Unelected Lord issues meddling warning to Boris on Scottish independence

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Lord Cormack said he believed Scotland will “almost certainly” become independent due to “the forces of English nationalism which seem to be a little too predominant in my party”. He also stressed the importance of the devolved Parliament at Holyrood, which was established in 1999.

Addressing the House of Lords, the Tory peer and former South Staffordshire MP added: “I was not, way back in the Seventies, an advocate of devolution, and I sometimes think that my fears have to come to pass.

“But the fact is, we do have devolution and we cannot ignore what we have, or we will truly endanger the future of the Union.

“That, we must not do.

“We cannot ride roughshod over what has now been established for some 20 years or more.

“And if we do, we will truly endanger the future of the United Kingdom.”

Lord Cormack also warned there was no “subject which should cause more concern or potential heartache to any member of [the] house than the subject of the future of the United Kingdom”.

He continued: “It would be a constitutional and political tragedy if, a decade from now, we had Northern Ireland broke away, maybe Wales, but almost certainly Scotland.”

He stressed the “seriousness” of what he called “this threat, this danger” to the Union.

Economist Andrew Wilson, who leads the SNP Growth Commission and who led the party’s vision of an independent Scotland in 2024, forecasts Scottish independence would occur in 2026.

He said: “We’re looking at the bulk of the process completed in the term of the next Scottish Parliament, by which I mean getting a vote, winning a vote, and securing the negotiations.

But he stressed: “We must remember that even our most bitter opponents will be citizens of an independent Scotland the day after [secession].

“The minute we win, our opponents have to become our allies.”

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Mr Wilson also expressed concern for independence polling and stressed: “What we’re hearing from polls is that independence isn’t yet the settled will, but it’s settling.”

However, Keith Brown MSP, SNP Depute Leader, claims Scottish independence has already become the will of the majority in Scotland.

He said: “Independence has now become the settled will of the majority of people in Scotland.

“Faced with the chaotic and incompetent government of Boris Johnson and a Westminster system which treats Scotland as an afterthought at best, more and more people are deciding that the best way forward for Scotland is as an equal, independent country.

“Already, the Westminster wall of opposition to a referendum has started to crumble.”

Mr Brown’s comments come as Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to support a second Scottish vote, highlighting how the first Scottish independence referendum was a once in a generation vote.

The latest polling for Scottish independence undertaken by IPSOS MORI revealed support for independence sits at 58 percent.

The poll also found a majority of people in Scotland (51 percent) feel Boris Johnson “definitely should” grant a new independence vote if the SNP win a majority of seats in May 2021.


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