Canada issues UK travel warning after Brexit vote

Terrorism, possible clashes warned by Canadian government

Barry Ellsworth   | 29.03.2019
Canada issues UK travel warning after Brexit vote


The government issued a travel warning Friday for Canadians in the UK to “exercise a high degree of caution” because of large crowds of protesters taking to the streets after the third “no deal” Brexit vote. 

“Acts of violence could occur as well as confrontations between demonstrators and security forces,” Global Affairs Canada said in a tweet. “Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and nearby underground stations.”

Global Affairs also said there was a “threat of terrorism.”

The warning followed the third rejection by British lawmakers Friday of a Brexit breakaway plan from the European Union.

Thousands backing Brexit protested Thursday before the vote and a celebration was planned for Friday.

But when lawmakers rejected the deal, prospective partygoers could become angry demonstrators.

“Demonstrations are expected to take place in London on March 29, 2019,” Global Affairs tweeted. “Demonstrators will march in the Parliament’s vicinity, near the main government buildings on Whitehall and near Westminister Abbey.”

The travel warning is a rare occurrence, given Canada is a Commonwealth country and Queen Elizabeth is the country’s head of state.

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