With outrage and protests growing against the UK Government’s suspension of Parliament in an attempt to force through a destructive No Deal, people will gather in Belfast’s historic Ulster Hall this Saturday (14 September) to demand “Let Us Be Heard.”
A line-up of speakers from business and across the political spectrum in Northern Ireland and the UK 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.
They will be joined by Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney (Sister Michael in the hit series) to demand that a final say referendum is held on any Brexit outcome and that voters should have the option of staying in the EU.
Political speakers will include Dominic Grieve QC MP, Claire Hanna MLA, Claire Bailey MLA, Naomi Long MEP, and Alastair Campbell.
Business speakers will include Beannchor CEO Bill Wolsey, Newry Commerce lead Deborah King alongside business owner and former GAA footballer John McAreavey.
Rallies and protests have sprung up in the last fortnight 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.
Commenting, Claire Hanna MLA, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign who will speak at the rally, said:
“Northern Ireland will be hit first and hardest by a No Deal crash out, yet people here did not vote for any Brexit. It is profoundly undemocratic to attempt to force a wretched No Deal on the people without their democratic consent, which is why we are demanding a final say referendum and the chance to vote to stay in the EU.”
Rally organiser Doire Finn of OFOC Northern Ireland, said:
“Peace and progress were precious and fragile here even before our future fell into the hands of someone as untrustworthy as Boris Johnson. An undemocratic No Deal threatens to turn the clock back to much darker times, as well as do untold damage to jobs and living standards. We refuse to have it forced on us without our say. We demand a People’s Vote.”