Monday, 13 January 2020 07:07

“TORIES HAVE NO MANDATE WHATSOEVER TO BLOCK SCOTTISH DEMOCRACY”

TORIES BACKTRACK ON CAMPAIGN MESSAGE AFTER SNP LANDSLIDE VICTORY
 
SNP MP Mhairi Black has said the “Tories have no mandate to block Scottish democracy” after Alister Jack, Boris Johnson’s Scottish Secretary, claimed the SNP has no mandate for a referendum on Scotland’s future – despite winning 80% of the seats at the general election.
 

In an embarrassing U-turn on BBC’s Sunday Politics Programme, Tory MP Alister Jack back tracked on his party’s clear and unambiguous statement that the ‘union was on the ballot’ in last month’s general election they lost more than half of their seats in Scotland.
  
Previously a BMG poll, commissioned by The Independent, found that 60% of voters UK wide think the Tory government should allow Scotland a referendum on independence.
 
Commenting, newly appointed Shadow Scottish Secretary Mhairi Black MP said:
 
“The SNP won a landslide victory in last month’s general election – winning 80% on a mandate for an independence referendum, while the Tories lost more than half their MPs.
 
“They stood on a platform of stopping Scotland’s right to choose and were humiliated at the polls – the Tories have no mandate whatsoever to block Scottish democracy.
 
“Whatever your views on independence, we can all agree that Scotland’s future must be Scotland’s choice – not Boris Johnson’s or his cronies.”
 
“Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU and has rejected Brexit at every opportunity. And despite all the bluster from Westminster politicians like Alister Jack, we all know that a fresh referendum on Scotland’s future is in demand.
 
“I am confident that when the people of Scotland are given a choice on their future, they will choose to escape the mess of Brexit and the broken Westminster system to build a fairer Scotland.”


 
Notes: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/scottish-secretary-alister-jack-backs-indyref2-mandate-if-snp-wins-2021-holyrood-majority-1-5048601

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