With outrage and protests growing against the Government’s suspension of Parliament in an attempt to force through a destructive Brexit, people will gather in Newport this Friday (13 September) to demand “Let Us Be Heard.”
At city centre venue The Neon, a line-up of local speakers and national politicians will make clear their opposition to the democratic outrage of Boris Johnson’s government proroguing Parliament for five weeks in the crucial period leading up to the current Brexit deadline of October 31st.
The rally will include speeches from Plaid Cymru leader, Adam Price AM, Owen Smith MP, Anna Soubry MP, Deputy leader of the Green Party Amelia Womack, Guto Bebb MP, NUS Wales President Rob Simkins, youth activist Rebekah Fleming and Vale of Glamorgan businesswoman Sally Stephenson.
Across the UK, rallies and protests are springing up as people refuse to allow Boris Johnson’s government to rail-road our democracy in pursuit of a destructive Brexit for which they have no mandate.
The People’s Vote campaign has been organising a series of rallies across the UK through the summer and autumn, culminating in another huge march through central London on October 19.
Ahead of the rally, Owen Smith, MP for Pontypridd said: “What is being planned by Boris Johnson is a million miles away from anything that was promised in 2016 and that is why the Brexit debate has now essentially come down to one question: can Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings be allowed to get away with forcing their calamitous No Deal crisis on Britain without us having any say?
“No-one voted for this in 2016 and that’s why I will be arguing on Friday in the Neon in Newport that the best way to resolve this crisis is to put the voters back in charge of the European question.”
And Rob Simkins, the president of NUS Wales will also address the rally and will say: "My generation, and future generations, face being sold up the river by a group of Hard Brexiter politicians. Hard Brexiters who have so readily enjoyed and exploited the rights they now wish to strip us of.
"But since 2016, more than two million young people in the UK have celebrated their 18th birthday and gained the right to vote. And we’re seeing the effects of that – recent polling has shown that 14 Welsh constituencies that voted Leave are now pro-Remain. The tide has well and truly turned, and I’m proud to say that this is being led by young people."