Second independence vote backed by 60% of UK Labour supporters, survey suggests

A new survey suggests that 60% of Labour supporters across the UK back another independence referendum “in principle” in the next few years, and 56% think the party should too. Labour out of step with its supporters? The YouGov study, which spoke to 1,073 Labour members between 17 March and 24 March, found that while supporters in the rest of the UK believe there should be another vote, just 31% in Scotland feel the same – with 61% against the idea and 8% undecided. However, the weighted sample in Scotland for the poll was just 43 people. The Scottish Parliament elections are coming up. If the SNP win,…

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Plaid Cymru’s manifesto promises independence referendum and ‘the most radical programme since 1945’

A referendum on Welsh independence will be held by 2026 if Plaid Cymru forms the next government in Cardiff Bay. In its manifesto for the May 6 Senedd elections, Plaid promised to implement the most radical programme since the 1945 Labour government. The manifesto promises that a Plaid first minister “will let the people of Wales, not Westminster, decide on our future” within the next five years. We’ll give every child in Wales the best start in life by… 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Extending free school meals to all primary pupils 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Investing in 4,500 extra teachers and support staff 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿Providing free childcare from 24 months#VoteForWales pic.twitter.com/RxzmtFF91y — Plaid Cymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Plaid_Cymru) April…

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Nicola Sturgeon claims Alex Salmond is hindering the cause of independence

Alex Salmond is now hindering, and not helping, the cause of Scottish independence, his successor Nicola Sturgeon has insisted. The first minister and SNP leader also questioned the message it would send to women if Salmond returned to Holyrood after May’s election. Alba Party Salmond was dramatically unveiled as the leader of the new pro-independence Alba Party at the start of the Scottish election campaign. The new party is only fielding candidates on the ‘regional list’ section of the ballot. With one opinion poll putting the party on 3%, Sturgeon stressed that “we shouldn’t assume that Alex Salmond is going to return MSP to Holyrood”. But she insisted…

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As Salmond makes independence more likely, Scottish Tories can’t even unite unionists

On 26 March, Alex Salmond publicly launched “a new political force – the Alba Party”. Salmond said his new political party will only stand candidates on the regional list in parliament elections on 6 May. And given Scotland’s election system, that strategy could achieve a “supermajority for independence”. Following Salmond’s announcement, Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross called for a pact with unionist parties to form a “pro-UK, anti-referendum coalition” after the elections. But that call seems to be falling on deaf ears. So try as the Tories and other unionists might to undermine the campaign for independence, there’s no sign it’ll have any effect. Alba pre-election success Alba…

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Tory hypocrisy forgets that Scottish independence doesn’t hinge on ‘any one politician’

The Canary‘s #Independence2021 series explores issues relevant to independence in Scotland and Wales in the run up to May’s elections. This edition looks at the potential effect that a report into the “handling of allegations of sexual misconduct against Alex Salmond”, during his time as Scotland’s first minister, could have on independence in Scotland. Unionists are seizing on this to discredit Scotland’s first minister and leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon. And as a result, they’re also trying to attack the Scottish independence movement. But regardless of the attacks, the report’s findings may not affect Scottish independence at all. Because, as Derek Macpherson of Scotland’s Action for Independence…

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A new grassroots movement is ‘uniting people’ for Scottish independence

In the first part of The Canary’s #DevolvedElections2021 series, we caught up with Now Scotland, a new independence movement in Scotland. This series takes a weekly look at matters related to the upcoming devolved elections in Scotland and Wales on 6 May 2021. This week we look at Scotland where the election is labelled “independence election”. There’s of course an independence movement in Wales too, whom we aim to speak to again in the coming weeks. Our interview with Now Scotland shows the momentum for Scottish independence is only going in one direction. Now Scotland The Canary spoke to economist and former SNP MP George Kerevan of Now Scotland.…

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Michael Gove’s ‘Trumpian’ opposition is boosting support for Scottish independence

Michael Gove’s “Trumpian” rejection of rising support for Scottish independence will only boost the cause, according to the SNP.The Cabinet Office minister was compared to US President Donald Trump as he was peppered with questions from SNP MPs about why opinion polls suggest Scots favour independence ahead of remaining in the union.Responding to SNP Cabinet Office spokesperson Pete Wishart’s questions about why independence is the “settled will” of the Scottish people, Gove replied: “Sadly I fear his reliance on opinion polls is no substitute for his aversion to hard arguments.“Why won’t he engage with the facts?” Pete Wishart asked Gove why he thinks large numbers of Scots support…

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Brexit withdrawal negotiations show only independence can protect Wales

When it left the EU on 31 January 2020, the UK entered an 11-month transition period. At the end of this the UK will have ended a 48-year relationship with the EU. It should also have negotiated its future relationship with the EU. But – at the time of publication – Boris Johnson’s government has yet to do so. These final stages have shown Johnson’s failure to deliver the deal he said was “oven-ready”. It’s also shown the Tories’ preparedness to, once again, break the law. This reckless Tory approach means British consumers are facing higher prices. And, despite voting to leave the EU more than four and…

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Another Boris Johnson ‘disaster’ just advanced Scottish independence

Despite the risk of a coronavirus (Covid-19) cancellation, devolved elections in Scotland are scheduled for 6 May 2021. The newly formed Action for Independence (AFI) has labelled it “the independence election”. And opinion polls appear to show support for Scottish independence is growing. On 15 November, born out of frustration with Johnson’s handling of Brexit and coronavirus, Scottish National Party (SNP) Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP announced a second independence referendum will take place next year. So talk of Scottish independence was already high on the agenda. But then Boris Johnson entered the fray to inadvertently give the pro-independence movement an extra bit of support. Because on a…

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We face a quiet threat to the independence of our elections. We must be vigilant

The Electoral Commission (EC) is soon to be reviewed by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Its independence could be under threat. And this means our democracy is also threatened. The last decade has seen Britain’s electoral landscape move from the cash for honours scandal, various expenses scandals, to the recent flurry of elections and referendums that have come under scrutiny with accusations of electoral fraud and dodgy campaign finances. It’s little wonder that public confidence in politicians and the election process is so low. But removing the independence of the EC will not instill greater confidence. The electoral commission needs reform, not abolition. The Canary will…

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