Thousands of people have marched through Edinburgh to protest against Brexit and demand that ‘dictator’ Boris Johnson ‘get Parliament up and running again’.
Demonstrators gathered on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, before proceeding to a rally held outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood.
Most protesters took to the streets dressed in blue garments adorned with gold stars to replicate the EU flag and carried placards with a range of anti-Brexit slogans including one that read: ‘We are one family. Don’t divide us – we are European’.
The pace of the march was set by the all-female drum group called SheBoom who walked at the front of the congregation.
Thousands of people have marched through Edinburgh to protest against Brexit and demand that ‘dictator’ Boris Johnson ‘get Parliament up and running again’
Protesters took to the streets dressed in blue garments adorned with gold stars to replicate the EU flag
Marchers were joined by several politicians including SNP MP Joanna Cherry and Labour MP Ian Murray
Marchers were joined by politicians including SNP MP Joanna Cherry, Labour MP Ian Murray, the Scottish Government’s Europe minister Ben Macpherson, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton, and Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater.
Ms Cherry, who has helped to lead legal action against Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament, said that the Prime Minister had behaved like a ‘dictator’.
Ms Cherry said: ‘In order for us to give people a chance of another say on Brexit, we need to get Parliament up and running again.’
‘Of course, Boris Johnson has behaved like a dictator as the Prime Minister of a minority government suspending Parliament because it’s basically getting in his way.
‘But I’m cautiously optimistic that the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court will, like Scotland’s supreme court, find that the prorogation was unlawful and that Parliament will be returning to work soon.
‘Then in order to get a second vote, a People’s Vote, we have to work cross-party in order to get that.’
The pace of the march was set by the all-female drum group called SheBoom who walked at the front of the congregation
Most carrying placards with a range of anti-Brexit slogans including one that read: ‘We are one family. Don’t divide us – we are European’
Others carried witty slogans and EU-themed umbrellas as the proceeded through the city streets
Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray called the UK Government’s stance on Brexit ‘completely wrong’.
He said: ‘It’s the second rally in two days in Edinburgh where thousands of people have turned up to make their voices heard.
‘This is democratic change in action. What we’re trying to say to the UK Government is that their stance on Brexit’s completely wrong and that what we demand is that for these people that are marching today and for everyone across the United Kingdom, to get a final say referendum so that they can have their view on whether or not to remain in the European Union or back the Prime Minister’s deal.
‘That’s why we’re all here, we’re all championing that and we’re all fighting for it both on the streets and in Parliament.’
One slogan read ‘Strength in EUnity’ while another depicted Boris Johnson as the Incredible Hulk and read ‘The Incredible Sulk. Boreixt not Brexit’
Many demonstrators took a break from the protest to briefly cool off in the hot weather
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said that his party would revoke Article 50 in the event of winning a majority at a General Election
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton said that his party would revoke Article 50 in the event of winning a majority at a General Election.
He said: ‘I’ve been marching in these demos now for three years and that just shows how far this movement’s come.
‘We thought we’d be crashing out of the European Union in March and that didn’t happen, and the extensions have come and they’ve gone and we’re still in the European Union.
‘It gives me such hope that we are on the cusp of reversing Brexit and all the calamity that it represents.
Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray called the UK Government’s stance on Brexit ‘completely wrong’
Other MPs too including SNP Joanna Cherry described the Prime Minister as a ‘dictator’ which was echoed by signs stressing that ‘Brexit means fear’
‘We’re pushing hard, we need to keep up the momentum to get everybody’s voice heard to say that there is no better deal on the table than the one that we have as members of the European Union.’
He added: ‘The Liberal Democrats recognise that the coming General Election may be the last test of public will before we leave the European Union so we recognise that Boris Johnson is trying to make that a proxy for a People’s Vote.
‘As such, we’ll present the people of this country with an alternative, that is, no Brexit, and that a majority Liberal Democrat government will revoke Article 50 as the first thing that we do.’