The anniversary of the submission of the Article 50 notification, in which the UK government informed Brussels of its decision to leave the EU, is being marked by rallies around the country from 23 to 26 March 2018.
As the biggest of the protests at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, the Stop Brexit March in Manchester received huge media coverage, both before and after the event, by hundreds of newspapers and magazines, TV and radio broadcasters, nationally, locally and worldwide.
While there was difference in their coverage, they were mostly in agreement that there were tens of thousands of peaceful protesters, and that the march was larger than that of the People’s Assembly, which marched later that day.
Sue Wilson, the chair of Bremain in Spain, a group campaigning for the rights of British citizens in Spain has agreed to speak at the Stop Brexit National March in Manchester on Sunday 1 October.
The March is timed to coincide with the Tory party conference, which takes place in Manchester from 1-4 October. The Stop Brexit National March is the culmination of a series of protest events in the “Autumn of Discontent”.
Brexit negotiations have stalled several times recently and Theresa May’s speech in Florence on 22 September did not offer any new outlook, apart from a request for a two-year implementation period ahead of Brexit. Meanwhile the Tories attempt to put their house in order amid deep and widening party divisions.
Bremain in Spain is also concerned that Theresa May made scant mention of the rights of British citizens in the EU27 and EU citizens in the UK during her speech, giving very little reassurance to those who have been living in limbo ever since the referendum.
How do we Remainers react to The Prime Minister’s set piece speech in Florence? As Stop Brexit march supporter and keynote speaker Alastair Campbell wrote: ”Choosing Florence said ‘This is Special’. Signaling her intentions so far in advance reinforced that impression, that this was to be ‘a moment’ in the Brexit process.”
Does this make anyone planning to come to Manchester on 1st October to join the Stop Brexit march feel reassured or less likely to attend? With her words ‘The British Public voted for Brexit’, Remainers up and down the country let out a roar of “No we didn’t.” A tiny majority of a gerrymandered electorate may have made that choice, but why is the voice of the not much smaller minority being totally ignored, swept aside, erased from history by speech writers and politicians alike?
We haven’t gone away and we can’t get behind Brexit. There is no plan and only a tired and frankly illiterate ideology. We will never support something that is so wrong for the country. So we won’t shut up. In fact we plan to make a huge noise when we protest at The Conservative Party Conference on 1st October 2017.
The march will assemble at All Saints Park, Oxford Road M15 6BN with a rally from 11am. There will be high profile Remain speakers including our Patron AC Grayling, Alastair Campbell, activist and campaigner Bonnie Greer, local MP Lucy Powell and Alison McGovern, as well as leaders of campaign groups in and around the wider remain movement. Continue reading “May’s Florence Speech Fuels Will of Protesters”
The superintendent of Greater Manchester Police has ordered the relocation of the National Stop Brexit rally and march being held to coincide with the Conservative Party Conference on Sunday, October 1st.
After consultation with an independent security expert, Greater Manchester Police have now sited the rally at All Saints Park and decided the march will terminate at the junction of Portland Street and Princess Street. The march has also been instructed to depart half an hour earlier at 1.30 p.m.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but these are circumstances beyond our control.