Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to make an announcement on Scottish Independence tomorrow (Friday 31st January 2020).
Solidarity is calling on her to use that opportunity to name a date for a second independence referendum.
On the day that Scotland is being dragged out of the EU against its will, Solidarity is calling for an independence referendum to be held in September 2020.
Tommy Sheridan, Party Convener said: “The campaign for Scottish independence has reached a critical stage.
“Since the last referendum in 2014, the SNP has won 5 elections – 3 UK General Elections, 1 Scottish Parliament Election, and 1 EU Election, giving them a clear mandate by the Scottish people to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence, that has been reaffirmed and reaffirmed. On top of that, in March 2017, the Scottish Parliament agreed that Scotland should have another referendum on independence.
“This week the Scottish Parliament agreed for a second time that another referendum should take place. On the same day, the Referendums (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent, which puts into law the Scottish Parliament’s right to hold referendums.
“The Tories claim that with 43% of the vote in England and Wales, that they have a mandate for Brexit, but with the SNP having 45% of the vote in Scotland, they don’t have a mandate to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence! This is clearly nonsense!
“It merely exposes the fact that the Tories are not interested in recognising basic democracy and we certainly shouldn’t have to ask Westminster permission for something that is our democratic and inalienable right. The right to self-determination is a human right and we must claim that right.
“In Scotland, the SNP received 45% of the vote; Labour received 18% of the vote and the Greens received 1% of the vote. All 3 parties, collectively representing 64% of the vote in Scotland, agree that the democratic will of the Scottish people must be recognised and that a second referendum must take place.
“So we call on Nicola Sturgeon to exercise her mandate, to utilise the new legislation on referendums and to recognise the will and Sovereignty of the Scottish People and NAME THE DATE”