Pro-European demo in Edinburgh part of UK ‘day of action’
Campaigning events have been organised across the UK by the European Movement, Open Britain and Britain for Europe.
Demonstrators calling for the public to be given a vote on the final Brexit deal will be out in Scotland’s capital.
Thousands of marchers are expected in Edinburgh on Saturday, with the city hosting one of the events planned as part of what organisers claim will be the largest ever pro European day of action.
It comes ahead of the launch of a People’s Vote campaign on Sunday, calling for Britain to hold a ballot on the final deal for the UK’s departure from the European Union.
This Saturday, we will campaign for a #FinalSay for the people on the #Brexit deal. Join us and @YEMEdinburgh at the northern end of Middle Meadow Walk in #Edinburgh, starting at 11am. We're getting a lot of interest in volunteering, this will be a big day across all of Britain! pic.twitter.com/7yHd7xuCIG— European Movement Sc (@euromovescot) April 11, 2018
The day of action is being organised by the European Movement, Open Britain and Britain for Europe, with more than 100 planned across the UK, from Aberdeen to Falmouth.
Thousands of activists will be taking part, with 500,000 leaflets being handed out and more than 100 street stalls set up.
Juuso Jarviniemi, president of the Young European Movement, said they were taking part in the Edinburgh demonstration with other groups “to persuade the Scottish people that we should all have a say on the final Brexit deal”.
The Edinburgh University student added: “Each day that passes shows Brexit is turning out to be much more complicated and costly than people were told during the referendum.
“Scotland voted clearly to remain and that’s why its people should get the chance to vote on the final Brexit deal. It would be fair and democratic.”
BFE: We're part of the LARGEST EVER National Day of Action taking place across the country on April 14th. You can find out more thanks to our partners at @euromove right here: https://t.co/d2DoUkYQHs and plan your day at an event NEAR to where you live! #VoteOnTheTerms 💙— Britain for Europe (@_Britain4Europe) April 9, 2018
James McGrory, executive director of the Open Britain campaign group, said: “Our largest ever national day of action is all about bringing together the various pro-European groups so that we can speak with one, unified voice, because we know that together we are stronger.”
Meanwhile James MacCleary, the campaign director of European Movement UK, said: “The pro-European movement is gaining in strength and momentum and that progress will be reflected this weekend with a huge demonstration of grassroots power in favour of a People’s Vote on the Brexit deal.”
Anne Weyman, vice chair of Britain for Europe, stated: “We may come from different political parties, different traditions and different groups, but we are united by our desire for the people to have their say on the Brexit deal and we are determined to make sure their voice is heard loud and clear.”