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Scots march for independence


Scots, He had to meet on Dalkeith Street outside the center because the police wouldn’t let anyone walk from the city centre. The demonstrators, who took action at about 13.00 local time, marched to the Scottish Parliament.

The demonstrators, who chanted slogans such as “Independent Scotland” and “Independence now”, carried banners that read “Let the British state dissolve”.

Some Catalans and Irish also supported the Scots, who wanted a referendum to leave England as soon as possible.

During the march, it was seen that Catalan flags were carried as well as Scottish flags.

Keir McKechnie of All Under One Banner, who organized the event, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the purpose of organizing the event was to send the message to Prime Minister Boris Johnson that they “want an independent Scotland”.

McKechnie said the Union was “racist and divisive”, adding: “We want to leave this horrible marriage and get divorced from the UK.” said.

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Pointing out that the Scottish people have voted for pro-independence parties in the last 6 elections, McKechnie said, “We want the Scottish government to set a referendum date. This should be done now, not later. Because as long as we stay in Great Britain, there will be more unemployment, more poverty, and the likes of the Covid-19 pandemic. There will be more disasters.” he said.

Another demonstrator stated that they had to leave the European Union (EU) with Brexit, “We want to be a part of Europe. We are very angry with the central government because of Brexit and we want independence wholeheartedly.” he said.

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Expectation of independence referendum at the end of 2023

The Scottish National Party argues that although the Scots rejected independence with 55 percent in the 2014 referendum, Brexit changed the situation and a new referendum is needed.

Scots, who voted 62 percent against the British in the Brexit referendum, state that they were unwillingly expelled from the EU.

Nicola Sturgeon, Prime Minister of the Scottish Regional Government, plans to hold a referendum on independence by the end of 2023.

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However, permission from the British Parliament is required to hold a new independence referendum. It seems impossible to get such permission from the 650-member parliament, where the Conservative Party, led by Johnson, holds the majority with 365 seats.

For this reason, it is considered that pro-independence proponents can try alternative ways. One of these options is to go to court against the law that requires permission from the British Parliament.

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Another way is to go to a referendum despite the central government and declare independence unilaterally in case of positive results.

However, it is stated that this may lead to tension and a harsh reaction from the central government, as in Catalonia. At the same time, it is stated that this situation may cause the Scots, like the Catalans, to lose the support of the EU.

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