Difficulty removing pedals on Boardman bike

I recently made the decision to switch to clipless pedals after 2/3 months of riding on the stock plastic flat pedals that came with my Boardman SLR 8.6 road bike. However, when I attempted to remove the pedals using a 6mm allen key, they would not loosen no matter how much force was applied (honestly they felt welded on)!

I know that the right pedal follows the standard 'righty, tighty, lefty loosely' rule, while the left is the opposite, but despite following this the pedals wouldn't shift at all.

As a complete novice when it comes to road bikes I fear I am doing something completely wrong and don't want to damage my bike.

Can anyone offer some advice?

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