50,000 Scots living in Wales could vote in Scottish referendum in Tory bid to stop result for Sturgeon
Conservatives want to give 50,000 Scots who live in Wales a vote in any upcoming Scottish independence referendum in a bid to swing the result in their favour.
According to the Times newspaper, one of the plans to stop Scotland voting for political freedom from Westminster will be to open up the referendum to Scottish people living all over the UK.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised a referendum before the end of 2023 and current polls show the result hovering around the 50% mark. However, allowing Scots who live elsewhere in the UK to vote would likely swing the result towards a ‘No’.
Conservatives also planned to make Ruth Davidson, the former Scottish Conservative leader who is due to enter the House of Lords later this year, to head up No 10’s ‘Union Unit’ to campaign for the United Kingdom.
“We know Sturgeon will start trying to force another referendum as soon as she thinks it is politically tenable again, so there are things we can and should do now to be ready for her,” a cabinet source told the Times.
“One thing is to open up eligibility of the vote to all Scots in the UK, not just those living in Scotland. The other is to bring Ruth back into the front line. She is the best pro-Union voice we have.”
It is not known on what grounds the Electoral Commission would be able to gauge the Scottishness of individuals living across the UK.