Brexit Betrayal Rally: Tommy Robinson and Ukip leader-backed protest to see thousands descend on central London

Protesters will march through central London for a pro-Brexit rally backed by English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson and Ukip's leader.

Several thousand people are expected to descend on the streets of the capital this Sunday to demand that there is no “betrayal” over Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The rally will take place just three days before parliament’s crucial vote on Theresa May's deal.

Almost 4,000 people have said they are going or interested in going on a Facebook event page set up ahead of the Brexit Betrayal Rally.

A counter-protests has also been planned. Police say an "appropriate and proportionate" policing plan will be in place.

Tommy Robinson, who has been appointed as a Ukip adviser, is backing the march (REUTERS)

The demonstration will see them gather outside the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane before marching up to Whitehall where a rally will be staged.

Organisers posted: “This is a cross-party People's Rally to show our MPs that the 17.4 million who voted Leave really meant what we said!

“We need as many people here as possible.”

Ukip leader Gerard Batten (PA)

Among the expected speakers are Ukip leader Gerard Batten, who will discuss “the political aspects of Brexit”, and far right activist Mr Robinson.

Mr Batten’s association with Mr Robinson has led to backlash from the party’s membership, including resignations of a number of its more high profile figures.

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage quits party

Nigel Farage, who quit the party this week, was among those to heavily criticise the appointment of Mr Robinson as an adviser to the party. However Mr Batten survived a no-confidence vote.

Organisers added: “There will be prominent speakers from across society speaking on the various aspects of national life that will continue to be adversely affected by Theresa May's 'Withdrawal Agreement', from farming, fishing, immigration, the military, police, to criminal justice.

“There will also be speakers from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales explaining how the very Union of the United Kingdom is under threat.

“This will be a democratic and peaceful demonstration expressing the strength of feeling amongst Leavers despite the torrent of anti-Brexit propaganda we have been exposed to for almost two and a half years.”

A police spokeswoman said: "The Met is aware of an intention to hold a march in central London on Sunday, December 9. We are also aware of plans for a counter-protest on the same day.

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