Labour hard left to 'shut down Britain' by 'blockading bridges and roads' to stop no deal

Laura Parker, national co-ordinator of Labour faction Momentum, said: “Eton educated, millionaire Boris Johnson is stealing our democracy so he can sell off our NHS to big US corporations in a No Deal, Trump first Brexit.

“Real power doesn’t sit with the Queen or in Parliament. It’s with us the people – and that’s why we need to take action.

“Our message to Johnson is this: if you steal our democracy, we’ll shut down the streets.”

Her words followed a tweet yesterday in which she said: “Blocking the traffic. Try to shut down democracy ⁦@BorisJohnson⁩ and we will shut down the city.

“Extraordinary scenes this evening as people from all political parties and none come to #DefendDemocracy & #StopTheCoup”

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson said he wanted to prorogue Parliament in order to bring the current record-breaking session to a close and work on his Government’s new legislative agenda.

The decision provoked strong reactions, with opposition leaders accusing the Prime Minister of trying to halt their efforts to block a no-deal Brexit.

Left-wing campaigner Owen Jones has asked supporters to “take to the streets” and “defend democracy”.

He said: “Within four hours thousands of people have taken to the streets, they have shut down Westminster, to stop the coup, to stop the onslaught against our hard won democracy, the rights and freedoms our ancestors fought for with such courage and determination.

“And that sense of optimism, of determination and resilience, is in the air.

“The government which only represents the elites has picked a fight.

“Our unelected Prime Minister is waging war on democracy but they overplayed their hand.

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“There is a real sense here, not just anger, but determination: we are not going to stop.”

Clvie Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, yesterday tweeted: “If Boris shuts down Parliament to carry out his No-Deal Brexit, I and other MPs will defend democracy.

“The police will have to remove us from the chamber. We will call on people to take to the streets.

“We will call an extraordinary session of Parliament.”

The Another Europe Is Possible organisation publicised details of a series of rallies on Saturday being organised throughout the UK, from Aberdeen to York.

National organiser Michael Chessum said: “The crowds are angry, energetic and hopeful, and are taking matters into their own hands.

“We aren’t here to ask Boris nicely, we’re here to force him to back down.

“That means civil disobedience and being willing to disrupt things.”

The full list protests is as follows:

Aberdeen, 12 noon at the Castlegate.

Birmingham, 1 pm on Victoria Square by the Council House.

Bournemouth, 11 am, Bournemouth Square.

Brighton, 12 noon, The Level BN1 4ZN.

Bristol, 12 noon, College Green.

Cambridge, 12 noon, outside The Guildhall, Market Square.

Dundee, 2 pm, City Square.

Exeter, 11 am, Bedford Square.

Glasgow, 2 pm, George Square.

Leeds, 11 am, Town Hall.

Liverpool, 12 noon, St George’s Hall.

London, 12 noon, Downing Street.

Leamington Spa, 12 noon in the Pump Room Gardens.

Manchester, 12 noon, Cathedral Gardens.

Newcastle, 12 noon, Grey’s Monument.

Norwich, 2 pm outside City Hall.

Nottingham, 11 am, Brian Clough Statue close to Old Market Square.

Oxford, 11 am, Broad Street outside Balliol College.

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Plymouth, 11am, Armada Dial.

Southampton, 12 noon, Guildhall Square.

Sheffield, 11 am, Town Hall.

Swansea, 12 noon, Big Screen at Castle Square.

Swindon, 11 am, 29 Wood St.

Tavistock, 12:30, Lockyer House, Paddons Row PL19 0HF.

York, 11 am, St Helen’s Square. has contacted Momemtum for more details about their plans, as well as the Labour Party itself.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “The MPS is aware of protests planned in Parliament Square on Saturday, 31 August. A proportionate policing plan is in place.”

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