Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2019

Brexit protest: Momentum target Queen with calls for Buckingham Palace demonstration | Politics | News


An activist from the left-wing Corbynista group is calling for protests against the 93-year-old monarch, who this week granted Boris Johnson permission to prorogue Parliament for five weeks. Momentum activist Michael Chessum, who once dismissed Jeremy Corbyn’s “kinder politics” in favour of “heads on sticks” has organised a series of rallies to disrupt large towns and cities that could involve hundreds of thousands of protesters. He is encouraging “civil disobedience in whatever form it takes” including marching to Buckingham Palace and protesting against the Queen.

But his warning fails to take into account the Queen had no choice but to approve Mr Johnson’s request to suspend Parliament, as her role is procedural and dictated by convention.

Mr Chessum told The Times: “These protests will be unpredictable. We will organise the rallies but then what people do is anybody’s guess.

“There are a lot of passionate and angry people and we cannot just persuade Boris Johnson nicely that what he is doing is wrong.

“We are encouraging civil disobedience, in whatever form that takes. It might mean shutting down bridges, it might mean marching to Buckingham Palace and protesting the Queen.

“We are against Brexit but this protest is uniting people from all over the spectrum — it’s not just Remainers, it’s people who support Brexit but disagree with what Boris Johnson is doing.

“There will be disruption and I’m sorry for that but in the face of what Boris is planning, it will be worth it. The suffragettes burnt down the home of David Lloyd George, the chancellor of the exchequer — I’m sure that was disruptive for him.

“We’re facing a situation where the Prime Minister is attempting to delay a Brexit deal and turn us into a tax haven aligned with Donald Trump. These are huge issues at stake.”

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