#IndyRef2 Campaign Speech on Wednesday January 29th 2020: is D-Day for Democracy – as Nicola Sturgeo n says about naming the date for the next referendum under the heading ‘Gaining Independence ’ that Manifesto proclaimed

This week she will need to draw on her personal courage, political nous and inherent confidence in Scottish people when she makes the most significant speech in her career at the Scottish Parliament this coming Wednesday, 29th January: The campaign to secure Scotland’s return to the normal status of an independent nation has reached a critical tipping point in my opinion. The very essence of democracy now faces the stiffest examination I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. Nearly six years ago Scotland’s first independence referendum was held with the agreement of Westminster. Such a route to independence was not always the policy of the Scottish National Party (SNP).

Wednesday is D-Day for Democracy – Name the Date for IndyRef2 Nicola

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is an elected politician with considerable talents and a formidable political record of campaigning and successful electioneering stretching back over three decades.

Formed in 1934 the SNP fought the 1997 General Election on a very clear manifesto commitment. Under the heading ‘Gaining Independence’ that Manifesto proclaimed:

“A vote for the SNP is a vote for independence … Scotland can gain its independence at any General Election. After the election of a majority of SNP MPs, the SNP will immediately initiate negotiations for independence with the UK Government”.

Majority of Scotland’s MPs in Last 3 Elections Have Been for Independence

The SNP secured a very credible 621,550 votes in Scotland, 22% of the total votes cast, on that clear route to independence and doubled their number of MPs from three to six. Nicola Sturgeon herself fought the Govan constituency in Glasgow under that manifesto and secured 11,302 votes, a very credible 35% of the votes cast and a 7.4% increase on the previous general election of 1992.

So both the SNP and the First Minister have not always adhered to a Westminster agreed Referendum route to independence. In fact the ‘majority of MPs elected to Westminster’ route was SNP policy for 63 years while the referendum route has only arisen over the last decade. The point is there is no single, universally accepted route to independence for Scotland or indeed any other nation.

Some have secured their independence from the British Empire through armed struggle; others mass civil disobedience and others still via elections of parties committed to independence from Britain. Of the 63 nations who became independent from the UK since 1939 none have regretted it and sought to reverse the decision.

2014 Referendum Was Democratic Expression of Opinion at That Time

The 2014 Independence Referendum was certainly a first class exercise in engagement with the populace and the 84.6% turnout was the largest in British history. It was a clear demonstration of Scottish opinion at that time. After a twelve month campaign of intense debates, discussions and decisive distortions by the Better Together ‘Project Fear’ campaign 55% of Scots said NO to independence.

However, democracy is a living process not a one-off event. Otherwise why would we hold regular 4 or 5 year elections for Parliaments and local councils? People are permitted to change their minds. That’s what democracy supports and protects.

Support for independence rose in the course of the campaign from between 23%/25% to an incredible 45% despite the might of the British State and its puppets in the mainstream media doing all in their power to frighten the electorate and try to convince them that Scotland was not sustainable as an independent nation, ignoring the reality that Scotland was an independent country for a longer period than it has been part of Britain.

Unionist supporters will cry ‘sour grapes’ at me highlighting the list of lies, distortions and unfavourable coverage given to the YES side in 2013/14 but they can’t deny one of the big issues promoted by the NO vote campaign was that membership of the EU could only be guaranteed by rejecting independence.

Not only does that particular point lie now in tatters but more significantly for the future of democracy is recognition of the fact that since the 2014 Referendum there has been not one, two or three general elections but four general elections, three UK wide and one Scottish in 2016, and in every single one of those elections the party of independence won.

IndyRef2 Mandate is Real, Democratic and Entirely Legitimate

A majority of independence supporting MPs has been elected to represent Scotland in 2015, 2017 and 2019. The 2016 Scottish Parliament election was also won by a majority of independence supporting MSPs. Since 2016 the SNP stood on a clear IndyRef2 manifesto commitment. They won in 2016, 2017 and 2019 on that specific commitment.


