Edinburgh march for Europe: Worrying news about EU negotiations and Alex Cole-Hamilton speaks

People took to Edinburgh’s streets today to protest about Brexit and climate change. The European Movement in Scotland organised the event which was very vibrant and well attended.

Our Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton gave one of the keynote speeches. As he finished, someone behind me (name redacted to protect the guilty) muttered “Understated as ever.”

Alex condemned the shutting down of Parliament and said that we would continue to fight Brexit on the streets, in the tv studios and at the ballot box.

Also speaking at the rally was the author of Article 50, Lord Kerr.

He was intensely critical of the Prime Minister, saying that Johnson and the truth were strangers and that even if shutting down Parliament wasn’t found to be technically illegal, it was definitely improper.

He also revealed that Boris Johnson’s negotiators had asked for everything relating to workers’ rights, environmental standards and social policy to be removed from Theresa May’s deal. This should not be surprising given that the agenda of the right wing Brexiteers is to turn this country into a Singapore style deregulated  economy where hard won  safety standards, workers’ rights and human rights are minimised.

If a rebadged version of this deal does come back to Parliament, that should make it more difficult for Labour MPs to vote for it, but you never know these days.

 

 

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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3 Comments

  • nigel hunter 22nd Sep '19 - 11:56am

    Camerons starts this mess off. Right wing monetarist Tories (and others) stage a coup helped by the right wing press. Corbyn ,in his own way joins in. The country and its people suffer. The fight to revoke article 50 goes on!

  • It seems ridiculous to have to say it, but after various bits of nonsense in the weekend media people need reminding that Article 50 only gets revoked if they vote for it. A supporter in Bradford assured me that there is misleading notion around that wicked Lib Dems are set to mount a coup with thousands of sandal-wearing retainers marching on the capital.
    Meanwhile, in the midst of their weekend trauma, may Labour activists are almost saying “We honour the 2016 vote not by foolishly trying to implement it by taking utterly seriously the burning injustices that caused it. I’d buy that – and hopefully the Lib Dems have.

  • Bloody predictive text: ….a misleading notion …remainers….but by!

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