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Meet The Londoners Asking Scotland To Reject Independence

BuzzFeed News asked these anti-independence demonstrators in Trafalgar Square why they are saying "naw" to this week's Scottish independence referendum.

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Anti-Scottish-independence campaigners held a rally on Monday evening in London's Trafalgar Square, with thousands of people gathering to express their hope that the United Kingdom would remain United.

Many Scottish residents of London who took part in the rally thought it was not fair that they were not able to vote in the referendum.

"I'm very pissed off about not being allowed to vote," said one young Scottish woman, who works in PR and, in the spirit of PR, did not want to give her name. "And that's me being polite about it."

Another anonymous Scot agreed, saying the referendum was "the first bit of democracy I've heard of where I don't get to vote".


Tom Gillingham, 25, is Scottish but works in London. He told BuzzFeed News: "I shouldn't have to 'suffer' being a Scotland fan in sport and not get to vote."

He then added the quotation marks around "suffer" in my notes, because he also works in PR.


Caroline Booth is Scottish but is living "temporarily" with her family in London.

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Her baby, seen here dressed as the most Scottish baby of all time, was born in Hong Kong and has a British passport and two Scottish parents. "So what nationality is she?" Booth wondered.

This Canadian man remarked at the civility of the crowd. "In Canada we would be much more rowdy," he said, surprisingly. "In Canada, they'd say 'fuck off'. And they'd probably punch you in the States."

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He said the mood of the rally was all very "keep calm and carry on".

This Belgian couple came to the rally because they're worried about separatist movements in their own country.

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They waved their Scottish flags very enthusiastically for this reason.


Comedian Eddie Izzard addressed the crowd, referring to the United Kingdom as a "family". (Click the icon in the bottom-right corner to hear the sound.)

Izzard said "the brilliant thing about the United Kingdom" is that "we took down the borders that existed. We had killed each other for so many thousands of years. That was in the past, we've moved beyond that."

As the rally came to a close, things got a bit weird, and a bit musical. Don't forget to turn up the sound. Really, don't.

This woman says she will be performing from her apparently enormous repertoire of songs about Scottish independence over the next three days in Glasgow.

Hannah Jewell is a senior staff writer for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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