Arguments for independence
The process towards a Scottish parliamentary mandate backing another independence referendum begins today and Ms Sturgeon’s minority government was expected to win with the help of a handful of Green MSPs.
Some might regard such a lack of unity as a shaky springboard to such a cataclysmic decision, but a majority is a majority no matter how small in a democracy.
However, many will focus on whether or not the Scottish Government actually has majority support in the country. Polls are stating consistently that more than half the country does not want a referendum vote at all, while a majority is currently opposed to independence despite the upheaval of Brexit.
Much attention has focused on the SNP’s 2016 manifesto pledge: the party did state “clear and sustained” support by a majority for independence would be a trigger for another referendum, but in the same sentence said “or significant material change” brought about by a Brexit vote. So, one option was activated, even if the other is in serious doubt.
Ms Sturgeon readily accepts she has a lot of persuading to do – starting with the current resident of Number 10.