Chickens coming home to roost

Pro-Europe campaigners Glasgow Loves EU were back at their regular spot by Donald Dewar in Buchanan Street, Glasgow last weekend as the UK Government’s plans for breaking the law via Brexit develop….

In a socially-distanced protest, the group highlighted Boris Johnson’s promise of an “oven ready” deal, as the likelihood of ‘no deal’ at the end of the transition period looms.

Saturday’s pop-up protest reflects growing concerns at the games and brinkmanship that the UK government is playing in the negotiations with the EU, and the very limited amount of time left.

One of the group commented:

“I don’t think people realise how serious this is – the government promised a deal, but this is looking less and less likely and they just seem to be focused on blaming the EU if negotiations break down. If we don’t have a deal there are really serious issues for medical supplies and food – especially in January when Britain can’t grow enough fresh food to feed itself”. 

Another veteran campaigner said:

“What the government wants is for people like us to go away and shut up. We won’t do that – the government has made promises and we must hold their feet to the fire. With threats to supplies of medicines and food, and even clean water, they are playing with people’s lives – we have to make sure people know what’s going on and what the risks of no deal really are.”

Today was Glasgow loves EU’s first public outing since their ‘Leave a light on’ spectacular on the eve of Brexit, which attracted over 1000 supporters, in spite of the bleak January weather. Since then, the group has been far from idle in the last few months. After the onset of Coronavirus, Glasgow loves EU launched ‘lockdown livestreams’ – conversations with politicians and high-profile figures like Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai and specialists in the impact of Brexit and related issues. These go out live on Facebook and Twitter every Monday and are also on their YouTube channel. Lockdown livestreams are achieving quite a cult following – some episodes are getting many thousands of views, and the group is even being approached by prospective interviewees.