Once In A Generation My Ass…
We are sick and tired of hearing the same old pathetic, lame excuses from the UK government and it’s time to put this once in a generation myth to bed once and for all…
The request for a second referendum on Scottish Independence is based on Scotland being taken out of the European Union against the wishes of the Scottish Electorate, who voted overwhelmingly to remain.
The UK Government has stated that in 2014 Scotland voted to remain in the United Kingdom and that they will continue to respect that decision. However, all referendums in the UK are advisory and Westminster cannot use the 2014 result indefinitely as an excuse to overrule Scotland’s request to hold a second referendum, especially now, given the fact that so much has changed in such a short time. Plus, they have to take into consideration the fact that since the referendum in 2014, the people of Scotland have elected a government on a mandate of a second independence referendum and have twice returned a majority of Scottish pro-independence MP’s to Westminster.
It is also worth remembering that on the 04th of July 2018, the House of Commons endorsed the principles of the Claim of Right for Scotland, agreed by the Scottish Constitutional Convention in 1989 and then ratified by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, and acknowledged the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs. So given all that, it is absolute nonsense for anybody to suggest that a democratic country cannot go to the polls if a situation demands a response from the people.
So was it a “Once in a Lifetime” vote?
It may well have been a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for many, but nowhere in either the 2012 Edinburgh Agreement or in the 2013 Scottish Independence Referendum Act, does it mention a time scale for a second referendum, and there is certainly no reference to it being “once in a lifetime” nor is there any reference to a “promise that it would settle the issue for a generation” as has been stated in the official government reply to a number of parliamentary petitions.
Furthermore, chapter 2:18 of the 2014 report of the Smith Commission for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament stated “that nothing in this report prevents Scotland becoming an independent country in the future should the people of Scotland so choose”
Scotland cannot force the UK Government to allow a section 30 order, but in a democratic union there is no reason for such a request to be withheld. In a recent interview on the Andrew Marr show, Former Brexit Secretary David Davis MP when talking about brexit stated that “there is no other treaty in the world that I am aware of, where a sovereign nation undertakes to join up and can only leave when the other side says so”
The UK Governments continued refusal to grant an order to hold a second independence referendum, removes the democratic rights of the Scottish people to make any kind of decision regarding the future of Scotland, which not only contravenes article two of the United Nations General Assembly resolution 1514 (XV) but completely ignores Scotland’s claim of right and the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs.