Scottish Nationalists Independence revisited
While the DUP says it will not tolerate any Brexit that undermines the union, the Scottish National party sees a golden chance to use the chaos that surrounds it to promote independence. While polls do not suggest there is majority support for independence, the SNP knows a botched Brexit or a no-deal outcome could play into its hands. The party will not support any Brexit that does not involve full single market and customs union membership, both of which May has ruled out.
May and the SNP could not be further apart. At her party’s annual conference last week Nicola Sturgeon, above, adapted Winston Churchill’s famous saying when referring to Brexit, declaring: “Never has so much been lost by so many to satisfy so few.”
She said she was “more confident than ever that Scotland will be independent”, and urged her party “to step up our work to update and strengthen the case”.
The SNP also says it will back a second referendum on Brexit, but wants assurances that the Scottish people will have a second independence vote if they back Remain while the UK votes Leave.