Yes, the Government is unlikely to block outright an SNP demand for a rematch. But that’s not the only card in her hand.
Posts Tagged: Scottish independence
The First Minister has shifted her ground, and now says that she won’t seek a referendum (for now) if the Government secures a soft Brexit.
Labour have sunk yet further ahead of the local elections, and domestic political challenges are adding to the SNP’s Brexit woes.
Michael Gove: In this coming year, let’s all come together – to campaign for a clean, constructive and complete Brexit.
Change Britain activists who backed both Leave and Remain will be on the streets, maintaining the momentum for reform that this year’s vote has unlocked.
Not to mention a constitutional crisis.
Harnessing anger is easy, but keeping a grip on it is much harder.
Also: NI Conservatives unhappy but Tory-DUP alliance could – possibly – work; former Plaid leader quits party; and Blair accused of appeasing IRA to secure legacy.
The Nationalists can only hold their activists back and coalition together for so long, but with no surge in support a second independence referendum is a serious risk.
If they became independent, it would require drastic action to balance the books.
Also: Tory AM sets out Plaid Cymru vision; Scottish Labour de facto split off; Jones urged to stay on to block Corbynistas from capturing Welsh Labour; and more.
Brexit-induced outrage hasn’t boosted separatism, and the economic case keeps getting worse. But the SNP’s troops are itching to go, and this might be their last best shot.
Ruth Davidson: Sturgeon has broken her promise that Scotland’s referendum was “once in a generation”. What a shock.
The news shows how foolish Labour and the Lib Dems were to take the First Minister at her word.
Christopher Howarth: Why it’s wrong to claim that Britain leaving the EU risks Scotland leaving Britain
For Scotland as much as for England, the UK is the Single Market that matters most.
It seems widely assumed that Scotland will secede if the UK leaves the EU, but it’s hard to see how that actually happens.
Ruth Davidson: No to separation, yes to a united future – this is what the Scottish Conservatives stand for
People are looking for a Scottish alternative – a Holyrood parliament with real powers, but one that is rooted within the United Kingdom.