Sunday, 15 December 2019 14:59



The SNP has welcomed comments by a series of senior Labour figures that the party should recognise the SNP’s mandate and support an independence referendum. 

Neil Findlay MSP said: “We cannot deny the people of Scotland a second referendum where the majority is calling for it.”

Monica Lennon MSP said: “If Boris Johnson isn’t prepared to grant this request” for a section 30 order “he should allow the Scottish Parliament to decide.”

Alison Evison, President of COSLA and Leader of the Labour group on Aberdeenshire Council, said “it’s straight-forward to me: democracy must be at the core of all we do ... that must mean a referendum on independence."

Former Labour minister Malcolm Chisholm said: “Hope many of those against or undecided (me included) about independence will get behind incontrovertible democratic demand for IndyRef2.”

Former MP Ged Killen said: “Agreed. I campaigned on a promise to vote against indyref2, but I lost. The SNP made massive gains on a promise to hold another referendum and, as democrats, we must accept it even if we don't like it.”

Former MP Paul Sweeney said that unless the UK government “recognise the body politic at large in Scotland is not willing to accept the current status quo… the United Kingdom is unsustainable.”

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“The SNP have a cast iron mandate to hold an independence referendum and the UK government must respect that. 

“It is welcome that senior figures within Labour are recognising that mandate.

“While we will not all agree on independence, we can surely find common ground that this decision must be in Scotland’s hands - not Boris Johnson's.”

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