SNP threatens second independence vote

Edinburgh-Castle-Scotland-700x450.jpg

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.”