Saturday, 05. October 2019
Thousands of people took to the streets on the "March for Independence" in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
(Photo: picture alliance / dpa)
In a referendum five years ago, just over half of the Scots have voted to remain in the UK. At that time, a possible Brexit was still a long way off. That has changed. Thousands of Scottish independence go to the streets in Edinburgh.
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Edinburgh for the independence of Scotland from Britain. The participants waved blue and white Scottish flags, some demonstrators wearing tartan skirts or playing on the bagpipe. According to the organizers, around 200,000 people participated in the demonstration in the Scottish capital, far more than expected. The Scottish Prime Minister and President of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon, is aiming for a new referendum on independence in 2021. In a referendum in 2014, 55 percent of the participants had decided to stay in the United Kingdom. However, the proponents of independence point out that the referendum on Britain's exit from the EU had not yet taken place. In the Brexit referendum, 62 percent of the participants in Scotland had opposed leaving the EU. On the whole, however, the United Kingdom was just in favor of Brexit. EU calls for breakthrough by Friday In Brussels, talks between representatives of the EU Commission and the British government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Brexit are to resume on Monday. The EU is demanding a breakthrough from London by next Friday. Johnson had presented new proposals to the EU on Wednesday to reach an agreement before the planned withdrawal from the EU on 31 October. According to the British province of Northern Ireland after the Brexit in a customs union with Britain remain. A European Commission spokeswoman said Friday that Johnson's proposals did not provide a basis for agreement.