Nicola Sturgeon sets out ‘democratic case’ for Indyref2

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Nicola Sturgeon has published a “democratic case” for a second Scottish independence referendum, calling on Westminster to engage with her government over the proposals.

The document, entitled Scotland’s Right to Choose, lays out the “clear democratic mandate” for a new poll, citing last week’s general election result as another indication of support.

The SNP won 48 of Scotland’s 59 seats, a gain of 13, and took 45 per cent of the vote share.

Boris Johnson has repeatedly rejected the idea of another referendum but Ms Sturgeon said he promised to engage seriously with the Scottish government's proposals in a phone call on Friday night.

The First Minister said: “It is a fundamental democratic principle that decisions on Scotland's constitutional future should rest with the people who live here.

“As this document lays out, the Scottish government has a clear democratic mandate to offer people a choice on that future in an independence referendum, and the UK government has a democratic duty to recognise that.

“Last week’s general election has only strengthened that mandate.”

SNP MP John Nicolson agreed, telling talkRADIO that the election results sent a “clear message” to the Prime Minister.

“This election clearly shows for the third time that Scots want to have a choice over their future and what, I think, would be objectionable is that Boris Johnson says ‘I will not allow you to have that choice’,” he told Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Ms Sturgeon also said she was in the process of sending a Section 30 order - which will devolve powers to Scotland to allow another vote to be held.

But she said she expects a “flat no” from the UK government on the issue.

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