Brown set for ‘emer­gency’ indy march

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY KATH­LEEN NUTT

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.

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