Activists in drive to break up the UK
ABOUT 800 activists are expected to converge on Glasgow today for the launch of a sell-out grassroots drive for Scottish independence.
The Scottish Independence Convention, which is being chaired by the actor Elaine C Smith, is billed as “a conference to prepare for the next independence referendum”.
Despite Nicola Sturgeon offering to park a second referendum to secure a soft Brexit deal for Scotland, the first speaker will be the SNP Communities Secretary Angela Constance.
Also speaking are SNP MP Tommy Sheppard and former SNP enterprise minister Jim Mather, a member of the SNP commission reviewing the economics of independence.
Scottish Green co-conveners Patrick Harvie MSP and Maggie Chapman will also address the event alongside Radical Independence founder Jonathon Shafi, and Robin McAlpine, creator of the Common Weal think-tank which aims to influence SNP policy.
The gathering reflects impatience in parts of the Yes movement that the SNP has not yet updated its case for independence since the 2013 White Paper, which failed to convince voters on the economic or currency implications of leaving the UK.
Mr Harvie, who this week predicted a referendum as early as spring 2018 if Theresa May rejects a bespoke Scottish Brexit deal, admitted the Yes side had lost the support of some of the 45 per cent who backed it before, and it was time to start actively campaigning again.