Resetting Indyref2 – A Mistake or Calculated Choice?

So before I start on this blog post, let me make something clear.  This is a post about why I believe we have made a collective error in judgement by ‘resetting’ the legislative plan for Indyref2.

My thoughts are that I fear Nicola Sturgeon putting the legislative process to rest for a while regards Indyref2 is costing Scotland the opportunity to leave the UK behind financially post Brexit.

Scotland stands to gain so much by being independent (or at least recognised for having voted that way by the EU) before the UK officially leaves the EU.

If Scotland pushes ahead with an advisory referendum without a Section 30 order being granted by Westminster and votes for independence prior to the 2 year deadline coming to pass, the businesses looking to relocate may very well turn their eyes north.

It would also surely force the negotiations between the UK and the EU to become that little bit ‘muddier’, but not at the expense of Scotland.


Scotland is part of the British Isles, so moving is easy(ish) for businesses wishing to relocate, it has a highly educated workforce, excellent infrastructure and speaks English.  It is genuinely the best place to go if companies are looking to shift from a post Brexit rUK.  You could argue Dublin would be easy too, but for the sake of logistics, the M6 is easier than the Irish Channel.

Brexit, well an rUK Brexit, really is a huge financial opportunity for Scotland.

Theresa May said that ‘now was not the time’ for a second vote.  Frankly, it has nothing to do with her or the UK Government.  The Scottish people are sovereign, they are above the Scottish and UK Parliaments and it is they who decide what happens here.  The problem facing the Scottish Government is that both referendums, Indyref1 and Brexit, are incompatible.  Both go against each other in the way in which the Scottish Government should interpret the will of the people, however, there is no escaping one simple fact, Brexit is being forced on Scotland.

By resetting the plan for Indyref2, i suspect the Scottish Government have backed themselves into a corner.  The three unionist parties during GE17 gained/held their votes on the back of ‘Stop Indyref2’ and Brexit.  Nicola then effectively stopped Indyref2 – Now the problem for her is when to call it?  How can she possibly garnish public support for a second referendum without any legitimate way of measuring public opinion? Brexit was that way of measuring public opinion!

In my opinion, Nicola should have held her nerve and not succumbed to the unionist media after the General Election.  This is, in my opinion, another example of Scotland appearing to cower away with its tail between its legs.  People will say it is not and it is simply the Scottish Government trying to appease both sides but if this were reality, Nicola could have easily said that everything is still on track for Indyref2 and given the Brexit vote, it is only right that in the event of Independence we will immediately hold an EU referendum in Scotland prior to committing to anything regards EU membership – but the SNP believes in EU membership for Scotland.

So could Scotland pass legislation and hold an advisory referendum.  I believe so, and if one were held today i believe we would be over 50% Yes to leave the UK.

If Westminster were to not recognise the legitimacy of the referendum, the Scottish Government could surely appeal to the Supreme Court on the basis that Brexit happened because the people of the UK voted that way in an advisory referendum, so why should a Scottish advisory referendum be ignored?

Surely the Brexit referendum is the precedent here?

Many will not agree with my next sentence but that’s the beauty of debate, its optional, however, I believe that Nicola should, in the SNP’s autumn relaunch exercise her original plans for a second referendum prior to the 2 year deadline and announce a date for a second independence referendum.

I feel that achieving independence post Brexit will be harder.  There is the risk that people will become used to a post Brexit UK and on top of that, do we really believe that Theresa May will suddenly change her tune regards a second vote?  I suspect that the British media will hype up the need to make referendums illegal post Brexit, or potentially have the percentage required for constitutional change to be higher than 50%.

The media are trying their hardest to paint Brexit as a pretty fantasy that Scotland will ‘bask’ in.  But many of us suspect different.  The issue is whether or not Scotland falls for the rhetoric – Again!

Come on Nicola, I am sure you will have at least 45% of Scotland behind you. Set a date…let’s get it going!


3 thoughts on “Resetting Indyref2 – A Mistake or Calculated Choice?

  1. Nobody really knows how to do a Brexit, not the UK government, nor really the EU officials, so when the clock ticks down to zero and the final whistle goes, it will be a no-score draw, and the ref will have no choice but to allow extra time. Meanwhile, Oor Nikla can’t dare risk losing Indy Ref mk II, that really would be The End, she may have 45% behind her, but that just is nae enough, is it? All I can say is I’d hate to be in her shoes, with such a weighty decision in her lap, as they say, the buck stops with her. Enough to send the puir lassie grey before her time.

    So please, gie her a wee break. Adding to the pressure does nae help. Do you no think she kens whit its aa about? The last thing she needs is her ‘friends’ sniping from the sidelines.


  2. Marconatrix,

    Thank you for commenting. The problem i see with her position now regards Indyref2 is that she cannot call it without public consent. The union will not allow it. If she were to have held her nerve, we could be working towards a date and every passing day that another Brexit bad news story comes out, Scotland would be gaining ‘yes’ voters.

    As it stands we have been told its on hold – that choice was purely on the back of a ‘tory surge’ as portrayed in the media.

    It does bother me that we are not going to get another opportunity to guage public opinion on when/if to hold Indyref2, so when the announcement is made, the union will be all over it worse than before.

    My opinion is simply that Brexit is not going away, so why delay what has to happen? Scotland is over 50% yes, that i am sure of. I suspect Nicola is too, but is 51-51-53% a big enough margin to call it?


  3. “Scotland is over 50% yes, that i am sure of. I suspect Nicola is too, but is 51-51-53% a big enough margin to call it?”
    The UK was 52=48 for Brexit. and there is loads of negotiations, upheavals and horsetrading still to come, parties change sides and viewpoints.
    And its not clear after over a year, what kind of Brexit we are going to get. It may well be so watered down m you will not know if you are in the EU or not.
    Such serious change is hard for any democracy to manage.
    So quite why Scots who vote YES by majority in indyref2, will be any different, is not clear at all to me .

    If its a “HARD ” Brexit the affect on the UK may well be severe with currency collapse, food price rising, declining living standards ,
    social unrest .
    I would argue the people of Scotland will be less likely to vote YES in those circumstances as it would surely make the RUK economy worse?

    Indeed a fair portion of the YES movement , may delight in the “corrupt British establishment”, sinking into the mire. A great many Scots will take an opposite view, if the UK is under strain they will rally to their aid.


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