Brexit 'go slow' in Notts and Derbyshire put at risk by chemical spillage near IKEA

A Brexit protest which would see drivers 'go slow' on the M1 for two junctions has been put at risk by a chemical spillage.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 4:57 pm
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 5:03 pm

Drivers were expected to meet at the IKEA on Giltbrook retail park, near junction 26 of the M1, at 6pm, and were hoping to drive slow up to junction 28, and back, at 30 miles per hour.

However, firefighters are currently combating a chemical spillage near junction 26 which could put the protest at risk.

The fire and rescue service said: "One 205 litre drum of chemicals had mixed with four other chemicals, causing a build-up of pressure. No one was injured and there is not thought to be any risk to the public."



Crews went to Gilt Way as a "precautionary measure" just after 09:30 but have since left.

Nottinghamshire Police have said the road is still closed.

Traffic is also very bad on the M1 after a crash closed off the motorway in both directions earlier today.

A spokesman for Highways England said: "Disruption warning: Due to the closure at J30 of the M1 in Derbyshire and the complexity of the closure/diversion implementation, please expect significant delays between J26 Nottingham Giltbrook and J30 Barlborough for the rest of the evening."