PROTESTORS gathered in Glasgow to stand against Boris Johnson’s first Scotland visit since becoming Prime Minister.

The newly-elected PM travelled throughout the country to announce hundreds of millions of pounds of funding for parts of the UK – and also quashed the prospect of a second independence referendum.

Dozens of campaigners took to the steps of the Royal Concert Hall on Buchanan Street at 9am on Monday ahead of his visit.

They carried placards bearing the Prime Minister’s face, and chanted the message: “Boris, Boris, Boris; out, out, out.”

Organisers the Radical Independence Campaign say today marks the beginning of a ‘rolling plan of action’ against the Prime Minister.


Protesters gather in Glasgow against Boris Johnson's first visit to Scotland as PM

“We’re here to make our opposition known to Boris Johnson,” explained Jonathon Shafi, co-organiser of Monday’s protest.

“His brand of politics has no place anywhere in the United Kingdom, and anywhere here in Scotland.

“What we’ve done here is show that Boris Johnson will not be able to come to Scotland without there being protests.”

The group plan to hold a series of protests, demonstrations, and events to make clear they will ‘not accept being ruled over’.

It was thought that Mr Johnson would first make an appearance in Glasgow, however he took to naval base Faslane before visiting First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson in Edinburgh.

The visit marks the first time Johnson has stopped off in Scotland since being elected UK Prime Minister.

He used his visit to call for a renewal of “the ties that bind our United Kingdom” and also announced £300m for projects to boost the economy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

“Our union is the most successful political and economic union in history,” Mr Johnson said. “We are a global brand and together we are safer, stronger and more prosperous.

“So as we prepare for our bright future after Brexit, it’s vital we renew the ties that bind our United Kingdom.”


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When asked about the question of Scottish independence, Johnson insisted there is ‘no reason’ for Scots to have another referendum.

He declared the vote in 2014 had been a “once in a generation event” and public faith in politics would be further damaged if a second such ballot was to take place.

Asked whether he would rule out an independence referendum in his premiership, Mr Johnson said: “In 2014 there was a historic vote. I think it was the only one there’s been in my lifetime that I can remember? Yes, it was.

“The only vote on Scottish independence that I can remember in my lifetime, and I’m 55, is the only time it’s happened. It was decisive. There was, I think, at least a 10-point margin.

“Everybody made clear at the time, in 2014, even the Scottish Nationalist party I seem to recollect, said that this was a once in a generation vote, and I think that the confidence of the public in politicians would be undermined yet further if we were to go back on that and hold another referendum.

“It was clear, it was decisive. The Union is the most successful political partnership anywhere in the world, let’s keep it going.”

Upon visiting the Scottish Parliament, Johnson met with Davidson to heal the rift caused by the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.


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The Scottish Conservative leader had made it clear she would not support the UK leaving the EU without a deal. But the two look set to mend their disagreement, with the PM promising to do everything he can to assist Ms Davidson to become Scotland’s next first minister in the 2021 Holyrood election.

He hailed her as a “fantastic leader of Scottish Conservatives”, adding: “I am lost in admiration at what she has achieved, I am a massive fan of the way she has taken the argument to those who would destroy our union.”

He then travelled on to Bute House, where he spoke with the First Minister.

Ahead of the meeting Ms Sturgeon said: “The people of Scotland did not vote for this Tory Government, they didn’t vote for this new Prime Minister, they didn’t vote for Brexit and they certainly didn’t vote for a catastrophic no-deal Brexit which Boris Johnson is now planning for.

“Boris Johnson has formed a hard-line Tory government with one aim – to take Scotland and the UK out of the EU without a deal.

“Scotland has been ignored throughout the Brexit process and it is now time for everyone who cares about the future of Scotland to come together to chart our own course and say to the Tories – stop driving our country towards disaster.”