Nicola Sturgeon will deliver her first major address of the general election campaign today, claiming that an independent Scotland is “within touching distance”. Speaking at a pro-independence rally in Glasgow, Ms Sturgeon will tell her supporters: “A vote for the SNP is a vote to escape Brexit, and to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands – not Boris Johnson’s. “This election really is the most important one Scotland has faced in modern times. So much is on the line – people are completely fed up with the mess at Westminster.
“An independent Scotland is closer than it has ever been. It really is within touching distance. What is needed now is another clear win for the SNP to bring it even closer still.”
Jeremy Corbyn did not rule out granting permission for Scotland to hold a second independence referendum if he wins the election, but described it as not “desirable or necessary”.
As anticipation for the election grows, in a 2017 Daily Express report, political commentator Ross Clark brilliantly explained why Ms Surgeon’s bid for independence is doomed to fail.
Mr Clark wrote: “What makes her think that Scots will vote differently from how they did in 2014?
“I can see how that must have seemed a tempting belief just after the EU referendum when Scots voted Remain by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent. That 62 per cent, she reasoned, must be so annoyed by the English wrenching them out of their beloved EU that they will vote en masse to break up the UK.
“Yet there is scarce evidence they would do any such thing.”
The author noted that Ms Sturgeon cannot understand that some people who wanted Scottish independence do not share her image of a standalone Scotland alongside Belgium, Portugal and Estonia as one of the smaller EU members.
Moreover, he explained that it should not come as a surprise that many SNP supporters are anti-EU.
Mr Clark said: “The Europhilia of the SNP leadership only began in 1988. Prior to that the party was the most Eurosceptic of all those in Britain, campaigning to withdraw from what was then the Common Market in the 1975 referendum.
“At the time it called the Common Market a ‘dangerous experiment in gross over-centralisation’ – and that was before Maastricht, the single currency and many other power-grabs made by the EU.
“Many SNP supporters have never changed their mind on the EU and why would anyone expect them to?
“If you think London is too far away to make decisions on what happens in Edinburgh or Inverness it is logical that you should be even less inclined to like being ruled from Brussels.”
According to 2017 report “Euroscepticism and Opposition to British Entry into the EEC” by the French Journal of British studies, while former Prime Minister Edward Heath was negotiating Britain’s entry to the EEC, anti European sentiment in Scotland was indeed wat stronger than elsewhere in the UK.
The paper reads: “The EEC – the precursor to the EU – was presented as inimical to self-government, dangerous to the particular economic interests of Scotland and Wales in areas such as agriculture and fishing and as undemocratic and centralised.
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“One poll in 1971 suggested that 81 percent of Scots were opposed to EEC membership.
“The official SNP line reflected this eurosceptic mood in the country and it openly condemned the ‘English Parties’, Labour and the Conservatives, for seeking to force the Scots into a European grouping against their will.”
On June 5, 1975, British voters approved continued EC/EEC membership by 67 percent to 33 percent on a national turnout of 64 percent.
However, once again, Scotland proved to be more eurosceptic than the rest of the UK.
According to the French Journal of British studies report, the “‘No” vote for the UK as a whole was 32.8 percent.
In England it was 31.3 percent and in Scotland 41.6 percent”.
Published at Sat, 02 Nov 2019 11:52:00 +0000