Thursday, 27 July, 2017

UK's May Says Now Is "Not The Time" For Scottish Independence Vote

Lord Empey: I welcome minister ruling out referendums UK's May Says Now Is "Not The Time" For Scottish Independence Vote
Saul Franklin | 18 March, 2017, 01:38

Imagine if the European Union had interfered in the UK Government's plans for the UK's EU referendum past year. According to this perspective, the rise of nationalism across Europe is negative, except on this island.

But I'm not surprised; for nationalists, it was never a "once in a generation event" - they'll be referendum-ready forever. But to put it bluntly, two wrongs don't make a right.

Sturgeon said Scotland should have the chance to stay in the EU's lucrative single market and keep an open-door policy to immigrants after voting to remain, and has criticised May for failing to consult the Scottish government on her strategy.

"And that is putting her at odds not just with me or the independence case".

"Because while the road before us may be uncertain at times, I believe - with the British people - that it leads towards a brighter future for our nation's children and grandchildren".

Under the terms of the European Union treaty, Britain will no longer be a member of the bloc two years after May issues the notification. For many of us, our experience was somewhat different.

Scotland rejected independence from the United Kingdom in a referendum in 2014. "Oil prices could also be an important factor in deciding the vote given their sizable effect on Scotland's finances", he wrote.

'So when the terms of Brexit are known - and not before - we will give the people the choice over the direction Scotland should take - before it is too late to change course'.

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With the collapse of Labour, Scotland faces the real prospect of right-wing Tory governments until 2030, and being dragged out of the European Union and single market with all the damage to our economy and society that will cause. Who knows, we might be only a matter of weeks or months apart. And three times she failed to answer.

We must have the option open to the people of Scotland to secure a new vote - that is what the First Minister is calling for. Far from ending austerity, separation would extend and deepen it in Scotland. Virtual certainty over Brexit has been balanced by the renewed uncertainty over Scotland.

And what could that consensus involve?

May says her government is committed to engaging with the whole of the United Kingdom over Brexit to negotiate a good deal for everyone, suggesting there should be no independence referendum until after a final deal is reach with the EU.

Scotland must have a choice over its future.

"I think most people across Scotland, whether they would vote yes or no to independence will be appalled at the idea that a Conservative government with no mandate in Scotland, seeking to stand in the way of a democratically elected government with a clear mandate", Nicola Sturgeon said outside the parliament on Thursday.

I am proud to be Scottish and proud to be British - and to share what we have with our neighbours on these islands. Areas like Paisley have long supported Scottish bids for independence.

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