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'No to Boris' rally to take to the streets of London

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By Tom Pilgrim, PA

Anti-Brexit protesters are to march through central London today, just days before the country's new Prime Minister is announced.

The "No to Boris, Yes to Europe" demonstration will process from Mayfair's Park Lane to Parliament Square in Westminster from midday.

Boris Johnson, who is widely expected to be named as the winner of the Tory leadership contest on Tuesday, is the protest's main political target.

Throughout his leadership campaign bid, Mr Johnson has pledged to lead the UK out of the EU by the current October 31 deadline.

An inflatable "Boris Blimp" will be launched in Parliament Square from 10am, ahead of the main demonstration.

The balloon is inspired by the "Baby Trump" blimp that mocked US President Donald Trump during his visit to the UK last month.

March for Change, a network pro-Europe grassroots groups organising the demonstration, said the Boris Blimp featured Mr Johnson's "faux-dishevelled hairstyle and the mismatched running gear favoured for his doorstep photo-ops".

The inflatable version of the former Foreign Secretary will be wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a red bus and the figure "£350m" - a reference to Mr Johnson's Brexit referendum promise of clawing back funding for the NHS.

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