Yet more evidence of growing concerns about Nicola Sturgeon’s approach to the constitutional issue. George Kay’s words will resonate with a very significant proportion of SNP members and with a great many people in the wider independence movement.
Unfortunately, the conclusion reached in the debate facilitated by Inchkeith branch of the SNP doesn’t go far enough. Why are we talking about a “Consultative Referendum”? Why would we seek to confirm a mandate which we know already exists? And if the British government can deny the mandates already afforded Nicola Sturgeon’s administration why would anybody imaging they’d accept the outcome of this referendum?
George Kay of the branch told The National: “The following is the conclusion agreed at the debate – it was felt that the present position by the SNP leadership in the drive to securing a second independence referendum needs to be bolder and have a strategy which is clear both to the UK Government and to all supporters of independence.
Everybody needs to get it through their heads that no British Prime Minister will EVER permit anything which puts the Union in jeopardy. The Union is just too essential to the British state’s conceit of itself – never mind its bankrupt economy.
They got a fright in 2014. No British Prime Minister will ever be allowed to take that risk again. They will NEVER undertake to recognise a vote to restore Scotland’s independence. They will NEVER cooperate with any process which could lead to the dissolution of the Union. Which matters because the Section 30 process committed to by Nicola Sturgeon is entirely and absolutely dependent on that cooperation.
Worse! it is dependent on willing and honest cooperation. Even if there was some way that Boris Johnson could be forced to grant a Section 30 order (THERE ISN’T!) he would only do so knowing that the process could very easily be sabotaged.
Have that “Consultative Referendum”! But don’t act all shocked and outraged when the British establishment simply disregards it in the same way that they contemptuously ignored Scotland’s Remain vote in 2016.
Get this through your heads before it’s too late! If Scotland’s independence is to be restored then it will ONLY by a process entirely made and managed in Scotland by Scotland’s elected representatives. It will ONLY happen by a process which excludes Westminster. It will ONLY happen DESPITE the fervent opposition of the British state and DESPITE them deploying their entire arsenal of dirty tricks.
There is no route to independence within the legal and constitutional framework formulated – purposefully or incidentally – for the preservation of the Union.
There is no route to independence that does not involve direct and acrimonious confrontation with the British political elite.
Any plan or strategy which fails to take account of these fundamental facts is doomed to fail. WAKE UP!
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