Tens of hundreds of Scottish independence supporters occupy marched thru Glasgow within the first of a sequence of protests deliberate for the upcoming one year.
The All Below One Banner (AUOB) march from the west discontinue to Glasgow Inexperienced took converse in very sad climate conditions.
A mass rally that became as soon as on account of be held afterwards became as soon as cancelled after rain and excessive winds had been forecast.
The UK government has acknowledged it doesn’t beef up a extra vote on independence.
The “emergency” march became as soon as organised within the wake of last month’s total election, which seen the pro-independence SNP clutch 48 of the 59 seats in Scotland whereas the Conservatives won a majority right thru the UK as a entire.
It is the first of eight marches that the grassroots AUOB team plans to lend a hand right thru Scotland over the upcoming one year as activists blueprint to enlarge the stress for independence.
The organisation has staged quite loads of a similar marches and rallies in metropolis and cities right thru Scotland right thru the last five years.
AUOB made up our minds that the march would positively accelerate ahead no matter the cancellation of the rally, with the team tweeting: “If we let some Scottish rain discontinue us marching then we now haven’t any likelihood. The march is on.”
Neil Mackay, one of many match’s organisers, acknowledged: “Organising outdoors occasions in Scotland in iciness is commonly delicate and is commonly enviornment to our climate.
“We had a sequence of tall audio system lined up for the rally, so it is miles a pity this might maybe occasionally presumably maybe not now occur. Now we occupy apologised to the audio system for the cancellation they in most cases occupy got all been very determining and supportive.
Scottish voters backed last within the UK by 55% to 45% in a referendum in 2014 – nonetheless Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader and Scotland’s first minister, says she needs to lend a hand one other vote on independence later this one year.
That for the time being appears not going to occur on account of the UK government has made sure this might maybe occasionally presumably maybe not switch the powers that Ms Sturgeon says might maybe presumably maybe maybe be critical to make obvious any referendum is correct.
The major minister has ruled out keeping an unofficial referendum, a lot just like the disputed one in Catalonia in 2017, as she doesn’t have confidence it would result in independence no matter the final result.
Ms Sturgeon has by no design attended an AUOB march, though she did discuss at a rally organised by the pro-independence National newspaper in Glasgow’s George Sq. in November. It became as soon as the first time she had spoken at a critical independence rally since 2014.
The major minister has written to Top Minister Johnson requesting agreement on a extra referendum.
A UK government spokesperson acknowledged: “We attain not beef up a 2nd referendum on leaving the UK.
“Scots voted decisively to live fraction of the UK in a as soon as in a technology referendum in 2014.
“The Top Minister will answer in chunky to the First Minister’s letter quickly.”
One more AUOB march will likely be held in Glasgow in Could maybe maybe well also, with a similar occasions scheduled for Arbroath, Peebles, Elgin, Kirkcaldy, Stirling and Edinburgh.