Indy vote would un­der­mine democ­racy

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

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.

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