Local nationalist leader welcomes IndyRef2
The nationalist leader in West Dunbartonshire has vowed that the area is ready to vote yes again after the First Minister announced plans for a second independence referendum.
Jonathan McColl is delighted that the nation will again get the chance to go to the polls to decide whether to remain in the UK or to go it alone following the landmark statement from Nicola Sturgeon on Monday.
She made the announcement at Bute House that she is to seek parliamentary approval to start discussions with the UK Government to enable another independence referendum to take place. And SNP council member, Councillor McColl insists it is the right move.
He said: “Nicola Sturgeon has gone above and beyond in her efforts to secure Scotland’s place within the single market while remaining in the United Kingdom.
“As the leader of a party whose core policy is that Scotland should leave the UK and govern itself, Nicola has shown beyond any doubt that she puts her responsibilities as First Minister of Scotland before her role as a party leader.
“But every step of the way the UK Government have failed to listen to Scotland’s voice.
“I am delighted that Nicola is putting in place the measures required to protect the interests of Scotland. West Dunbartonshire stands ready to vote yes once again, and in even greater numbers than before.”
West Dunbartonshire was one of only four areas in Scotland which voted overall in favour of independence during the 2014 referendum, with 54 percent backing a split.
And last June, residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining part of the EU.
Almost 27,000 local voters wanted to stay put while just under 16,500 opted to leave.
West Dunbartonshire’s SNP MP Martin Docherty-Hughes also backed moves for a second independence referendum immediately after the vote and this week backed the latest move to gain freedom from the UK Government.
He said:“The First Minister has acted, as she always does, to protect the interests of Scotland and in line with the wishes of the Scottish people.
“I completely agree with the First Minister that, if the UK Government continue to refuse to engage with Scottish Government in a meaningful way on an issue as important as membership of the European Union, Scotland must take stock and our communities must have the opportunity to decide what kind of relationship we wish to have with the UK, EU and wider international community.”