A RALLY is set to take place in Leigh town centre on Saturday afternoon in favour of Britain leaving the European Union (EU).

Brexit campaigners will make their feelings known between 12.30pm and 2.30pm about the issue which has dominated national politics for the last three years.

In the National Referendum in 2016, 63.89 per cent of the borough voted to leave the EU and the newly-created Wigan Borough 4 Brexit Group have been protesting about it.

Facing torrential rain on Saturday, the group turned up in force outside the Grand Arcade shopping centre in Wigan.

A group spokesman said: “We’re delighted to report that membership of the Wigan Borough 4 Brexit is surging.

"Many Wigan borough constituents who are not on social media came over in person at our rally yesterday to express their support and sign up to our group.

“We were also delighted to see so many young people coming over at the rally to express their support saying that they believe in democracy and are disgusted that democracy is being undermined by those calling for a second referendum to quash the 2016 referendum result .”

The group are aiming to lobby borough MPs Jo Platt, Lisa Nandy and Yvonne Fovargue to vote against amendments that could take No Deal off the table and extend the date that Britain is due to leave the EU, which is currently set to be Friday, March 29.

The spokesman added: “It would be a nonsensical negotiating strategy to take No Deal off the table – the UK would be forced to accept the EU’s terms and it is guaranteed to result in the worst deal possible.

"We suspect it is merely a cynical ploy to overturn the Referendum result and block Brexit all together.”

A petition set up by the group to honour a Labour 2017 General Election pledge to "respect the result" of the referendum to leave the EU at the end of the month was also passed around at the protest.

To view it online click here.

Last night, Tuesday, a second withdrawal deal from the Government was overwhelmingly voted down by MPs by a majority of 149 votes.

Another vote will take place at the House of Commons at 7pm this evening, Wednesday, asking MPs whether they want the UK to leave the EU without a deal.