Jeremy Corbyn backs plan to bring roads, bridges and cities to a halt in protest against Boris Johnson

Jeremy Corbyn has endorsed a plot by his hard-left supporters to “shut down the streets” by whipping up the biggest act of civil disobedience in decades to protest Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans.

The Labour leader urged his MPs to join protesters planning to “occupy bridges and blockade roads” in 10 major cities in what some activists have already likened to the 1990 Poll Tax riots. 

The demonstrations have been organised by Momentum, the campaign group formed to propel Mr Corbyn to the leadership of the Labour Party.

The national co-ordinator of Momentum said ” Our message to Mr Johnson is this ” If you steal our democracy, we’ll shut down the streets.”

The Jeremy Corbyn supporting campaign has called for people to join ”StopTheCoup” protests and shut down the streets across the UK, in response to the plans which campaigners fear will make stopping a no deal brexit impossible.

The Labour leader wrote to MPs on Thursday urging them to join protests as he revealed he would be addressing a rally in Salford on Monday.

It comes after prominent Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle called for a general strike and other MPs said they would occupy the common’s chamber.

He added ” We need a mass movement of resistance, with marches, civil disobedience and protects in every village, town and city of the country.”

Protests are expected to take place across the country from Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Liverpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Norwich.

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