Lo­cal na­tion­al­ist leader wel­comes IndyRef2

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

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.”

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