Scotland POLL: Should Sturgeon and the SNP be given another independence referendum? VOTE

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The SNP, led by Nicola Sturgeon, has previously said it could achieve independence via a completely different route after the party agreed the wording of a motion which could see the next Holyrood elections turn into a de facto independence referendum. The Plan B motion put forward by Inverclyde councillor Chris McEleny and Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil was agreed by SNP National Secretary Angus MacLeod.

The motion outlines that if a majority of pro-independence candidates are elected in next year’s Holyrood elections then it will be regarded as a mandate to begin independence negotiations in Westminster.

The motion will now be debated at the party’s conference, which understands is due to take place next month.

It adds: “Conference calls on the Scottish Government to establish the legal competence of the Scottish Parliament holding a referendum on Scottish independence without the approval of the UK Parliament.

“Conference instructs that if a referendum on Scotland’s future is denied by the UK Government and the competence to hold a consultative referendum is not established, then the manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections shall state that the election of a pro-independence majority of seats, in the absence of a referendum, shall be a mandate from the people of Scotland to commence independence negotiations with the UK Government.”

If approved, the motion could form part of party policy and could be an alternative to a Section 30 order which is required by Holyrood to hold a referendum.

Only Westminster has the power to grant such powers and Boris Johnson has made clear that there will be no second independence vote after the 2014 vote revealed the majority of people wished to remain in the UK.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out her legislative plan earlier this month revealing proposals for a draft Bill on a separation vote.

She was widely criticised over the move which comes amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

But Ms Sturgeon said next year’s Holyrood election will “make the case for Scotland to become an independent country and seek a clear endorsement of Scotland’s right to choose our own future”.

Keith Brown MSP, SNP Depute Leader, also said: “The SNP’s ambitious plans to rebuild a fairer Scotland, announced yesterday by the First Minister, are in stark contrast to the bleak Brexit Britain that’s on offer from Westminster.

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“Coronavirus has been the greatest public health crisis of our lifetime and the SNP Government will continue to work hard for the people of Scotland.

“But the pressure on Boris Johnson to respect the democratic rights of voters in Scotland is now immense. Make no mistake, a referendum on Scotland’s future is coming – and we will win.”

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