British police not excluding unrest for today
Scotland Yard said it was ready to share resource across the country if disorder breaks out at numerous planned pro-Brexit demonstrations and following threats of riots by far-right extremists in London and across the UK on Friday.
UKIP, Tommy Robinson, the UK “yellow vests”, Democratic Football Lads Alliance and Leave Means Leave campaign are holding rallies in the capital, on the day Britain was due to leave the EU.
Counter-protesters are planning to meet them after accusing anti-Islam groups of using Brexit as a platform to spread their extreme far-right agenda.
The Metropolitan Police is working to prevent clashes at the demonstrations, which will be held amid heightened tensions over a vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons.
Supporters were due to meet near the Shard on Friday afternoon, at the same time several other demonstrations were due to take place on the other side of the Thames.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council said forces across the country were prepared for potential demonstrations.
Via The Independent