Scottish independence: referendum 'inevitable' - says MP Angus MacNeil

Scottish independence: referendum 'inevitable' - says MP Angus MacNeil

Angus MacNeil (second left) is in step with colleagues from the Scottish National Party

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A second Scottish referendum on independence is "inevitable" following the UK's vote to leave the European Union, says MP Angus MacNeil. 

In June's EU referendum, 62% of Scotland voted to Remain in Europe, with all 32 council areas electing to stay part of the Union.

But as part of the United Kingdom, Scotland's immediate future was decided by the Leave voters.

Despite the national result, Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has repeatedly said she will do everything in her power to ensure the country retains its membership of the EU.

MacNeil, the MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar – formerly the Western Isles – told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Scotland's options are clear.

"It does inevitably include a second independence referendum," he said.

"We were told countless times [in 2014] that we were a family of nations of equal voice.

"This time we're calling their bluff and taking them back to square one. 

"The [Scottish independence] vote in 2014 was based on the UK being in the EU, and we know the UK has changed its position on that.

"Therefore Scotland has its right to determine what it wants to do."