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Met Police waterdown Gerard Batten’s water cannon claims over Brexit rally

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
29th Mar 19 11:02 am

The Metropolitan Police have dismissed Gerard Batten MEP claims, that water cannons would be used on pro-Brexit marchers who are congregating in London on Friday.

Batten MEP said on Twitter, “There are reports that water cannon may be deployed tomorrow in London, & that some of the police may try to aggregate and provoke Brexiteers.

“There is always the danger of provocateurs planted to cause trouble.”

The UKIP leader added, “I hope it is not true, but I call on everyone present to be peaceful.”

However, the police were quick to respond to Batten saying, “Those reports are indisputably false.”

Today’s march will see pro-Brexit groups demonstrate in London calling on MPs to leave the EU on 29 March.

The police later said, “No water cannons are owned or used by the Met Police. Any suggestion that we are intending to use water cannons or seeking to agitate any protestors is baseless and false.

“We will continue to work with partners and public to put public safety at the heart of everything we do.”

When Boris Johnson was mayor of London, he bought a water cannon for crowd control however, BoJo never checked to see if they can be allowed to be used in the capital. Theresa May then the home secretary banned them.

‘Make Brexit Happen Rally’ will start at 4pm in Whitehall and UKIP party will be hosting the event.

In a statement the Met Police said, “To date, protests have been largely peaceful, and we have no intelligence at this time to suggest that will change.

We “will be ready to respond should any incidents or other spontaneous protests arise.

“Our officers are well trained to maintain public order and we have been involved in planning across the UK to ensure that police forces are able to respond effectively.”

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