ALBA MP LAUNCHES SCOTLAND (SELF DETERMINATION) BILL
ALBA MP LAUNCHES SCOTLAND (SELF DETERMINATION) BILL SCOTS MUST HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN FUTURE “IF DEMOCRACY IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR NORTHERN IRELAND THEN WHY NOT SCOTLAND?” SAYS HANVEY ALBA Westminster Leader Neale Hanvey MP will introduce and speak to the Scotland (Self Determination) Bill on Wednesday 1 February in the House of Commons. Launching his Bill todayContinue reading "ALBA MP LAUNCHES SCOTLAND (SELF DETERMINATION) BILL"
ALBA MP LAUNCHES SCOTLAND (SELF DETERMINATION) BILL
SCOTS MUST HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN FUTURE
“IF DEMOCRACY IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR NORTHERN IRELAND THEN WHY NOT SCOTLAND?” SAYS HANVEY
ALBA Westminster Leader Neale Hanvey MP will introduce and speak to the
Scotland (Self Determination) Bill on Wednesday 1 February in the House of Commons.
Launching his Bill today (Monday) Mr Hanvey will contrast the “hypocrisy and double standards” of a UK Government which has committed to a legal and consented referendum in the case of Northern Ireland and yet continues to deny the right of the Scottish people to exercise their right to national self-determination. This is despite successive electoral mandates having been given by the Scottish people to their elected representatives in the Scottish Parliament, with the most recent mandate being renewed in the Scottish Parliament Election in 2021.
The Scotland (Self-Determination) Bill would, if passed, transfer the Section 30 power, in the Scotland Act 1998, from Westminster to Holyrood. The Bill provides “that that power may only be exercised where the Scottish public has demonstrated its support for the holding of such a referendum” and “that no such referendum may be held sooner than seven years after the previous such referendum”.
In a statement Neale Hanvey MP said:
“My Bill transfers the Section 30 power, in the Scotland Act 1998, to legislate for a Scottish Independence Referendum, from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament. It is not a Bill in favour of Independence per se but rather about the Scottish people’s right to choose their own constitutional future. Therefore it is one which every democrat should support regardless of their view on Independence.
“The Bill is explicit that the power to hold a referendum can only be exercised where the Scottish public has demonstrated its support for the holding of such a referendum. That criteria has clearly been met in the successive mandates given by the Scottish people to their representatives in the Scottish Parliament.
“It establishes in law the principle, already conceded by the UK Government, in relation to a border poll in Northern Ireland, as set out in the Good Friday agreement, that any such referendum can only take place, after seven years has passed from any previous referendum.
“The UK Government and PM Rishi Sunak are guilty of hypocrisy and double standards when it comes to self-determination. If the North of Ireland can have a poll every seven years then why not Scotland?
“Why is the UK denying democracy in Scotland but not in Northern Ireland?
“Could the clue be in the fact that as former Prime Minister John Major agreed to in the 1993 Downing Street Declaration that the UK has ‘no selfish strategic, or economic interest in Northern Ireland’ whereas, in the case of Scotland, the opposite is true with our massive renewable energy resources set to be transmitted south?
“In presenting this Bill, I am taking the fight for Scottish Democracy, for our right as a nation to determine our own future, to the heart of Westminster. In doing so I am implementing the instruction given to me, by the voters when I was elected, to stand up for Scotland at every opportunity which is what every single Independence supporting MP should be doing.”
Well done Neale Hanvey, it will be interesting to see what the rest of Scotland’s Mp’s do, will they support this or will we find they have a convenient excuse? We can learn much from this move.
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