No man­date for an­other IndyRef

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - AGENDA -

SIR, – As Ni­cola Stur­geon con­tin­ues to ag­o­nise over the tim­ing of a pos­si­ble sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum (Press and Jour­nal, Jan­uary 8), per­haps three pieces of in­for­ma­tion could help her de­ci­sion mak­ing.

First, ev­ery sin­gle poll on the sub­ject of Scot­tish in­de­pen­dence con­ducted dur­ing 2018 gave a ma­jor­ity to those op­pos­ing in­de­pen­dence.

Sec­ond, there were 10 coun­cil by-elec­tions held in Scot­land last year. When all the re­sults are added to­gether, pro-in­de­pen­dence par­ties got 37% of the vote, against 52% for those pre­fer­ring to stay in the UK.

Third, Ms Stur­geon claims the SNP have a man­date to hold an­other ref­er­en­dum. This is not true as they are a mi­nor­ity ad­min­is­tra­tion. They can only push an­other vote through Holy­rood with the sup­port of the du­plic­i­tous Greens who said be­fore the last Holy­rood elec­tions that they would not sup­port an IndyRef re-run.

Keith Shortreed, Cot­town of Gight, Meth­lick, Aberdeen­shire

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