ACTOR Brian Cox has called on Scots to speed up the push for independence at a major rally in Edinburgh this weekend.

The March and Rally for an Independent Scotland in the EU – hosted by Believe in Scotland and Yes for EU – will take place on Saturday where Cox will feature as one of the main speakers.

First Minister Humza Yousaf and Scottish Greens co-leader Lorna Slater are among the other speakers, while the rally will be hosted by Alistair Heather and Kelly Given.

Cox said: “This is shaping up to be a great event and I am delighted to be asked to speak.

“Let’s speed up our push for independence on Saturday.”

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The Yes movement is being called upon to come together at the event, step up the campaign for Scotland’s self-determination and undo the damage of Brexit by rejoining Europe’s family of nations.

The march will take place at 1.30pm, beginning at Johnston Terrace by Edinburgh Castle, proceeding down the Royal Mile and ending with the rally at the Scottish Parliament. 

It is expected around 15,000 independence supporters will turn out for the event.

Gordon Macintyre-Kemp, founder of Believe in Scotland, said: “Believe in Scotland is a campaign consisting of 141 affiliated Yes groups working together to promote the benefits of Scottish independence.

“We want to create a really ­positive buzz and reignite that sense of ­community and Yes family that we had in 2014.

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“It was the grassroots Yes movement that moved the polls in 2014. Independence support rises when people talk to their friends, their neighbours, their colleagues, deliver leaflets and run street stalls. The grassroots are ready to go again.

“We are upping the ante on ­independence and running a professional non-party and all-party Yes campaign – that is what will move the polls and help deliver Scotland's independence.”

Slater added: "I am proud to be speaking at this weekend's rally.

“From free movement to the single market, it is only with the powers of a normal independent country that Scotland can regain all of the rights and benefits we have lost with Brexit and choose our own positive and progressive future as part of the European Union."