Brexiteers could face prosecution over ‘go slow’ protests planned for motorways
- Credit: PA Wire/PA Images
Police have warned Brexiteers planning 'go slow' protests on the UK's roads that they could face prosecution.
According to organisers the demonstrations aim to ensure the UK leaves the EU on March 29 by causing gridlock on motorways and A roads using a convoy of slow-moving vehicles, targeting between 30 and 40 locations over the weekend.
Among the roads targeted are the M25, M6 and M1, which is partially policed by Derbyshire Police, which said it has 'been made aware of the protest' and is 'liaising with organisers'.
A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: 'Those taking part in any protest - on a high-speed road - should be aware that if the manner of their driving endangers other road users then they may be liable to prosecution.'
The RAC advises that while most motorways in the UK do not have an official minimum speed limit 'travelling too slowly can be considered dangerous' and might attract attention from police.
You may also want to watch:
Pro-Brexit organiser Ian Charlesworth said the protests could cause 'serious gridlock' and believes MPs and the Home Office 'will be looking at it', but added he does not know how effective the protests will be.
'The ultimate aim is to make sure come hell or high water that Britain leaves on March 29,' the 55-year-old told the Press Association.
- 1 Tory MP blames 'chaotic parents' for children going to school hungry
- 2 Boris Johnson 'hid in bedroom' to avoid grilling on Brexit stance days before becoming PM
- 3 Danny Dyer praised for criticisms of Tory party - pointing out Etonians can't run the country
- 4 George Osborne says it is 'game over' for Boris Johnson over free school meals
- 5 UKIP set to select 'Dr Gammons' as candidate for London mayoral election
- 6 Liz Truss' department slammed for false claim about cost of soy sauce after Brexit
- 7 Andy Burnham could have been 'halfway through tenure as PM by now', claims commentator
- 8 Minister sparks concerns about pig semen after Brexit
- 9 Minister says he 'doesn't understand' accusation he's starving kids in holidays
- 10 Brexiteer in lockdown denial over 49% drop in constituency Covid-19 cases
'(Theresa) May said last night that she was with the people, blaming the MPs, I expect her to be with me at the North Wales events to show solidarity with the general public against the MPs.'
In response to the protest plans a National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) spokesman said: 'The police will support Highways England who are responsible for keeping our road network moving.
'We will also deal with any unlawful obstruction or other motoring offences as they become apparent.'
The protests have been organised through social media, with Charleworth's Facebook group containing over 21,000 members.
Charlesworth, from Flintshire, Wales, said some of the most popular 'go slow' events have between 200 and 250 attending online, which he believes will amount to around 150 vehicles in their convoy.
Charlesworth said he has 'no worries at all legally' because 'you have a legal right in this country to peaceful protest'.
'Generally police will facilitate these things but they draw the line when someone starts getting violent,' he said.
'But we are peacefully protesting and trying to get our point across in a sensible and rational manner.'
Charlesworth said he is 'not a fan' of the prime minister any other MPs as they 'don't care about the public', and said he wants the Government to honour the UK's 'democratic decision' on Brexit.
The organiser said the majority of the events will take place on Friday at around 6.30pm or 7pm.
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.