UK: Thousands march in Glasgow for independence in Scotland
Tens of thousands of people have taken to streets to attend marches in Galsgow to demand independence for Scotland.
There were an estimated 35,000 at the procession which began at Kelvingrove Park on Saturday morning and ended with a rally on Glasgow Green.
The event was one of a series being held across Scotland by All Under One Banner which describes itself as a “pro-independence organization whose core aim is to march at regular intervals until Scotland is free.”
Coordinator Neil Mackay said, “The purpose is to grow the movement, to galvanize us and bring more people on board, and to give as good a representation of the movement as we can.”
“As far as we’re all concerned there will be another independence referendum, and it’ll be before 2021 when Brexit finally happens. We’re ready, and we’ll be doing this every year all over Scotland.”
Mackay said the demonstrators were from all over Scotland and elsewhere, including England and Germany.
“We’ve got a strong English Scots for Yes contingent on the march today which is great,” he said. “There’s a delegation from Germany, and from people all around the world who have had flights and hotels booked for months.”
This comes as there has been slow progress in the negotiations between the UK and the EU over the Brexit deal due to some disagreements.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has said that British MPs are likely to reject the deal unless an agreement on future trade with the EU has been secured.
In Britain’s 2016 referendum, 52 percent, or 17.4 million people, voted to leave the EU while 48 percent, or 16 million, voted to stay. However, 55 percent of people in Scotland voted in favor of staying in the UK.
Prime Minister Theresa May insists Britain will leave the EU as planned and there will be no rerun of the Brexit referendum.