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SNP threatens second independence vote


The Scottish National Party has warned it will push for another independence referendum if more powers are not devolved to Scotland.

In an interview with the Financial Times, SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie said there was a risk of another ballot if Westminster failed to go further than the devolution measures already set out.

MPs are debating devolution plans in the House of Commons today, but SNP MPs want amendments to allow Scotland to claim new powers rather than have them devolved.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has previously sad the SNP would only plan another referendum if there was a “material change in circumstances”, such as Scotland wanting to remain in the European Union but the UK opting to leave.

But Hosie said a vote could be triggered “if the public — particularly those who voted No [in last year’s Scottish referendum] — think they’ve been sold a pup because what has been promised does not go as far as…the unprecedented programme of devolution promised by the Prime Minister.”



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  1. I get the impression that the SNP are going to find reasons to threaten the UK with another independence vote every time they don’t like something. They will only be happy with a Yes vote.

  2. No problem letting them have a vote as long as the rest of the UK can participate.

  3. Richard Wright 15th June 2015 at 9:44 am

    Right – we had a vote the Answer was NO -get over it !!

  4. And they will keep voting until the public get it right!

  5. Neil Liversidge 15th June 2015 at 10:27 am

    I’m bored with this. I learned when I was about 14 that when you have a girlfriend who’s always threatening to leave you, the best think you can say is “OK – off you go and be careful the door doesn’t hit your arse on the way out.”

  6. No one ever suggests an independent England, time to throw the vote open to everyone – an independent England, Scotland and Wales, and a united Ireland

  7. John-Dale McCallum 15th June 2015 at 12:01 pm

    No no no, we can’t get into a Neverendum style vote. We said no, SNP please listen to your majority -NO! We are stronger as a team, a group of small Nations coming together…

  8. Neil Liversidge 15th June 2015 at 12:15 pm

    @John-Dale McCallum: I absolutely agree but we’re being held to ransom here. I absolutely believe in maintaining the Union but no more concessions should be made – zero – and those made already should be revoked. The UK should be run as one country with laws harmonised throughout. Those who don’t want it should walk. We’re in this lousy situation thanks to pathetic stupid gutless politicians of all parties. If Scotland walks, more fool the Scots; Scotland is too small for a republic and too big for an asylum. If they want to go, let them. Scotland will end up less relevant than Luxembourg but England will still be England.

  9. Alex Salmond let the cat out of the bag when he said that a vote for SNP was a vote for independence, Nicola Sturgeon had to quickly backtrack in order to plant the Trojan Horse into Westminster. What Scotland have voted for is a group of political extremists who have no desire to contribute to a coordinated Government, as seen by their disrespectful behaviour already.

  10. Bored with this. Whilst I would love the UK to stay together, it is clear that blackmail will continue and whilst there could be many “NO” votes, it will only take one “YES” vote to split. Let them get on with it.

  11. SNP a complete embarrassment but should be no surprise there; consistent with their vitriolic electioneering at both last year’s referendum and the General Election.

  12. I take it the SNP is going to pay for this next referendum, the UNITED KINGDOM taxpayers paid for the last one if the SNP want another because they didn’t get the result they wanted let them pay for it. Can a bankrupt party still stand or its MP’s remain in Parliament?

  13. Scotland is part of the UK. Scotland voted to stay part of the UK. The SNP have only 50 something seats they can not blackmail for another vote they can only request a vote in the house of commons. Or am i wrong

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