Historic Environment Scotland anger after Edinburgh Castle ‘Remain’ stunt

The projection is aimed at increasing support for a Remain vote. Picture: Greg Macvean

The projection is aimed at increasing support for a Remain vote. Picture: Greg Macvean

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HISTORIC Environment Scotland has hit out at campaigners who used Edinburgh Castle rock to project a “Vote Remain” message ahead of the EU referendum on Thursday.

The projection reading which was first shown last night from 9.30pm, is one of a number of pro-EU messages that will be displayed on iconic UK landmarks ahead of the vote.

The Eiffel Tower, Warsaw’s Cultural Palace and Tate Modern in London are among the other landmarks displaying messages backing EU membership.

However, a spokesman for Historic Environment Scotland, which manages the castle, said: “We do not permit party political activity to take place at any of our sites.

“Whilst Edinburgh Castle is often floodlit in a show of support for charitable causes and other such occasions, the projection onto Castle Rock yesterday evening with EU Referendum and associated political messages was carried out without the consent or support of Historic Environment Scotland.

“We were not directly approached by the organisers behind this political stunt, however, we are now taking steps to contact the relevant parties involved.”

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John Edward, senior campaign spokesperson for Scotland Stronger In Europe, said in a press release advertising the stunt: “Scotland is stronger, safer and better off in Europe.

“A vote to remain is a vote for more jobs, lower prices, workers’ rights, stronger public services and a decent, tolerant country.

“Remain is the positive choice for Scotland and the UK as a whole.”

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