Scot­tish Na­tion­al­ists In­de­pen­dence re­vis­ited

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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.

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