Co­me­dian back­ing Brexit march

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STEVE Coogan is help­ing pay for peo­ple to travel from Manch­ester to Lon­don to join a march in sup­port of the ref­er­en­dum on the fi­nal Brexit deal.

The co­me­dian, from Mid­dle­ton, is among a list of celebri­ties who have agreed to do­nate at least £1,000 each for coach travel for protesters later this month. ‘March for the Fu­ture,’ or­gan­ised by the Peo­ple’s Vote Cam­paign, will take place on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20. The event has been billed by or­gan­is­ers as ‘the most im­por­tant protest of our gen­er­a­tion.’ Coogan was a vo­cal Re­mainer in the run up to the EU Ref­er­en­dum in 2016.

His do­na­tion will help pay for Manch­ester protesters to travel to Lon­don. Au­thor Ian McEwan, ac­tor Sir Pa­trick Ste­wart and TV chef Delia Smith are also on the list of spon­sors. Cam­paign­ers are hop­ing at least 100,000 peo­ple will show up for the march, which takes place two days af­ter the sched­uled dead­line for the Brexit deal to be signed with the EU. It will see peo­ple gather in Park Lane be­fore protesters move through Lon­don.

Last year Coogan said he was con­flicted about ad­dress­ing Brexit in a new series of Alan Par­tridge.

He even­tu­ally de­cided to in­clude the topic as ‘hav­ing a fool praise some­thing is a far more pow­er­ful in­dict­ment than just crit­i­cis­ing it.’

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