Activist groups have called for nationwide protests to be held over the coming days following the announcement on Wednesday, August 28, that Parliament will be suspended until October 14. This announcement comes ahead of the October 31 deadline for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. Protesters allege that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's decision to suspend parliament will prevent lawmakers from passing laws that might stop a no-deal withdrawal. Times and locations of protests are as follows:
Thursday, August 29:
Saturday, August 31:
- Glasgow: 14:00 at George Square
- Leeds: 11:00 at Town Hall
- Liverpool: 12:00 at St. George's Hall
- London: 12:00 at Downing Street
- Manchester: 12:00 at Cathedral Gardens
- Newcastle: 12:00 at Grey's Monument
- Nottingham: 11:00 at Brian Clough Statue
- Oxford: 11:00 at location TBA
- Sheffield: 11:00 at Town Hall
- York: 12:00 at St. Helen's Square
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions, such as road closures and traffic congestion, is to be expected around demonstration sites.
On June 23, 2016, British voters surprised international observers after a slim majority (51.9 percent) voted "Leave" on a referendum regarding whether or not the United Kingdom should remain a member of the EU. Tensions following the vote have been widespread, and a number of demonstrations have taken place in European cities over the past years. The deadline for the UK to leave the EU is set to take place on October 31, 2019.
Individuals in the UK are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all protests as a precaution, anticipate localized disruptions, allow ample travel time, and obey instructions issued by the local authorities.
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