Camden to hold its own rally against parliament shutdown
Demo to be staged in Russell Square on Saturday
29 August, 2019 — By Richard Osley
A RALLY against Boris Johnson’s decision to shut down parliament – a move widely seen as a measure to make it harder for MPs to oppose a no deal Brexit – is to be held in Camden this weekend.
Labour council leader Georgia Gould said this evening (Thursday) that opponents to a crashing divorce from Europe and the Prime Minister’s prorogation tactics were uniting for the event in set up for Russell Square.
Cross-party speakers will take over the park on Saturday for the ‘Camden Defends Democracy Rally’ from 10,30 am with organisers urging residents to show the strength of feeling by joining them there.
Cllr Gould will be joined by Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq, Holborn and St Pancras MP Sir Keir Starmer, Camden Unison branch secretary Liz Wheatley, Sian Berry, a councillor in Camden and also the Green Party’s national co-leader, and representatives from the Liberal Democrats.
Council leader Georgia Gould
After the rally, campaigners will head to a national protest outside Downing Street.
“Camden will not stand by and watch an unelected Prime Minister trample on our democracy to force through a ‘no deal’ Brexit,” said Cllr Gould. “Camden is proud of our diverse community, our connections to Europe, our EU citizens, our openness and we stand in solidarity with our allies across the UK and EU making their voices heard..”
Around three quarters of Camden residents who took part in the 2016 EU referendum voted to remain in the union.