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Suffolk EU supporters prepare for their biggest anti-Brexit rally to date

PUBLISHED: 10:32 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 20 February 2018

Members of the Suffolk EU Alliance at an event in London last September. Picture: PHILIP GOUGH

Members of the Suffolk EU Alliance at an event in London last September. Picture: PHILIP GOUGH

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A Suffolk organisation, which formed to “stop Brexit”, claims to be growing in numbers as it approaches its largest event to date – a regional rally on a nationwide day of action.

The event will take place at Ipswich Waterfront. Picture: DAVID VINCENT The event will take place at Ipswich Waterfront. Picture: DAVID VINCENT

The Suffolk EU Alliance will be hosting like-minded groups from across the region for the Great Eastern March at Ipswich Waterfront on Saturday, March 24.

With the motto “Let’s Stay Together”, the event will feature a rally, speeches and stalls celebrating the UK’s “European identity”, during one of 12 major anti-Brexit gatherings held that day across the UK.

Organisers say they expect to confirm some “very interesting speakers” and hope remain supporters will join them in demanding the Government gives the nation a vote on the final deal that is negotiated for Brexit.

Alliance member Philip Gough said: “Come and join us if you believe the UK is stronger and safer as a major European power in the European Union and if you think the right to work, study, live and conduct business without any barriers in 27 other European countries is worth fighting for.”

Lord Deben addressing a previous Suffolk EU Alliance event in Halesworth. Picture: GEORGE HARVEY Lord Deben addressing a previous Suffolk EU Alliance event in Halesworth. Picture: GEORGE HARVEY

The group, which formed in late 2016, has been holding events around the county to share its message and gather new recruits.

Although nearly 60% of Suffolk voters supported leaving the EU at the June 2016 referendum, the group claims to be attracting an “ever increasing” membership.

Its latest event in Halesworth saw around 40 people discuss how to deliver the group’s message that “Brexit can be stopped - if it can be clearly shown to be damaging our country’s economy, reputation and democracy”.

Mr Gough said the group was keen to hear from more people, even if they cannot attend events.

“The important thing is that as many of us as possible stand up to be counted, especially if a second referendum is called,” he added.

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019, with leading “Brexiteers” insisting it will be a success.

Brexit secretary David Davis has dismissed concerns that Brexit will lead to a “Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction”. Instead, he said there would be “close, even-handed cooperation” between regulatory authorities in the UK and EU to underpin a post-Brexit trade deal.

Email the group or visit its website for more information about Suffolk EU Alliance.

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