Tory’s Hadrian’s Wall pro-Union torch protest plan

A Tory MP has revealed plans to recruit 100,000 people to form a human chain along Hadrian's Wall to convince Scots to vote to stay within the UK. Picture: PA

A Tory MP has revealed plans to recruit 100,000 people to form a human chain along Hadrian's Wall to convince Scots to vote to stay within the UK. Picture: PA

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SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: A Tory MP is planning to recruit 100,000 English activists to make a human chain along Hadrian’s Wall bearing torches in a bid to convince Scots to vote No in September.

Rory Stewart said the initiative, called Hands Across the Border, is an emotional appeal to Scots to remain within the Union.

The Penrith and Border MP, who is half-Scottish, said the campaign would “symbolise holding the Union together.”

He said: “It is a chance for people outside Scotland to show they value its contribution. Millions of people in Britain would like an opportunity to express their love of the UK and show they would miss Scotland terribly.”

He added: “This is not an opportunity about economics. It’s about emotional links and solidarity. I believe we can find well over a hundred thousand champions of our future together.”

The author and academic hopes to hold the event on July 19 ahead of the independence referendum, which takes place on September 18.

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