Brexiteers' latest protest involves staying at home and doing nothing

PUBLISHED: 11:59 08 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:25 08 April 2019

A pro-Brexit demonstrator adjusts his placards in Westminster ahead of a protest. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire.

A pro-Brexit demonstrator adjusts his placards in Westminster ahead of a protest. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire.

A new protest against Brexit that they hope will "bring the country to its knees" involves sitting in the dark all day and using no electricity.

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The “national strike” has been planned for Friday April 12 - the next Brexit deadline which could see the UK crash out of the European Union if there is no extension.

The Brexiteer organisers are urging people to switch off their television sets and their mobile phones and stay at home.

They believe the protest could cost the country £250 million a day.

According to a group on Facebook entitled “Brexit Blackout! 12th of April” the protesters will avoid cars, electricity, and shopping.

Pro-Brexit protesters rally outside the Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire.Pro-Brexit protesters rally outside the Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire.

They claim if the strikes go ahead for several days “they would have no choice but to listen”.

A post says: “I am proposing a national strike on the 12th for all of those that voted leave.

“A one day strike, no cars, no electricity, no shopping, just sitting at home with the TV off, nationally would cause our Government and the huge tax dodging businesses that benefit from the EU partnership a major issue as the loss would be in excess of £250 million for just one day of standing still.

“Imagine their concern if they thought we would go on to do this for two or even three days, they would have no choice but to listen.

“Turn off your TVs, turn off your phones – national blackout. It’s time to get our voices heard.”

Explaining the thinking behind the protest, the organiser said: “It’s for those of us that have been misled by our politicians and have been victims of what is becoming a dictatorship.

“We have been given the illusion of choice when in reality neither the remainers or leave voters have any say in what is actually going to happen.”

“It is time we realise the power we hold if we stand united.”

An image promoting the Brexit 'Blackout' on Facebook. Photograph: Facebook.An image promoting the Brexit 'Blackout' on Facebook. Photograph: Facebook.

The group presently has 2,507 members at the time of writing.

A previous protest - which involved going slow on motorways ahead of March 29th - was branded a flop by supporters.

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