Risk par­lia­ments will be left ema­ci­ated

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Sir, – No one can be in any doubt now that the To­ries in­tend to use Brexit as an ex­cuse to pull the teeth of the de­volved par­lia­ments.

They will at­tempt to turn them into talk­ing shops able only to carry out the poli­cies agreed by West­min­ster and in no way able to diverge from the poli­cies handed down to them, even if these poli­cies have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on the peo­ple of Scot­land.

Ni­cola Stur­geon’s meet­ing with Theresa May and the Labour del­e­ga­tion from Wales will come soon enough, then all in Scot­land will know where we stand.

In case of a no set­tle­ment, Ms Stur­geon must ask for the power to be trans­ferred to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment to hold a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum on in­de­pen­dence.

If Mrs May says ‘now is not the time’ then we should be pre­pared to col­lapse the Holy­rood par­lia­ment and go to the coun­try on this one.

Ms Stur­geon should make it clear what is at stake for Scot­land.

She should point out that this will not be a vote to elect MSPS but a vote on our very ex­is­tence as a sov­er­eign par­lia­ment.

All SNP MPS should be re­called to their con­stituen­cies dur­ing the run-up to those Holy­rood elec­tions – their task would be to whip up the grass­roots cam­paign, hence en­sur­ing a large turnout.

Only such a vote and a large ma­jor­ity one way or the other will put this ques­tion to bed.

We are now in a fight for our very ex­is­tence as a coun­try.

It is time to de­cide this is­sue once and for all. Wal­ter Hamil­ton. Flat 3 City Park, City Road,

St An­drews.

Pic­ture: An­drew Cowan.

Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter, Ni­cola Stur­geon.

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