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Police warn Brexiteers planning 'go slow' protests on motorway

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Police have warned Brexiteers planning “go slow” protests on Britain’s motorways that they could face prosecution.

Pro-Brexit campaigners aim to cause gridlock using a convoy of slow-moving vehicles, targeting between 30 and 40 locations over the weekend.

One page in Somerset is targeting the A303 near Taunton, but just seven people have confirmed their attendance.

Other 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 file image of the M1, which protesters are targetting (Steve Parsons/PA)

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.”

Organiser Ian Charlesworth’s original group allegedly had over 21,000 members, but it appears to have been taken down from Facebook.

He 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 55-year-old said: “The ultimate aim is to make sure come hell or high water that Britain leaves on March 29.

“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.”

Mr 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.

He 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.

“But we are peacefully protesting and trying to get our point across in a sensible and rational manner.”

Mr Charlesworth said he is “not a fan” of the Prime Minister or 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.

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