Brown set for ‘emergency’ indy march
KEITH Brown has been confirmed to speak at an “emergency” independence march and rally next month, its organiser has said.
The SNP’s depute leader will take part in the event on January 11 in Glasgow which has been swiftly arranged following the General Election result which saw Boris Johnson’s Tories win a majority of seats across the UK and Nicola Sturgeon’s party triumph in Scotland.
An open invitation has also been extended to the First Minister by the organisers All Under One Banner (AUOB) who have said they expect up to 100,000 people to participate.
The march and rally will take place just over two and a half weeks ahead of Scotland leaving the European Union – along with the rest of the UK – on January 31, despite 62% of Scots voters backing remaining in the EU.
Gary Kelly, of AUOB, told The National: “Keith Brown has confirmed he is speaking. We always have an open invitation to Nicola Sturgeon. She would be welcome with open arms. We would love to tell people that she is coming.
“There is a passion and desire for the march and there are exceptional political circumstances following Boris Johnson getting a Tory majority at the General Election and the SNP win in Scotland.”
AUOB do not normally hold marches and rallies in winter but believe Scotland is currently gripped by exceptional political circumstances.
People are invited to assemble from 10.30am in Kelvingrove Park, leaving there at 11.30am. The march will then proceed via Kelvin Way, Gibson Street, Woodlands Road, Sauchiehall Street, Pitt Street, West George Street, Renfield Street, Union Street, Jamaica Street, Clyde Street, Bridgegate and the Saltmarket to Glasgow Green.
The hour-long rally is due to begin in Glasgow Green around 1pm.