powerful message to Johnson and the others leading this coup,’ the 55-year-old said outside Balliol College.
‘I’m here today with my family. My teen daughters deserve to live in a democracy and we’re here to protest against the undemocratic actions of Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings.’
She said it is the first protest she has attended, but she felt compelled to act as she feels ‘extremely worried about the future of our country’.
Protesters are also gathering near St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre to show their opposition to a no-deal Brexit and Boris Johnson’s shutdown of Parliament.
A rally has been called at the Wellington Monument and is due to start at noon.
Among those speaking was Peter Dowd, the MP for Bootle – who was set to pass on a special message from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Elsewhere a crowd of more than 1,000 gathered at Cathedral Gardens in Manchester city centre. Among the speakers were Labour MEP Julie Ward and broadcaster Paul Mason.
Former BBC Newsnight and Channel 4 News correspondent Mr Mason encouraged the crowd to chant ‘Stop the Coup’.
A short distance away, a small group of pro-Brexit supporters stood outside the National Football Museum, with a line of about 20 police officers watching on.
Behind the officers, people jeered and shouted ‘B****** to Brexit’, as one man sang ‘One Boris Johnson, there’s only one Boris Johnson’ into a loudhailer.
There were not only anti-Brexit protesters in Manchester, with self-styled yellow vest protester James Goddard taking to a loudhailer in the pro-Brexit group. Wearing a Trump 2020 T-shirt and a Public Enemy baseball cap backwards, he was jeered by anti-Brexit supporters.
Goddard invited them for one-on-one conversations on camera but police prevented anyone coming forward.
He was banned from going near Parliament for five years after hurling abuse at Remain-supporting MP Anna Soubry and was handed an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for a year.
Protesters taking part in the ‘Stop the coup’ day of action, organised by Another Europe is Possible campaign group in central London. One holds up a placard reading ‘clowning street’ as she stands outside Downing Street
Anti Brexit protesters from ‘Stop the Coup’ movement demonstrate outside Downing Street in London (pictured, a woman with a sign reading ‘Clowning Street’)
Dozens of protesters were seen outside Downing Street in Whitehall for the ‘Stop the Coup’ protests organised by Anti-Brexit campaign group Another Europe Is Possible
Protesters have gathered in Oxford to campaign against the Government’s decision prorogue Parliament, with one holding a placard reading ‘stop this Eton mess’. Elsewhere in London, anti-Brexit protestors are demonstrating at Whitehall in London
One protesters holds a placard reading ‘democracy ain’t dead’ as he stands outside Downing Street to campaign against the Government’s plan to prorogue parliament
The shadow chancellor is due to address youth movements at the main London protest at Downing Street on Saturday (pictured, protesters outside Downing Street today)
In Bristol, a couple of thousand protesters marched through the city centre, bringing traffic to a standstill.
People gathered at College Green and looped around the city, through the middle of the Broadmead shopping area and back to meet at Bristol Cenotaph.
They shouted ‘What do we want? Democracy! When do we want it? Now!’, ‘Boris Johnson, shame on you’ and ‘Hey, hey, ho, ho, Boris Johnson’s got to go’.
Darren Jones, Labour MP for Bristol North West, told protesters in the city that people should take to the streets to demonstrate against the Prime Minister and not allow ‘democracy to die’.
He added: ‘Thank-you to the thousands of you that have marched through the streets of Bristol and across the country to make it clear we will not stand down when our democracy is being shut down.
‘We are members of Parliament and Parliament is where we should be making your voice heard loud and clear, with the power of our vote and the ability to hold the Government to account.
‘If Boris Johnson thinks he can turn Britain into an autocracy, he has got another think coming.
‘If the Prime Minister is able to close down Parliament, we need to be able to bring it to the streets because we are your voice in Parliament and our democracy is about all of us.
‘What is clear from all of you today, and in towns and cities up and down the country, is that the British people will not let democracy die.’
And in Exeter, NHS pharmacist Bridie Walton, 55, joined protesters and condemned the Prime Minister’s decision to prorogue Parliament, saying: ‘Nobody voted for a dictatorship.
‘These are the actions of a man who is afraid his arguments will not stand scrutiny. Before the Brexit vote I’d never been to a demo in my life… [I am] watching a nastier world emerge.’
In Belfast, Susie Burlace, an English woman who has lived in Northern Ireland for six years, drew inspiration from Oscar Wilde with a placard stating: ‘To lose one government is a misfortune, to lose two looks like carelessness – or a coup.’
She said: ‘Normally I stay out of Northern Irish politics for fairly obvious reasons, I don’t feel I have the right to a say on a lot of it, but this is far more than Northern Ireland.
‘The whole country is now without a parliamentary voice. We have been here for quite a long time and to have two governments now suspended at a critical time in history is anti-democratic and I just feel we should do something about that.’