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Boris Johnson Rejects Sturgeon’s Request for Scottish Independence Referendum Powers

Indeed the Tory clarion call to voters in Scotland last month was specific and clear. Vote Tory to block IndyRef2. They lost over half their 13 MPs and saw their vote fall by 3.5% points. When approaching her speech on Wednesday the elected First Minister of Scotland should reflect that under the previous SNP independence route strategy they would have secured the right to enter “immediate independence negotiations with the UK Government” on three separate occasions since 2014. Now is not the time for being meek and mild mannered.

Defy Democracy Denier Johnson

SNP Westminster leader, Iain Blackford, has already accurately called out Boris Johnson as a ‘Democracy Denier’. There is not a snowball’s chance in hell that Johnson will agree to a Section 30 Order like 2012 which paved the way for a referendum Westminster was committed to recognise in 2014. Cameron only agreed at the time because he was in a weak position, relying on a coalition government and facing opinion polls that suggested the chance of a YES vote was so remote that it could be virtually ruled out.

Johnson is in an entirely different position. He sits with a stronger hand in Westminster with an 80 seat Tory majority and a recognition that with polls showing support for independence at least 50% he simply can’t afford the gamble. England needs Scotland’s economic prowess to survive. Contrary to the unionist lies Scotland has subsidised England for several decades now and anyone with a morsel of brain matter will realise that salient fact. If Scotland was truly an economic drain on England, a ‘subsidy junkie’ as we are often disparagingly labelled, the Tories would have cut us out of the glorious union long before now.

Nicola must rise to the challenge on Wednesday and deliver the manifesto commitment she won the general election on. The mandate for IndyRef2 was won in 2016, voted for by the Scottish Parliament and then re-won in 2017 and 2019. It is a quadruple backed mandate and Westminster’s vote for the Brexit withdrawal Bill last week despite being rejected by all three devolved parliaments in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland is the ‘material change’ which simply must trigger the use of that mandate.

Rise to the Challenge Nicola

Nicola’s task on Wednesday is to define without doubt our status as a nation not a colonised adjunct of England. We need no permission to hold a consultative referendum on our constitutional future. We don’t seek permission from our colonial masters we inform them politely and firmly that September this year will see IndyRef2 and in doing so she will articulate the view of at least 61% of Scots according to the latest opinion poll which confirms the overwhelming belief that calling IndyRef2 is a matter for the Scottish Parliament not Westminster.

This latest poll is no surprise. Remember the 45% who voted SNP last month did so on the explicit understanding that the SNP intended to organise IndyRef2 but the 18% who voted Labour also did so with declared support for Scotland’s right to decide.

A Scottish Saltire (C) flies between a Union flag (L) and a European Union (EU) flag in front of the Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 27, 2016.
Tory Denial of Democracy Demands SNP Action – IndyRef2 Must Be Called

Our task in the independence movement between now and September will be to engage every village, town, city and community in the logical, democratic and unassailable case for independence. Turnout will be critical. The Tory unionists and others will likely boycott it. We need to counter that cynicism and cowardice with energy, confidence and enthusiasm. We can push the turnout up to near the 60% mark and win at least 60-65% of those votes. No one questions the legitimacy of the Scottish Parliament to govern and pass laws yet the turnout in 2016 was only 55.6% and that was 5% higher than 2011.

Inertia is fatal in politics. Failure to use the mandate they asked for and received from the people of Scotland will not only undermine future SNP support, it will undermine the independence cause and the already challenged belief in democracy. Listen to your heart Nicola, listen to the democratic expressions of the Scottish people at each of the last four general elections, listen to the democratic vote of the Scottish Parliament in 2017 and name the date for IndyRef2 on Wednesday. Do the right thing and show the world we are about to become an independent nation once again.

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#IndyRef2 Locals March For Independence – Photos – The divide between Edinburgh and London is continuing to grow, with the SNP bolstering its position during the last snap elections, winning 48 seats in the House of Commons, up from 35 seats in 2017, and gaining 45 percent of the vote in Scotland

Supporters of Scotland’s independence are holding a march in the city of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. The event is being attended by Highland MP Ian Blackford, who has been the leader of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons since 2017.

