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It is a certainty! Drama because it emerges our assured independence referendum subsequent yr will go forward EVEN WITHOUT A SECTION 30 ORDER

As , I feel Nicola Sturgeon and the remainder of the SNP management don’t anticipate or intend to maintain their signed-in-blood “no ifs, no buts” promise of an independence referendum in 2023.  Nonetheless, the truth that they’re persevering with to ramp up expectations of what is going to most likely show to be a phantom referendum is an excellent factor, as a result of that makes it a lot tougher for a reckoning to be averted.  Tougher however not unimaginable, thoughts – the SNP management have a observe report of gratefully grabbing maintain of any large information story that randomly comes alongside as an excuse for additional delay.  However the chances are the rank-and-file SNP membership will go into subsequent yr within the real perception {that a} referendum is imminent, and meaning the management should issue within the hazard of mass disillusionment – and maybe mass defections – if members later really feel they have been ‘had’.  So, on the very least, the management are going to must make it appear like they made a severe and credible effort to ship a referendum and had been unexpectedly thwarted by forces outwith their management.

And that may now not imply merely asking for a Part 30 order, pretending to be shocked when Boris Johnson says no, after which saying “that is completely unsustainable, vote SNP but once more in 2024 to inform Boris Johnson that he’s doing one thing completely unsustainable”.  To Nicola Sturgeon’s credit score, she has lastly launched us from the Part 30 entice, and says {that a} referendum can go forward with out the permission of London Tories.  So the failure of Johnson to reply to a Part 30 order will now not be a suitable excuse for inaction.  What Sturgeon has not carried out, although, is launch us from the “legality” entice – she’s nonetheless drawing an completely bogus distinction between a “authorized” and a “non-legal” referendum.  (In actuality, the UK shouldn’t be Spain and there’s no such factor as an “unlawful vote” right here.  There are actually votes that haven’t any authorized standing or recognition, however that does not stop individuals from organising them.)  So the excuse for a scarcity of a referendum subsequent yr is now extra prone to be authorized in nature – “we tried, however we underestimated the conservatism of the Supreme Courtroom, we will do no extra for now”.  

And, sadly, there may be most likely nonetheless sufficient goodwill in the direction of Sturgeon among the many SNP membership that they might settle for that as a ok excuse in the interim.  However such a sequence of occasions would nonetheless transfer us ahead, as a result of after a defeat within the Supreme Courtroom any additional discuss of holding a referendum would then be seen as a useless finish (barring one thing inconceivable corresponding to a post-election take care of Starmer), and the controversy would transfer on to the timing of a plebiscitary election.  Pete Wishart would hate it, however that is the place the dialog would go.  So, on the entire, right now’s occasions are a constructive improvement.


There are simply 205 days till the earliest doable date for #Referendum2023 (fifth January)

There are simply 555 days till the final doable date for #Referendum2023 (twenty first December)

(Be aware: the Countdown Clock calculations assume that custom will likely be maintained by holding #Referendum2023 on a Thursday, and that will probably be earlier than Christmas.)



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