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Derry Girls star among speakers at rally protesting at suspension of parliament

Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney. Picture by PA

DERRY Girls star Siobhan McSweeney and former Gaelic footballer John McAreavey will be among speakers at a rally in Belfast objecting to the British government's suspension of parliament.

Figures from the business and political worlds will also attend the event at the Ulster Hall on Saturday, which has been organised by the People's Vote campaign.

Organisers of the 'Let Us Be Heard' rally say they want to "make clear their opposition to the democratic outrage of Boris Johnson's government proroguing parliament for five weeks in the crucial period leading up to the current Brexit deadline of October 31".

Ms McSweeney, who plays Sister Michael in the hit Channel 4 comedy, will be joined by Mr McAreavey, businessman Bill Wolsey and Deborah King from Newry Chamber of Commerce.

Political speakers will include prominent Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, SDLP MLA Claire Hanna, Greens leader Claire Bailey, Alliance leader and MEP Naomi Long and former Downing Street communications chief Alastair Campbell.

The People's Vote campaign has been organising a series of rallies across the UK, culminating in another march through London on October 19.

Ms Hanna said: "Northern Ireland will be hit first and hardest by a no deal crash out, yet people here did not vote for any Brexit.

"It is profoundly undemocratic to attempt to force a wretched no deal on the people without their democratic consent, which is why we are demanding a final say referendum and the chance to vote to stay in the EU."

Rally organiser Doire Finn said: "An undemocratic no deal threatens to turn the clock back to much darker times, as well as do untold damage to jobs and living standards.

"We refuse to have it forced on us without our say. We demand a People's Vote."

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