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British man living in France pedalling 600 kilometres to Westminster to deliver anti-Brexit petition

Peter Hearn urges government to put the brakes on the UK leaving the EU

A British man who lives in south western France is pedalling 600 kilometres to Westminster deliver a 15,000-signature petition against Brexit to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Paul Hearn, aged 57, will also deliver a copy of the petition, hosted on, to Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, reports the Connexion France website.

Mr Hearn, who lives in the Charente department in France's Nouvelle Aquitaine region, started the petition because he says that voters were not provided with accurate information ahead of last year’s vote to enable them to make an informed decision.

He also believes that the views of many voters may have changed during the intervening 15 months, and that MPs should be allowed to have a free vote about whether to proceed with Brexit.

“Everyone in the UK and UK nationals living in other EU countries will be affected if Brexit continues in the current political atmosphere,” he wrote on the petition's page.= on

Speaking to Connexion France before heading off on his ride, he said: “I have received support for my cycle ride from many people in France and I will be meeting a few of them as I cycle north.

“I included quite a lot of text with my petition to explain my motivation and concerns – why a 57-year-old, 97kg, bloke who has never done anything political in his life feels he has to raise a petition and then get on his bike to bring more attention to it.”

He is due to arrive in Westminster on Friday.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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