Sturgeon sets out plan to hold #indyref2 within 2 years
At a hastily arranged press conference, First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has just announced her plans to hold #indyref2.
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I have embeded the video of the press conference below but the main thrust of the conference is the following:
- The First Minister talks about how it is best not to sit back and hope for the best. She thinks Scotland needs to make a decisive choice about its future
- She advises she tried to find a compromise with Theresa May as per the Scotland’s Place in Europe paper
- She said that she has been met by a ‘brick wall’ from UK government
- We are heading for a hard Brexit and that the UK government are looking at taking powers back from the Scottish Government
- She thinks that Brexit has laid Scotland’s lack of sovereignty bare
- Sturgeon has not turned her back on the UK. She is keeping a door open for compromise
- However, Sturgeon has decided to decisively set out an alternative plan if no compromise is reached
- The problem with doing nothing now is that it will be too late to choose a different path before the damage is done
- Sturgeon will continue to stick up for Scotland in the Brexit Negotiations
- However, she has no option but to plan for a second referendum
- Sturgeon says she will act now to ensure Scotland has an independence referendum at the end of the Brexit process
- She says she will ask the Scottish parliament to vote in favour of this next week
- She plans to hold #indyref2 between August 2018 and spring 2019
So unless there is a u-turn from UK gov or they don’t permit us to hold #indyref2 we will be having a second one within 2 years.
In 2014 I was never very confident about winning but I really think we can win the second one.
I have been thinking about what we would do differently. I think we should keep the prospectus to a minimum next time. Answer the big questions like currency, pensions and the constitution but don’t make pre-referendum decisions on divisive and non essential things like Trident and the Monarchy.
I notice that Sturgeon didn’t mention the EU in her speech. She talked about the Single Market which might mean she is keeping the EFTA option open.
I think we should tell people the sovereign Scottish parliament can decide those things later on.
Now that a referendum looks likely, tell us in the comments what you would do differently and what you would do the same? How confident are you we can win this?
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