General Election 2017: Can SNP secure indyref2 majority?

Apr 19, 2017, 01:48
General Election 2017: Can SNP secure indyref2 majority?

LONDON, April 18 An early general election will help determine the future direction of Scotland, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday, as she seized on Theresa May's announcement to build her case for a second independence referendum. We would call upon Theresa May and all parties standing in the General Election to put their money where their mouth is and put precarious workers at the heart of their employment manifestos.

The party will go into this election saying they are the only one which will strongly oppose a second referendum on Scottish independence. Charities including Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women's Aid said they would not co-operate with the clause.

As well as hanging on to Mr Mundell's Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale constituency, the Tories are hopeful of adding the Dumfries and Galloway seat and Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk to create a Conservative stronghold along the south of Scotland.

Business for Scotland CEO Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp said: "Theresa May doesn't have a mandate for the hard Brexit her government is pursuing, so she is now seemingly asking for one".

She said: "Before Easter I spent a few days walking in Wales with my husband, thought about this long and hard and came to the decision that to provide that stability and certainty for the future, that this was the way to do it - to have an election".

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the upcoming general election would give voters a "significant and historic choice".

"In terms of Scotland, this move is a huge political miscalculation by the Prime Minister", said Sturgeon, whose Scottish National Party (SNP) is seeking a referendum on independence from the United Kingdom which May opposes. Our optimistic agenda is pro-UK, pro-EU and progressive. "We relish the opportunity to take on and defeat this Tory government".

"Ruth Davidson - who we were told was a different type of Tory - stood up and took a stand... not against poverty or injustice or the mistreatment of someone, but to justify the abhorrent rape clause".

The independent think tank published its latest policy paper as Scotland's First Minister and the UK Prime Minister are engaged in a stand-off over the prospect of another referendum.

"Moody's will assess the implications of the proposed election, should it occur, for those drivers as events unfold, including whether the election or its aftermath are likely to prove a distraction from the Brexit negotiations, given the limited time frame available".

"The polls are undoubtedly very challenging but as Jeremy Corbyn has said in the past we're on an election footing and has been on an election footing", Dugdale said. "We will avoid a disastrous hard Brexit and keep Britain united - Liberal Democrats are only party that can stop a Conservative majority across the UK".

As in Scotland, the referendum has exposed Labour's redundance, allowing the Leave/Remain and Left/Right paradigms to coalesce together behind the Right/Leave Conservatives and the Left/Remain Liberal Democrats. "We will stand up to the politics of hatred and division that is scarring our communities and give people across the country a chance to vote for a better Britain".