“Petrified of you people peacefully protesting for your sovereignty. We can be a beacon to others by securing independence,” Blackford said addressing the protesters.

  • Freedom March for Scottish Independence in Inverness, the Scottish Highlands
  • Freedom March for Scottish Independence in Inverness, the Scottish Highlands
  • Freedom March for Scottish Independence in Inverness, the Scottish Highlands
  • Freedom March for Scottish Independence in Inverness, the Scottish Highlands
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Freedom March for Scottish Independence in Inverness, the Scottish Highlands

The event kicked off from Walker Park, with people marching towards the Fishermen’s Car Park.

Scotland held an independence referendum on 18 September 2014. The “No” side won with almost 2 million votes against independence, while around 1,6 million voted in favour of leaving the U.K.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Jan.26: 2020:

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The Scottish Government has today published legislation to pave the way for a referendum on independence late next year #StandUp4Scotland

The Referendums (Scotland) Bill has been laid in the Scottish Parliament today and provides a legal framework for the holding of referendums on any matters within Scotland’s control

Source: Indyref2: Nicola Sturgeon publishes referendum Bill at Holyrood – The Scotsman

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( EDINBURGH) JUST IN: YouGovPoll 49% Support for Scottish independence rising to its highest point in the past four years, largely driven by voters who want to remain in the EU according to a poll published on Saturday #StandUPScotland

#AceNewsReport – Apr.27: As the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) meets for its spring conference, the YouGov poll showed support for secession from the United Kingdom had risen to 49 percent from 45 percent at the last YouGov poll carried out for The Times in June 2018: Scots rejected independence by 45-55 percent in a 2014 referendum: Then the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a 2016 referendum, but among its four nations Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay, feeding political tension………..Britain is mired in political chaos and it is still unclear when or even if it will leave the EU.

YouGov also found that 53 percent of Scots thought there should not be another referendum on independence within the next five years: Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is pushing for one before 2021, when the current Scottish parliamentary terms ends.

YouGov polled 1029 adults in Scotland following a new guideline on independence set out by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Wednesday: The poll also showed voters moving away from both the Conservatives and the Labour Party north of the English border.

The Scottish Conservatives, part of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party, are set to lose their only representative in the European Parliament in next month’s election as 40 percent of those who backed them two years ago switch to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party: “These patterns represent a clear warning to the Unionist camp that the pursuit of Brexit might yet produce a majority for independence,” Professor John Curtice, Britain’s leading polling expert, wrote in a column for The Times.

#AceNewsDesk Report…………..Reuters.Com/ Published: April.27: 209: By Elisabeth O’Leary; Editing by Clelia Oziel

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Still Yes Scot: RT @petermacmahon: Spoke to @DLidington today on @NicolaSturgeon’s call for ‘Section 30’ order to allow #indyref2 if UK Leaves EU. He said: “We don’t see the case for this and we don’t intend to grant consent for Section 30.” Clear. @ScotGovFM accepts Section 30 needed for legally watertight vote

Still Yes Scot: RT @petermacmahon: Spoke to @DLidington today on @NicolaSturgeon’s call for ‘Section 30’ order to allow #indyref2 if UK Leaves EU. He said: “We don’t see the case for this and we don’t intend to grant consent for Section 30.” Clear. @ScotGovFM accepts Section 30 needed for legally watertight vote.

