Indyref2: Ireland and Wales 'will follow' claims Councillor
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SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has already told the Prime Minister that the Holyrood election – in which a majority of independence-supporting MSPs were returned – means it is now a case of “when not if” there is another vote on the issue. The party was elected for a record fourth term in power, on the basis of a manifesto that promised another vote on independence before the end of 2023. SNP councillor Donald Moffat believes Scottish independence will spark a domino effect resulting in Northern Ireland also wanting independence from the UK.
Speaking to journalist Annette Dittert, Mr Moffat said: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I think Scotland is not stronger within the UK.
“I think we’re going to be one of the last colonies left.
“Once Scotland goes, Ireland will follow and Wales won’t be far behind.”
He added: “I think if we had a referendum anytime in this next six months, there is a good chance we’ll win it with a good percentage of the vote and we’ll back in Europe fairly soon afterwards.”
However, a former Tory Scottish secretary has argued that Ms Sturgeon does not want an independence referendum but wants to talk about one to distract from her “abysmal” record.
The First Minister and SNP leader would only want a vote when she was sure she could win it, and support was on the decline, said Lord Forsyth of Drumlean.
The Conservative grandee was also critical of Boris Johnson and his Cabinet for failing to travel north of the border and make the case for the Union at the recent election to the Scottish Parliament.
He made his comments as peers continued to debate the Queen’s Speech, which set out the Government’s legislative programme.
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While Ms Sturgeon’s party narrowly failed to get a majority, falling one short with a tally of 64 MSPs, the record eight Scottish Green MSPs that were voted in means there is a majority for independence in the new parliament.
Speaking at Westminster, Lord Forsyth said: “I’d like to share a secret and I find saying things in this House is a good way of keeping them secret… Nicola doesn’t want a referendum. The last thing she wants is a referendum.
“Because she only wants a referendum when she is sure she can win it. They themselves said that they would need at least 60 percent of the electorate supporting them and support is on the decline.
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“But she does want to talk about having a referendum because it is a diversion from her record – her record which is abysmal.
“Scotland is the drugs capital of Europe with 24 funerals every week and she (Ms Sturgeon) thinks she should be concentrating on talking about the need for a referendum.”
Lord Forsyth also questioned where Cabinet members had been during the campaign, pointing out Michael Gove only came to Scotland the day after the votes had been counted.
He said: “We need ministers to go north of the border and explain to people how they benefit from having the strength of the United Kingdom around them, because they do not know it, and to lose it would put us in desperate, desperate times, faced with Nicola Sturgeon’s Brigadoon vision of an economy.”
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