Wednesday, 07 August 2019 12:14

LEONARD MUST NOT DENY DEMOCRATIC CHOICE FOR SCOTLAND

TIME FOR SCOTTISH LABOUR TO “GET ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF DEMOCRACY”
 
The SNP has called for Richard Leonard to “get on the right side of democracy”, after Labour’s Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell backed a second independence referendum, saying that "if the Scottish people decide they want a referendum, that's for them."
 

The calls come after Mr McDonnell said that whether there should be a referendum “will be for the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish people to decide” in an interview with journalist Iain Dale at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
 
He added: "We would not block something like that. We would let the Scottish people decide. That's democracy.”
 
Polls show that 4 in 10 Labour voters support independence, proving that Richard Leonard is not only out of touch with Scottish voters – he’s out of touch with his own party members.
 
SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth said:
 
“With a No Deal Brexit approaching, we urgently need clarity from Richard Leonard and Scottish Labour.
 
“It’s a bit embarrassing that Westminster Labour politicians have done more than their Holyrood colleagues to defend the democratic rights of the people of Scotland.
 
“They’re more interested in siding with the Tories and fighting with each other than defending Scotland’s interests.  
 
“That explains why people across Scotland have given up on Richard Leonard’s party, and why they’re polling in single figures. Voters just can’t take them seriously anymore.
 
“As polls show, more and more people are drawn to the opportunities of independence.
 
”Unless Scottish Labour join the SNP in defending Scotland’s right to hold an independence referendum, they’ll be lending their backing to the a jobs-wrecking Tory Brexit and will continue their slide into complete irrelevance.”
 

Notes: https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17788384.four-10-labour-members-back-scottish-independence-poll-finds/?ref=twtrec

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