Brigitte Anton, who is originally from Frankfurt but who has lived in Belfast for 31 years, said the need to apply for settled status had turned her world ‘upside down’.
She said: ‘We have lived here as equal citizens as everyone else and now we have been pushed into this second class status and that’s really, really scary.’
She drew parallels between the suspension of Parliament and Nazi Germany.
‘As a German I feel like I am living my grandparents’ history because I find this really, really undemocratic, that this can just happen like that and nobody can do anything against it,’ she said.
‘This is a big con. It’s nothing to do with the Queen’s Speech. It is to prevent discussion about Brexit taking place properly.
‘I don’t know what the Prime Minister is playing at but he is playing a very, very dangerous game – specifically here in Northern Ireland because the situation is volatile.
‘It’s got completely out of hand. You are watching this and you feel like you are in a bad movie.’
Londoner Rob Stead said he and his wife Jan had ‘fled’ England to move to Northern Ireland because they were so dismayed by the Brexit vote.
‘I am very exercised by what’s going on in Parliament,’ he said. ‘I grew up as a middle class guy in England and identity was never a challenge to me. What I have realised since the Brexit vote is actually I feel very European.’
Anti-Brexit protesters gather outside Downing Street in Whitehall ahead of a protest against Brexit and the prorogation of parliament in London today
Organisers are hoping hundreds of thousands of people will take to the streets on Saturday after a series of demonstrations yesterday evening – (pictured, protesters start to arrive)
An anti-Brexit protester holds up a placard featuring political strategist Dominic Cummings and Prime Minister Boris Johnson as she joins others to protests against the suspension of parliament today
Another protesters holds up a placard reading ‘defend democracy: resist the parliament shutdown’ as she joins others to rally against the prorogation of parliament
Hundreds of placards lie in wait, as organisers hope thousands of demonstrators will turn out to rally against the suspension of parliament
Momentum member Michael Chessum, 30, (pictured) is one of the leading figures behind protests in 30 UK cities including a march on Downing Street, that could possibly go to Buckingham Palace
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday encourage people to join, tweeting: ‘The public outrage at Boris Johnson shutting down democracy has been deafening’ (pictured, his tweet)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday encouraged people to join the protests, tweeting: ‘The public outrage at Boris Johnson shutting down democracy has been deafening.
‘People are right to take to the streets – and I encourage everyone to join the demonstrations in London and across the country tomorrow.’
While Shadow chancellor John McDonnell urged Labour MPs to join the nationwide protest, calling the Prime Minister’s decision to close Parliament for up to five weeks an attempt ‘to shut down democracy’.
‘As elected Labour MPs across the country represent their constituents by joining in these protests, I urge other MPs to think of their constituents whose jobs and livelihoods will be put at risk in a no-deal Brexit,’ Mr McDonnell said.
‘If Boris Johnson wants a mandate, then he should call a general election and put it to the people.’
The shadow chancellor is due to address youth movements at the main London protest at Downing Street on Saturday, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is attending a campaign day at the Alive and Kicking Project building in Glasgow.
There will be rallies in smaller places including Bodmin, Cornwall, and Clotheroe, Lancashire, as well as Amsterdam’s Dam Square and the outside the British Embassy in Riga, Latvia.
Further mass demonstrations, organised by the People’s Assembly Against Austerity, are planned to take place on Tuesday to coincide with MPs returning to Westminster.
And the annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition, due to take place on Thursday, has been cancelled over safety concerns of the dogs and MPs taking part.
Both pro and anti-Brexit protesters clashed on Wednesday after the Queen approved an order that will see Parliament suspended for more than one month.
Laura Parker, Momentum’s national co-ordinator, called the proroguing of Parliament a ‘loophole in our flawed democracy’.
‘There are thousands of people from all over the UK and across the political spectrum who will protest to stop Johnson closing the doors on our democracy,’ she said.
‘No-one voted for this, and it’s clear we need to urgently redesign our system to rebalance power away from the top.’
Momentum member Michael Chessum, 30, is one of the leading figures behind protests in 30 UK cities including a march on Downing Street, that could possibly go to Buckingham Palace.
Speaking on Thursday, Mr Chessum, said that ‘disruption is the only form of leverage protesters can rely on’ and added: ‘We would go further than anticipate (civil disobedience). We would defend it.’
The Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up in the wake of the Labour MP’s murder in 2016, warned that anger over Brexit ‘should not spill over into something more dangerous’.
The foundation said: ‘We believe strongly in freedom of speech. But we would urge everybody to avoid saying or doing anything that could incite or lead to violence.’
The calls for protests come as a petition against the Prime Minister’s plan to suspend Parliament racked up more than 1.64 million signatures early on Saturday morning.