May begins Brexit tour amid battle to keep United Kingdom together

Ebony Scott
March 20, 2017

Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis wave after her speech at the Scottish Conservative conference on May 16, 1987.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said she was "furious that Sturgeon thinks my remain vote is a green light to independence". The narrative is that the nation is being suppressed yet again and disrespected by the latest incarnation of Thatcher. The Prime Minister was correct; now is quite clearly not the time.

On the economics of independence, just 13% of those surveyed thought it would make them at least £500 a year better off, 34% believed they would be at least £500 worse off, 28% said it would make little difference and 25% did not know. Will we keep asking until the SNP gets their way? "She's filled that void".

Nicola Sturgeon yesterday conceded she could be willing to wait until after Brexit for a second Scottish independence referendum after Theresa May told her "now is not the time". They are not even waiting to see what kind of Brexit deal the Government can achieve.

The Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times and LBC was conducted in the days after Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to push for a second referendum.

Ms Sturgeon has said she is determined to hold the ballot, setting out a timetable for it to take place between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Her deputy, Angus Robertson, repeated it.

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Ms Sturgeon said: "The starting point for consideration is that Scotland would use the pound".

"It would be outrageous for the Scottish Parliament to be frozen out of the process". Yet an independent Scotland might well mean a harder border with England, particularly if Scotland rejoined the EU. That was the one thing that then-British Prime Minister David Cameron and then-Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond agreed on: even a one-vote majority would settle the matter for a generation. She makes the classic Remainer mistake of supposing there will be a fixed outcome for Brexit - in her view, a "hard Tory Brexit". "It's important to remember that this isn't some big Coca Cola advert where everyone stands holding hands".

Earlier, Ms Sturgeon told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday that Scotland would seek to remain part of the European Union.

The point is that, in the course of the first referendum on Scottish independence, though 55 percent voted no, as opposed to the 45 percent who voted yes, a national consciousness was raised that is not going to sleep any time soon. Less than a year later, Labour was decimated in Scotland in the United Kingdom election as the SNP won all but three seats. Only the SNP gets to decide what the "voice of Scotland" is.

The standoff is in Sturgeon's DNA.

She will say: "To stand in defiance of it would be for the Prime Minister to shatter beyond fix any notion of the United Kingdom as a respectful partnership of equals".

But Mr Brown said: "It may come as a surprise to some people but trading with your nearest neighbour is the norm the world over, but the inconvenient fact for our opponents is that these countries who trade with their neighbours are in fact independent countries". Indeed, it was a central vibe among the roughly 2,500 delegates at the party's gathering in Aberdeen. Yet, just as they did in 2014, the pseudo-left groups are jostling for position as partners of the SNP and the most forthright advocates of "self-determination" for Scotland-supposedly as a staging post for a future "socialist Scotland".

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