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Pro-European event in Edinburgh as ‘day of action’ takes place across UK

Activists in the capital will be campaigning for the public to be given a final say on the Brexit deal.

Campaigners calling for the public to be given a vote on the final Brexit deal will be out in Scotland’s capital this weekend.

Activists are expected in Edinburgh on Saturday as pro-European events take place around the UK.

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.

The day of action is being organised by the European Movement, Open Britain and Britain for Europe, with more than 100 events 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 demonstration in Edinburgh 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.”

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.”

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.”

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