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‘Section 30 after de facto referendum would honour democracy’

Nicola Sturgeon said this week that her party will continue to plan to run the next election on a single topic in a bid for majority support. This was after the Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish Parliament couldn’t legislate for a referendum.

The outcome of a victory for pro-independence is uncertain, due to the UK Government’s historical aversion towards giving ground on this issue.

Some hope that it will be the catalyst to negotiations on Scotland’s secession from the union. However, one senior SNP member said it could lead to a new independence referendum being granted after the election.

Toni Giugliano of the SNP, who is the policy development coordinator, said to the Scotsman that it wasn’t the only way, as the (First Minister), stated. It’s not only the democratic route.

But I think if we come out of that election and negotiations with a section 30 order, then I think that that would honour democracy in Scotland and it would put the UK in a much better light on the international stage.”

He added: “If the UK Government wants to come to the table and start negotiations on independence on the back of a (de facto referendum), then I’d be delighted.

“But I’m also a realist and I think that any advance on bringing the UK Government to a table is a win for Scotland.”

Mr Giugliano went on to say that the single issue election plan was a “tactic” to advance the cause of independence.

“There are some who see the de facto referendum as ‘oh well, that will mean that we achieve independence there and then’,” he said.

“The de facto referendum in many ways is a tactic for us to be able to pursue independence, to keep it on the agenda, and to, at the very best, begin negotiations with the UK Government.”

The former Holyrood candidate told the newspaper the SNP existed to win independence, saying: “Of course it’s risky. It should be risky. We’ve been in government for 15 years.

“The reason why we’re here is not to perpetually be in government – the reason why we’re here is to deliver independence for Scotland.”

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