RALLY AND CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
31st January 2019 5-7.30pm and 10-11pm
Outside Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Thousands will gather outside the Scottish Parliament on “Brexit Day”, January 31st to protest against Scotland being dragged from the EU and to call for a second independence referendum so Scots have the chance to re-join the European Union as an independent state.
More than a dozen Edinburgh-based groups are urging Remain voters and Yes supporting Scots to join them at the “Missing EU Already” rally outside Holyrood from 5pm -7.30pm on Brexit Day 31st January. There will also be a candlelight vigil outside Holyrood between 10-11.30pm
The rally will be entertained from 5pm by musicians. Speakers start from 5.30pm, compered by writer and journalist Lesley Riddoch. The line-up includes Joanna Cherry MP, Tommy Sheppard MP, Ellen Hofer, artist, activist and German/New Scot and more to be announced. Musicians include Andrew Gordon and the Bells. During the candlelight vigil there will be a light show to commemorate Scotland’s forced departure from the EU and an “Au Revoir” farewell march with an EU flag display, plus 20 stalls, a catering van and mobile toilets.
The event is being organised by the Edinburgh Yes Hub and is
supported by the Commonweal, English Scots 4 Yes, Pensioners 4 Yes,
Musselburgh, Inch, Gracemount, Craigmillar, Midlothian, Morningside and Marchmont Yes Groups, Edinburgh Women for Independence and the Scottish Independence Foundation.
Joanna Cherry MP said;
“At the 2016 EU referendum and at every election thereafter the people of Scotland have voted to remain in the EU. On 31 January as the British Government drags us out of the EU against our will it’s important that we come together in Scotland’s capital city to show Europe & the world our desire to be an equal member of the EU family of nations.”
Tommy Shepherd MP said;
“On 31st January, the debate on Brexit ends – but the campaign to get the power to determine Scotland’s own future relationship with Europe begins in earnest.”
Journalist Lesley Riddoch said;
“A large turnout in Edinburgh will represent Scots and also
millions of Remain voters across the UK in a much-needed riposte to the tasteless triumphalism likely to happen as Boris Johnson celebrates Brexit in London. The SNP won a clear mandate for a second independence referendum to let Remain-voting Scotland choose its own future. Scottish campaigners will not go away, until that mandate is fulfilled.”
Organiser Mike Blackshaw said;
“We decided to call this demonstration because Scots must show our resolute opposition to this theft of our European identity. Scotland benefits from EU membership and has a lot to give back.”