Brexit Day: Vigils to be held in Scotland

Friday, January 31, 2020

As the countdown to Brexit ticks into just hours, Leavers and Remainers alike are preparing to mark the moment Britain leaves the European Union.

But while some will be celebrating at events such as Nigel Farage’s Parliamant Square party, others plan to witness the UK’s departure with a more sombre tone.

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine, who said she was “heartbroken” to be leaving the EU, told talkRADIO that she will tonight attend a vigil taking place in Edinburgh.

She told Julia Hartley-Brewer: “For me it’s a sad day because we’ve turned our back on a marvellous opportunity, we’ve turned our back on a vision of European unity and togetherness and I think we will lose at the end of the day.”

Asked whether she accepts the result of the referendum, the Edinburgh West MP said: “I accept that it’s raining outside, that doesn’t make me happy about it.”

Brussels was lit in the colours of the British flag to mark the European Parliament signing of the Brexit deal

But Ms Jardine added that going forward her job was to “work to make the best of it”.

A host of events have been organised across Scotland today, which voted to remain in the trading bloc by 62 per cent back in 2016.

Pro-EU campaigners have organised a “Missing EU Already” rally outside Scottish Parliament in the capital, promising speeches, a “time for reflection” and anthem singing.

Meanwhile the city of Stirling will host a similar “Keep a Light on for the EU” event where those attending will “say farewell to the EU for now” and “make a clear signal that we are keeping our light on for our EU future”.

Last night buildings on the Grand Place in Brussels were lit up in red, white and blue to mark the European Parliament ratifying the Brexit agreement.

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