Gib­son lat­est SNP big name to defy party by op­pos­ing sec­ond Brexit vote

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By TOM PETERKIN

Kenny Gib­son joins ranks of SNP big names op­pos­ing vote SNP op­po­si­tion to Nicola Stur­geon’s sup­port of the Peo­ple’s Vote has grown with Kenny Gib­son be­com­ing the lat­est Na­tion­al­ist politi­cian to warn it has im­pli­ca­tions for Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence.

Mr Gib­son, the MSP for Cun­ning­hame North, has joined Pete Wishart MP, Angus Mc­neill MP and the for­mer cabi­net sec­re­tary Alex Neil MSP in voic­ing con­cerns that a sec­ond Brexit vote would en­able Union­ists to ar­gue for an­other vote on the terms of Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence in the event of a Yes vote. Ms Stur­geon has said the SNP will sup­port a ref­er­en­dum on the terms of the Brexit deal. This week Mr Gib­son re­belled against the SNP whip by fail­ing to sup­port a Holy­rood vote for a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum. The vast ma­jor­ity of SNP MSPS joined the Lib Dems and Greens to sup­port an amend­ment call­ing for the Peo­ple’s Vote.

Speak­ing to the in­de­pen­dence-sup­port­ing Na­tional news­pa­per, Mr Gib­son said he favoured a sec­ond Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum be­cause Brexit had brought a “ma­te­rial change in cir­cum­stances”.

When it came to Brexit, how­ever, he said noth­ing had changed “ma­te­ri­ally”.

“I also be­lieve that hav­ing a sec­ond vote on the Brexit pack­age sets a prece­dent. One I would not want to see im­posed post in­dyref2.”

Mr Neil did not vote in the Holy­rood Brexit de­bate on Wed­nes­day, but he told the Na­tional the SNP was “bounced” into sup­port­ing the pol­icy af­ter Ms Stur­geon ann­nounced SNP MPS would back a sec­ond Brexit ref­er­en­dum on a TV in­ter­view.

Mr Neil said: “What I am first and fore­most is a Na­tion­al­ist. I want in­de­pen­dence for Scot­land so I judge ev­ery­thing on the ba­sis on whether ad­vances or not the case for Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence and based on that cri­te­ria I think it is a huge mis­take to sup­port the idea of a con­fir­ma­tory ref­er­en­dum, which will be used against us by our op­po­nents.”

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