Pro-independence leader urges Scots to take to streets for IndyRef2

IndyRef2: Scottish MP on the need for independence

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Alba Deputy Leader Kenny MacAskill has called on Scots to rally against Westminster and force through a second vote on independence in Scotland after years of opposition from successive Conservative prime ministers. With the Supreme Court set to deliver its verdict on Wednesday, Mr MacAskill said Scots cannot let Westminster dictate their governance and brush aside the issue again. In a cry for independence, he urged his fellow Scots to take to the streets and demand a second independence referendum.

Alba’s deputy leader said: “So what do we do? 

“Well, it’s not a stamp our feet or say: ‘One more mandate’. 

“There’s no time for that. The need is now. The time is now. 

“It’s about parliamentary action, not supine acceptance of Westminster will. It’s about popular action: marches, demonstrations, encouraging our people and making sure that we reject the imposition of a government that we didn’t elect. 

Mr MacAskill added: “It’s about diplomatic action and international courts and making international friends and allies.

“It’s about calling a Convention of Scotland’s elected representatives that can show our people and the world that it’s not Westminster but a Scottish democracy that speaks for the people of Scotland and that will be leading the debate.”

The Supreme Court will hand down a decision which will lay the path of Scotland’s future on Wednesday in a long-awaited verdict for Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP. 

Scotland’s First Minister has taken the battle for Scottish independence to the Supreme Court in the hopes she can override the section 30 order, which has been refused by successive Conservative prime ministers.

If the judges in the UK’s highest court rule that Holyrood has the power to hold a second vote on independence without Westminster’s consent, Ms Sturgeon will hold IndyRef2 on October 19, 2023. 

However, constitutional experts have argued judges are more likely to strike down Nicola Sturgeon’s attempt. In that case, the SNP leader has promised to use the next General Election as a “de facto” vote on independence.

Whatever the outcome, as many as 16 rallies are reportedly scheduled to be held following the Supreme Court’s decision, either to kick off the IndyRef2 campaign or to protest Westminster’s refusal to grant Holyrood a section 30 order. 

Besides London, other demonstrations will be held in Glasgow, Perth, Dundee, Selkirk, Inverness, Skye, Greenock, Orkney, Lochgilphead, Inverurie, Fort William, Stirling, Aberdeen, and Dumfries.

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Judges have weighed the arguments delivered by the UK and the Scottish Governments in a two-day hearing in the court in early October.

The Scottish Government has argued that a referendum would be “advisory” and the results would have “no legal consequences” on the union. However, the UK Government has countered that argument, saying it is “perfectly obvious” Holyrood would seek to enact the result of a yes vote.

Their lawyer said a referendum bill would be “self-evidently, squarely and directly about the Union”, and that it was clear the Scottish government’s intention was “not just to have an opinion poll”.

The verdict will be given on Wednesday at 9:45am.

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