Indy vote would undermine democracy
Madam, – Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer is urging Labour MPS to back a second Brexit referendum under the guise that it might prevent a No Deal exit from the European Union.
If Scottish Labour MPS support that call then Scotland could face a second crisis of immeasurable depth.
The SNP ignored their 2014 promise of a oncein-a-lifetime vote by rejecting that democratic referendum which firmly voted against leaving the union.
Labour, by supporting the SNP for a second EU vote, could be opening the door to another Scottish independence referendum.
Some European countries have succumbed to second referendums in the past.
Britain will regain our national democratic rights after leaving the EU.
It would be a travesty should Britain now desert our historical belief in democracy.
Are future referendums or general elections to be like championship tennis matches with the best of three votes or even the best of five counting for the final result?
The Conservatives, first through former prime minister David Cameron’s promise that the UK should vote on EU membership, then through Theresa May’s full acceptance of Brexit, have maintained democracy in the United Kingdom.
That must also be the decision on a second Scottish independence referendum.
In Scotland’s case to allow a re-run of the 2014 vote will confirm that democracy is no longer meaningful in the UK or in Scotland.
The SNP during 10 years of power in Hollyrood have played political games with democracy.
Labour would be well advised not to desert their past support for the union by forcing another damaging schism on a Scotland already twice wounded following the last two referendums. Angus Brown. The Orchard, Longforgan.