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What effect rabbits are having on stability of grassy bank below Inverness Castle to be investigated #AceNewsDesk reports

https://t.co/1omOEIb2xD http://pic.twitter.com/EtyDwYgyJw — BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) July 27, 2017#AceNewsDesk

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Scottish village of Dull (which is twinned with Boring in Oregon) to host Mayor of the Shire of Bland in Australia https://t.co/ZYqUeTVT0K http://pic.twitter.com/IAWAHk0tNV #AceNewsDesk

Scottish village of Dull (which is twinned with Boring in Oregon) to host Mayor of the Shire of Bland in Australia #AceNewsDesk reports

https://t.co/ZYqUeTVT0K http://pic.twitter.com/IAWAHk0tNV — BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 28, 2017 #AceNewsDesk

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Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Glasgow for the annual #OrangeWalks http://bitly.com/2uuXRzV http://bitly.com/2twYtYy #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Glasgow for the annual #OrangeWalks #AceNewsDesk reports

http://bitly.com/2uuXRzV http://pic.twitter.com/uzvqWDuC6W— Press Association (@PA) July 1, 2017 #AceNewsDesk

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Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers https://t.co/DVRCQnPIMX #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

Scottish government abandons 1% pay cap on public sector workers https://t.co/DVRCQnPIMX — The Guardian (@guardian) June 30, 2017 #AceNewsDesk

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Scotland to introduce soft opt-out system for organ donation https://t.co/Evd3jA9xxH #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

Scotland to introduce soft opt-out system for organ donation #AceNewsDesk reports https://t.co/Evd3jA9xxH — The Guardian (@guardian) June 28, 2017 #AceNewsDesk

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola #Sturgeon says plan for indyref2 will be “reset” until after #Brexit https://t.co/pgxACI7SCK #AceNewDesk – @AceDailyNews

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola #Sturgeon says plan for indyref2 will be “reset” until after #Brexit

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Sturgeon shelves plans for second referendum bill until autumn 2018 at earliest .@AndrewSparrow https://t.co/mGkG39L5Uh #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

Sturgeon shelves plans for second referendum bill until autumn 2018 at earliest – https://t.co/mGkG39L5U — AndrewSparrow (@AndrewSparrow) June 27, 2017 #AceNewsDesk

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Scot govt have a mandate for #indyref2 within this Parliament – @ScotGovFM .@BBCNormanS #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

Scot govt have a mandate for #indyref2 within this Parliament – @ScotGovFM — norman smith (@BBCNormanS) June 27, 2017 #AceNewsDesk

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Pro-, anti-Muslim protesters rally in Scotland https://t.co/g6u1mJCNzG #AceNewsDesk.@AceDailyNews

Pro-, anti-Muslim protesters rally in Scotland #AceNewsDesk reports

https://t.co/g6u1mJCNzG http://pic.twitter.com/gPQkNfiHL — Press TV (@PressTV) June 26, 2017 #AceNewsDesk

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@PA: RT @LizzyBuchan: Nicola Sturgeon welcomes the new intake of #SNP MPs to Parliament https://t.co/sKG1DpVAVv #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

@PA: RT @LizzyBuchan: Nicola Sturgeon welcomes the new intake of #SNP MPs to Parliament https://t.co/sKG1DpVAVv #AceNewsDesk

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@PALucindaC: Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale calls on Theresa May to resign following general election result #GE2017 https://t.co/NwwXeEKhA7 #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale calls on Theresa May to resign following general election result #GE2017 https://t.co/NwwXeEKhA7 #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

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Nicola Sturgeon says #SNP will “reflect” on election losses as she admits #indyref2 push may have hurt her party in #GE2017!https://t.co/zac0q0cMtY #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

Nicola Sturgeon says #SNP will “reflect” on election losses as she admits #indyref2 push may have hurt her party in #GE2017 https://t.co/zac0q0cMtY #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

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Scottish leader says Conservative Party’s ‘reckless’ approach to #Brexit should be abandoned; May should resign. https://t.co/pZlfhnvoxX #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

Scottish leader says Conservative Party’s ‘reckless‘ approach to #Brexit should be abandoned; May should resign. https://t.co/pZlfhnvoxX #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

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SNP plans for second independence referendum were “undoubtedly” a factor in party losing 21 seats, Nicola Sturgeon says #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

SNP plans for second independence referendum were “undoubtedly” a factor in party losing 21 seats, Nicola Sturgeon says #AceNewsDesk – @AceDailyNews

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