Ex-Tory insider claims Scottish independence referendum ‘will happen’ – Boris on alert

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The SNP emerged from last week’s Scottish parliament elections as the largest single party, but fell one short of an overall majority. However, combined with the pro-independence Greens there are the numbers in Holyrood for a majority who would back a second referendum.

The UK Government argues the SNP should focus on coronavirus recovery and have vowed to oppose any second poll.

Unionists point out pro-UK parties got more Scottish constituency votes in total than nationalist ones.

However speaking to STV’s Scotland Tonight Mr MacIver, who now works in PR, predicted a referendum will be held “maybe in 2023, 2024”.

He said: “I think already privately attitudes in the Tory Party are starting to soften a little bit.

“If you catch them privately they know there’s a mandate. It’s perfectly obvious there’s a mandate.

“The election was purely about the referendum, that’s what both main parties said it was about.

“And that’s what people voted on the basis of. In this country we don’t need a majority of seats for a mandate that’s not how the Scottish Parliament works, nor do we need a majority of votes.”

The SNP secured 64 seats in the Scottish Parliament versus 31 for the Conservatives and 22 for Scottish Labour.

Scotland’s Green party and the Liberal Democrats made up the difference winning eight and four seats respectively.

Mr MacIver also claimed Labour and the Liberal Democrats could end up supporting a second referendum.

He commented: “I think attitudes are beginning to soften a little bit and ultimately I think they realise the pressure will just become too great.

“I think democratic pressure from overseas could be there, I think they feel put under pressure by the fact Labour and the Lib Dems, I think, will acknowledge the mandate at some point relatively soon as well.


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“I think ultimately it will happen at some point, maybe in 2023, 2024.”

Ms Sturgeon has insisted there will be another referendum on Scotland’s place within the UK.

Speaking to Mr Johnson she argued another poll is “now a matter of when, not if”.

Following a call, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister said he’d asked the SNP to focus on “Covid recovery at this time”.

They added: “They both agreed that their immediate focus should be on working together to build back from the pandemic.

“The Prime Minister reiterated his invitation for the First Minister to join a summit meeting to discuss our shared challenges on Covid recovery and how we can overcome them.”

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross insists the SNP have no mandate for another referendum following the election.

He tweeted: “The Scottish Conservatives have stopped an SNP majority, stopped indyref2 and won more votes than ever before.

“Our supporters went to incredible efforts and all their hard work has paid off.”

Mr Ross has urged unionists to boycott any “wildcat” referendum conducted without UK Government approval.
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