Newsnight: Angus Robertson discusses IndyRef2
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Speaking to BBC Newsnight last night newly elected MSP and former leader of the SNP in Westminster Angus Robertson furiously outlined why the UK should give Scotland a second vote on independence. He branded any efforts by Westminster to reject a second Scottish independence referendum as “not democratic” and came close to breaking point as he spoke around the issue of independence after this weeks elections.
Mr Robertson said: “A majority is a majority.
“We can dance on the head of a pin about whether there is a requirement, which there isn’t, for the SNP to have an absolute majority and a PR parliament which was designed to thwart a parliamentary majority!”
The newly elected MSP for Edinburgh Central added: “But I am confident that at the end of this Scottish parliament election campaign, not only will the SNP have been re-elected for a fourth historic term on a manifesto commitment to have an independence referendum when we emerge from Covid.
“But there will be a parliamentary majority involving SNP and Scottish Green Party members who will be in favour of an independence referendum.”
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Mr Robertson continued by saying: “Either the UK is a democratic state that recognises the right of people in Scotland, if we vote for a parliament, to be able to give the green light to have a referendum, that that should happen.
“Or by fate, by rule of law, by imposition, democratic, perfectly legitimate wishes, voted for by the public are going to be blocked.”
And in a furious conclusion, Angus Robertson came close to breaking point as he hit home his demands.
He fired off: “That is not, that is not at heart, democratic values!”
Nicola Sturgeon: Winning a majority is a 'long shot'
Scots have been heading to the polls in what is regarded as the country’s most important elections in recent years amid a backdrop of Brexit, handlng of Covid in the devolved nations and growing pressure from Nicola Sturgeon to take Scotland out of the Union.
During her campaign, Ms Sturgeon vowed she will demand the legal powers for a second referendum on Scottish independence be transferred from Westminster by the end of 2023 if the SNP wins a majority.
But Boris Johnson has repeatedly turned down those demands and instead insists that the vote to remain part of the UK during the 2014 referendum must stand and that it was a “once in a generation event” as the SNP billed the referendum at the time.
Counting will resume at 9am on Saturday as the SNP look to win a fourth term in Holyrood.
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But several opinion polls this week have also suggested support for the party has been steadily falling, bringing Ms Sturgeon’s hopes of winning a majority into serious doubt.
Professor of Politics and polling expert from Strathclyde University, Sir John Curtice, said Ms Sturgeon is tipped to get 64 seats which is one short of an outright victory.
Curtice said in a blog post yesterday that the average rating put the SNP on 49 percent in constituencies, the Tories on 22 percent, Labour on 21 percent and the Lib Dems on seven percent. Which in terms of the number of seats puts the SNP on 64 seats, the Tories on 27, Labour on 22, the Greens on 11 and the Lib Dems on 5.
The polling boffin said: “What this really means is that there is apparently a 50/50 chance the SNP will secure an overall majority on their own and repeat the party’s success in 2011, a success that paved the way for the 2014 independence referendum.”
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