As Boris Johnson attempts to get his newly EU-approved Brexit deal through Parliament on Saturday, Brits in France will be simultaneously taking part in protests calling for the UK’s exit from the EU on October 31st to be revoked, their rights to be protected and for a second referendum to be put to the people.
The main Brexit protest in France this weekend will be held in Place Saint Augustin in Paris on Saturday.
Hosted by Liberal Democrat representatives in France, the “Stop Brexit – Cross-Party Peaceful Demonstration” will run from 1pm to 5pm “to give people a final say on Brexit – and an option to remain in the EU”.
“The current government are making a mess of Brexit and the Liberal Democrats believe that any form of Brexit would be terrible for our country,” event organisers wrote on Facebook.
“That's why we're leading the way in stopping Brexit altogether.
“Whatever your politics though, if you believe Brexit isn't right for Britain's future, then you should be able to stop Brexit and remain in the European Union. Join us and let your voice be heard! The demonstration will be held in line with those being held across the UK. #StopBrexit #RevokeArticle50.”
If you’re interested in taking part, join the gathering outside Saint Augustin church in Paris’s 8th arrondissement at 1pm.
Another Brexit protest in France will be held outside the EU Parliament in Strasbourg at 2pm on Saturday.
“Whether you want to show your support for Europe and the EU, voice your opposition to Brexit, express your wish for a People’s Vote, demonstrate your concern about no deal or Boris or anything similar, then please come along,” reads the announcement for the “March for Europe Strasbourg” protest.
If you’re interested in taking part, “assemble outside the European Parliament from 2pm, with departure at 2:30-3pm”. Take an umbrella as rain is forecast.
Across the Channel in London hundreds of Britons living in the EU are expected to join a march through the UK capital to demand that the British public is given a final say on Brexit.
Citizens rights group Remain in France Together (RIFT) and campaign group Europeans United are calling on as many Brits as possible to make the trip from France to join the “Let us Be Heard People's Vote” march.
“The organisers are expecting huge numbers of people as this may be the final protest before the expected day to exit Europe on October 31st,” RIFT representatives have said.
“The march although huge will be extremely good natured and well-organised.”
European Union leaders endorsed a hard-fought Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces an uphill battle getting it through the British parliament.
“It looks like we are very close to the final stretch,” EU Council President Donald Tusk told reporters after the other 27 leaders approved the deal.
But despite optimism from Johnson, British opposition parties and some of the prime minister's own allies in the House of Commons were quick to warn they would not support it when it goes to a vote in a special sitting on Saturday.
If the deal is defeated, the prime minister is legally obliged to ask EU leaders to postpone Brexit for a third time – breaking his vow to lead Britain out on October 31st.