Anti-Brexit campaigners planning wave of mass protests in 'autumn of discontent'

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An anti-Brexit campaign group has said it is planning a wave of mass protests next month as part of a wider event dubbed “the Autumn of Discontent”.

Campaign group the People’s March for Europe has organised a pro-EU rally in central London for September, which thousands of people have already pledged to attend.

Activists will march from Hyde Park Corner to Parliament Square on September 9 in protest against last year’s Brexit vote.

Backed by Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart and former Labour spin-doctor Alastair Campbell, the group said it is also planning marches in Europe, to political party conferences and organising for stalls to be set up in busy town centres.


Backing: Sir Patrick Stewart (Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

The group said the “Autumn of Discontent” is “set to bring the issue of Brexit and remaining in the EU to the forefront of political debate.”

Remain supporter Sir Patrick attacked Leave campaigners for misleading the public over Brexit. He said: “The Leave campaign was filled with disinformation and one huge falsehood  – the £350 million that was going to find its way into the NHS.

“That £350 million never existed. The people of the UK were misled. Monthly reports are published on the economic impact of leaving the union – and they are all negative.”’

Caroline Wills-Wright, People’s March for Europe spokeswoman, said: “Our nation needs to unite, rethink Brexit and decide whether it is really in the national interests to remain in the EU, an option which is still very much on the negotiation table.

“It is up to the people to reclaim the future and our safest and best future lies in Europe and the EU.”

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