On the evening the UK left the EU, there was a large pro-EU rally outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood. I had intended to stay most of the evening, but only last an hour and a half or so. The rally had morphed from a remembrance and celebration of the EU into a full-on independence rally – very understandable, but it wasn’t necessarily what I was after.
There were good speeches by several SNP politicians – Joanna Cherry, Mike Russell (for the second time that day), Alyn Smith and Tommy Sheppard; Smith and Sheppard were particularly good, as they usually are.
A massed choir (and much of the rally) sang Auld Lang Syne and the Ode to Joy, provoking tears in many of the crowd, after which I decided to go. It was all a bit too much.
I couldn’t photograph the speakers. There were flags – lots of flags – so I photographed them instead. The flags had a lot to say.
On Friday afternoon, ahead of the UK leaving the EU, there was an event organised by Edinburgh4Europe with support from the European Movement In Scotland, “How Can Scotland Keep Her Rightful Place Within Europe and the European Union?”
I may write about the afternoon elsewhere, but in the meantime, here are some pictures from the event.
Mhairi Snowden, Human Rights Consortium Scotland.
Mark Diffley, Analysing Public Opinion.
Dr Benjamin Martill, Dentre on Constitutional Change.
Dr Kirsty Hughes, Scottish Centre for European Relations.
Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Business.
Mark Lazarowicz, European Movement In Scotland.
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Following the UK government’s announcement of plans to prorogue (suspend) the UK Parliament, there was an impromptu march in Edinburgh as people took to the streets to express their anger.
This placard describes how I feel.
The People’s Vote campaign held a rally in Edinburgh during the Festival Fringe in August 2019.
Jess Phillips MP
Hazel Jones and Alistair Campbell
Joanna Cherry MP