Several dozen grassroots remain movement leaders were blocked from posting or commenting on Facebook yesterday, disrupting the promotion and organisation of #StopBrexit National March in Manchester on 1 October.
Anyone sharing the official event page received a message from Facebook that they were barred until 3 October, preventing them from sharing any details about the protest until after it had taken place, which quickly fueled suspicions that someone was attempting to sabotage the march.
Ahead of this Sunday’s ‘Stop Brexit’ march in Manchester, Tony Blair told The Mancunion that the people of Manchester should “speak up now before it is too late”.
Speaking to The Mancunion, he said: “Manchester is a remain city. A warm and welcoming city, with a spirit like no other. Those who feel passionately that their future is in the hands of others who do not have their best interests at heart, who feel this decision will harm our country for generations to come should take this opportunity to demonstrate their strength of feeling against this Hard Brexit.”
Using a Manchester-specific football analogy to explain his position, Mr Blair said: “If we go ahead with this, we will have taken the unprecedented decision for a major country to relegate ourselves, like United or City deciding to play in the Championship. This is madness.”
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.
Following further consultation with Greater Manchester police, the organisers of the Stop Brexit March are pleased to announce that the location of the assembly point for the march has now been confirmed as Whitworth Park.
Peter French, a spokesman for the Stop Brexit March, walked the route on Tuesday and is delighted with the new arrangements.
“Whilst this shortens the overall route by just under half a mile, it won’t have any effect on the impact of the march. On the contrary, we have had a lot of inquiries from families with young children wanting to take part, so this makes everything a little bit easier and safer for everyone.”