May’s argument for preventing indyref2 is hypocritical and false
Today Theresa May told Scotland that we can’t have indyref2 even if our parliament votes for it.
In an interview with Robert Peston she said:
Just at this point, all our energies should be focused on our negotiations with the European Union about our future relationship.
To be talking about an independence referendum will make it more difficult for us to be able to get the right deal for Scotland, and the right deal for the UK.
And more than that, I think it wouldn’t be fair to the people of Scotland because they’re being asked to make a crucial decision without all the necessary information – without knowing what the future partnership would be, or what the alternative of an independent Scotland would look like.
The last paragraph of her statement manages to be both hypocritical and false.
It is false because as we discussed yesterday, indyref2 is planned for a time when we will know the details of the Brexit deal. So we certainly would be able to make an informed choice.
It is hypocritical because we just had a Tory led referendum on leaving the EU with no prior information on what that would actually entail. In fact the Tories still don’t have a clue what leaving the EU will look like 9 months after the vote. If you have any doubts about that watch this car-crash display by the Secretary of State for exiting the European Union.
This is another act that highlights the glaring lack of sovereignty of the Scottish parliament.
May is willing to lie by saying she wants us to be informed, while forcing through a hard Brexit that was won on the back of a referendum in which there was zero clarity. She is willing to deny a democratic vote in the Scottish parliament while at the same time pushing through a Brexit that was designed to restore decision making power to the UK parliament.
We have been talking for ages about how Scotland is a passenger and not a partner. About how we need to decide whether we want to be a region or a country.
This is ultimately what indyref2 will be about and May is helping to highlight this by treating us with no respect.
Sturgeon should continue with plan A and force the Prime Minister to deny the will of the Scottish parliament. In the long run the PM may be able to delay indyref2 but in doing so is she making our points for us.
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