#StopBrexit Night March & All Night Vigil
Two Days of Non-Stop #StopBrexit Protests:
11 and 12 June 2018 – London
(Parliament, Whitehall and the Royal Courts of Justice)
This unique two-day event brings together four grassroots groups and the wider #StopBrexit community. SODEM, No10Vigil, EU Flag Mafia and Stop Brexit Ltd joined forces to co‑ordinate continuous protests in support of two important examinations of sovereignty: the ‘Option to Remain’ debate in Parliament on 11 June and the first hearing of the ‘Article 50 Challenge’ at the Royal Courts of Justice on June 12. – And we now are also using this occasion to protest against how the government has given MPs so little time to consider the EU Withdrawal Bill.
Following protests at parliament in the Hand-held torches will light an evening march and enthusiastic supporters will sleep overnight on the streets with flags and lanterns outside the Royal Courts. The protests have been devised to provide visually compelling scenes of pro-EU support and fresh images to the media. The Metropolitan Police have given permission for all the protest activities as well as important safety advice, which is detailed below.
The protests start on Monday 11th June with an All-Day Demo outside Parliament, an Evening Rally opposite Downing Street, and a Night March from Whitehall to the Royal Courts of Justice. They are followed by an All-Night Vigil as protesters remain at the courts in anticipation of the first hearing of the Article 50 Challenge on Tuesday 12th June, with more activities in support of the case planned outside the court on that day.
Schedule of Events
- 11.00-18.00 Option to Remain Protest at Parliament
- 18.00-21.00 Special Rally at Richmond Terrace
- 21.00-22.00 #Stop Brexit Night March
- 22.00-10.15 All Night Vigil at the courts
- 10.15-12.15 Article 50 Challenge hearing in court
- 11.00-18.00 Pies Not Lies Protest at Parliament
Protest outside Parliament
The petition that Parliament’s vote on the Brexit deal must include an OPTION to REMAIN in the EU is scheduled to be debated on Monday 11 June, and Remainers will mark the occasion with an all-day protest to demand that Parliament recognises its own sovereignty!
The first of the protests is led by SODEM with a flag-waving demo at College Green outside parliament from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and everyone is welcome to join in for a few hours, or even just a few minutes.
Special Rally at #No10Vigil
From 6 p.m. onwards the crowd will reassemble on Whitehall at Richmond Terrace directly opposite Downing Street.
Alongside the well-known regular performers of the #No10 Vigil, this will include Liz Webster, the claimant of the Article 50 Challenge, as well as Lords, MPs and representatives of civil society organisations, all moderated by a comedian.
The #StopBrexit Night March
Following the rally, the crowd will assemble for a symbolic march that takes people from the world of politics in Parliament and Whitehall to the world of law – at the Royal Courts of Justice.
The #StopBrexit March will assemble as the sun sets at 21.15 and head off carrying lanterns to illuminate the way through the twilight along The Embankment by the River Thames to Temple, where it will disburse between 10 and 10.30 p.m. – unless you decide to camp out!
Important safety instruction from the Metropolitan Police: All lights/torches/lanterns must be of the electronic form. In particular, candles are not permitted as the wax can become a slip hazard.
All Night Vigil at Court
To show our determination to stop Brexit, the most dedicated of the protesters will then camp out at the Royal Courts of Justice for an All Night Vigil. We will sleep rough to show how serious we are, taking turns to hold flags and lanterns.
The first hearing of the Article 50 Challenge is due the following day and many of those who donated to the Crowdjustice case will queue early to try to get a place in the public gallery.
At the same time those campers who stayed out overnight will be relieved by new reinforcements to fly the flag and continue the protest, as the world’s media attention falls on this important case.
Important instruction from the Metropolitan Police: We have been given permission to sleep outside the Royal Courts provided that we do not erect tents, so please do not bring this item.
Why We Are Protesting
In British representative democracy, parliament is sovereign, which means that government cannot do whatever it pleases.
If it wants to make important changes , then it must seek approval for its proposals from a majority of MPs in the House of Commons, and the MPs should have the right to reject these proposals outright if they decide they are not in the national interest.
The government’s response to the petition was an overstep of its mandate when it said:
“The British people voted to leave and the Government will implement their decision.The vote on the final deal will give Parliament the choice to accept the agreement or leave the EU with no agreement”
If Brexit is all about upholding British Sovereignty and democracy, then MPs surely must be given the choice of all possible options to decide what is in the interest of the country?
Similarly, the Article 50 Challenge argues that the government’s submission of the Article 50 notification also did not take parliamentary sovereignty into account. Whilst Parliament gave assent for the government to submit a notification of intent of the UK decision to leave the EU, this intent has never been ratified by Parliament. Article 50 requires that it be submitted in accordance with the constitution of the country, and as parliament did not hold a vote on leaving the EU, then Article 50 was arguably submitted unconstitutionally. If this is so, then Article 50 is not just fully revocable, but possibly unlawful – in which case it ought to be revoked immediately. #StopBrexit
So join us as we step up the pressure with two days of non-stop protests! Come to at least one of the events on June 11th or 12th, or – if you have the stamina – stay for the whole shebang. You will never have pulled a more important all nighter! #StopBrexit