In­de­pen­dence not on ‘back burner’

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Bri­tain is a“sink­ing ship”and in­de­pen­dence should not be“put on the back burner”, MP Mhairi Black in­sists.

The Pais­ley Nat called for a re­newed drive to­wards sep­a­ra­tion from the rest of the UK af­ter the last gen­eral elec­tion re­sult.

She told the SNP con­fer­ence the union has be­come“eco­nom­i­cally self­ish, in­creas­ingly xeno­pho­bic, cruel and reck­less”.

Mhairi called for a fresh ref­er­en­dum on Scot­land’s fu­ture.

She said:“Some peo­ple are say­ing we should put in­de­pen­dence on the back burner – why would we ever?

“We should never be scared to talk about any­thing in so­ci­ety.

“The idea that be­cause we had one vote on the mat­ter we can never ex­er­cise our demo­cratic rights on the mat­ter ever again is ut­terly ridicu­lous.

“If you be­lieve in a United King­dom so much, why be afraid to ask the peo­ple of Scot­land the same ques­tion again?

“In­de­pen­dence has never been about flags or na­tion­al­ists think­ing we’re bet­ter than any­one else.

“In­de­pen­dence is about vi­sion and hope. It’s about be­ing free to run the kind of so­ci­ety we want with­out hin­drance.”

The Pais­ley and Ren­frew­shire South MP told the party faith­ful in Glas­gow that par­ties should give vot­ers a voice.

The SNP lost 21 seats at West­min­ster dur­ing the May bal­lot and saw its share of the vote drop to 27 per cent from two years ago.

Mhairi added:“Yes there are peo­ple who will al­ways vote No, re­gard­less. There are peo­ple who are loyal and sen­ti­men­tal to the United King­dom, no mat­ter what.

“So let me say to those peo­ple you will still be able to vote No as freely as you did last time, but why should we ever fear de­bate and democ­racy in ac­tion in our coun­try?”

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