/Just 100 attend Brexit Day party in Glasgow as Scotland leaves European Union

Just 100 attend Brexit Day party in Glasgow as Scotland leaves European Union

Around 100 Brexit supporters have gathered to celebrate Britain leaving the European Union at an event in Glasgow on Friday night.

The rally, organised by A Force For Good, saw the group wave Union flags, sing Rule Britannia and cheer as Scotland and the United Kingdom officially left the EU at 11pm.

It came as people across the country took to the streets to mark the moment Britain ended its 47-year association with the European bloc.

Brexiteers party in George Square in Glasgow as they mark the UK’s departure from the EU
(Image: Wattie Cheung)

In attendance at the rain-lashed George Square event was chief organiser Alistair McConnachie, a former UKIP member and Holocaust denier, who has been a vocal supporter of the anti-EU argument in Scotland. McConnachie gave a speech top the crowd ahead of the 11pm departure.

Pro-Brexit supporters party in the rain at the event in George Square
(Image: Wattie Cheung)

McConnachie, who was barred from Nigel Farage’s former party in  2001 after making comments about the Holocaust in an email to members of  UKIP, had encouraged “like minded” people to take to the streets of Glasgow for the party.

The ‘Great British Brexit Celebration Meet-up’ came as hundreds attended a pro-EU rally at the top of Buchanan Street close to the Donald Dewar statue.

The Leave the light on for Scotland Event hosted by the Glasgow Loves EU group saw people raise torches and mobile phone flash lights while singing Auld Lang Syne.

Pro Brexit supporters gather in George Square in Glasgow to celebrate the UK’s departure from the EU
(Image: Wattie Cheung)

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Before the clock hit 11pm those in attendance heard from prominent figures in the Remain argument, including Green MSP Patrick Harvie and SNP MP Alyn Smith.

The events came as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Brexit would lead Scotland to being an independent Scotland.

Holocaust denier Alistair McConnachie gives a speech to the crowd
(Image: Wattie Cheung)

She said: “I believe Brexit will lead to Scotland being independent. In that sense the UK in its current form will not exist.

“That’s a thoroughly positive thing for Scotland.”

The pro-Brexit party goers begin to gather in George Square ahead of the UK’s 11pm departure
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“Boris Johnson’s path lies one way, the opportunity to be a modern, progressive, open, tolerant country at the heart of Europe lies the other. That other way can only come with independence.”

While, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “For many people this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come.

“And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss.”

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