Roads are set to be closed in central London, in preparation for a march led by Brexiteers – dubbed the ‘Brexit Betrayal March’. The Metropolitan Police are also preparing to close local bars and pubs in an attempt to minimise potential disorder in central London.
Tommy Robinson, prominent supporter of the demonstration, issued a warning to the Prime Minister. He said: ‘Revolution is coming’ and encouraged the Prime Minister to ‘take note’ of the frustration across the United Kingdom – with regards to the alleged betrayal of Brexit.
Supporters have claimed that their movement is comparable to the ongoing social upheaval in France. But, from the comments posted online it appears that their frustration does not focus on austerity and poverty in the United Kingdom – which are the primary concerns of the gilet jaunes in France.
One man wrote: ‘I would rather die on my feet fighting, than on my knees bowing down to the EU and Islam’. These examples of far-right rhetoric have increasingly come under intense criticism, with many planning to oppose the march later today.
A counter-demonstration has also been arranged, with many distancing themselves from the rhetoric espoused by Tommy Robinson and UKIP. The counter-demonstration has attracted the support of prominent individuals, including John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor.
Mr. McDonnell said: ‘A newly energised, well-funded network of hate is emerging, from Steve Bannon in the US to the former EDL [English Defence League] leader Tommy Robinson at home, and it threatens the very fabric of our nation. The Labour movement must be front and centre in opposing them’.
Laura Parker, National Coordinator for Momentum, said in a statement that: ‘I think that the threat from the far right is now obviously so huge, however, that there has to be a peaceful mobilisation by pretty much everybody, from trade unions to party members and others.’
Owen Jones, campaigner and supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, has been rallying support for the counter-demonstration which he is also set to attend later today, details of which can be found here.
Updates will follow throughout the day..
Comment from Thomas Howard, Editor at TPN:
Divisive rhetoric is continuing to disseminate throughout the United Kingdom. There are growing calls for a ‘People’s Vote’, but these calls have angered some of those who voted ‘Leave’ in the 2016 Referendum.
It is essential that these divisions are healed, if not we can expect more frustration from members of the public – in the form of demonstrations.
Regardless, it appears that the current proposals outlined by Theresa May have caused widespread anger throughout the country and these proposals are set to be rejected by the House of Commons on Tuesday.