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Flag Market protest for Brexit deal referendum has been scaled back

Posted on - 28th September, 2018 - 9:23am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
When the Brexit battle-bus came to Preston during the 2016 referendum Pic: Tony Worrall
When the Brexit battle-bus came to Preston during the 2016 referendum Pic: Tony Worrall

A protest planned on the Flag Market calling for a people’s vote on Brexit has been scaled back.

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A group of protesters planned to meet following the debate of a UK wide vote at this week’s Labour Party Conference.

‘Together Against Brexit’ campaign was launched, encouraging Prestonians to come out in support of a second referendum on Saturday 29 September.

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However, due to Preston Pride and Run Preston taking place over the weekend, the ‘protest’ will now only see a stall where leaflets will be handed out.

Preston City Council said they cannot support the protest with the other events already set in stone.

A spokesperson from Preston City Council said: “We cannot support or approve an organised protest on the Flag Market this weekend with two major events – Preston Pride and Run Preston – already taking place.

“The Council has been in dialogue with the organisers of ‘Brexit a campaign for a People’s Vote’ who are having a stall as part of the Pride Festival and in lieu of the protest.”

A spokesperson for the campaign group said: “We aren’t actually protesting but giving out leaflets in the city. The Lib Dem’s have said that we can use their Pride stall as a base from which to distribute our leaflets to out people who will be giving them out.

“I have spoken to one of the Pride organisers and she is fine with this arrangement.  I have informed someone at the PCC accordingly.”

Will you be visiting the stall? Are you taking part in Preston Pride or Run Preston? Let us know in the comments below

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