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Achieving independence has never been more important – Scottish First Minister

03 Jun 2023 1 minute read
Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf. Photo Lesley Martin

There has “never been a more important time” for Scotland to become independent, First Minister Humza Yousaf has declared.

Mr Yousaf was speaking before taking to the streets of his Glasgow Pollok constituency on Saturday as he attempts to make the economic case for independence – frequently seen as one of the toughest sells for the Yes movement.

The First Minister said: “There has never been a more important time for the people of Scotland to seize the opportunities of independence and escape Westminster.

“The current UK political system is broken and has failed to support people in Scotland during a Westminster cost-of-living crisis.

“On top of the damage being inflicted by cruel Westminster policies, the Tories are undermining the Scottish Parliament at every opportunity and Labour are sitting on their hands – the SNP is the only party prepared to stand up and defend devolution.

“Today, I’ll be taking the SNP’s positive vision for an independent Scotland built on the principles of a wellbeing economy that puts working families first – rather than big business – where our democracy is protected and strengthened.”


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Vivian O’Blivion
Vivian O’Blivion
10 months ago

“independence has never been more important”
”defend devolution”
Contradictory witterings fae the man without a plan.

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
10 months ago

What would be your plan then? Do you think the Scottish Govt should sit back & continue to let London reign in the powers back to WM?

A.Redman
A.Redman
10 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Not one household in Scotland received any money to help with fuel costs?🤔

Wynn
Wynn
10 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Well, part of the plan could be to go for independence. The SNP have had eight years to come up with a plan. I mean it’s not that difficult even Nicola Sturgeon finally realised the only route to independence was the same one Thatcher mentioned back in the eighties.

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
10 months ago
Reply to  Wynn

So, what is it then? I notice fatman Salmon has no plan for indy? (or much else!)

Frank
Frank
10 months ago

Go for it and good luck. Cymru should go for it too.

Geraint
Geraint
10 months ago

At the referendum the ‘vow’ promised devolution on steroids. The reality is that Westminster is now interfering in a glass recycling scheme. The Unionists just can’t give power to Scotland or Wales and let us decide on what we need. Time to leave.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
10 months ago

Yes, the SNP has recently faced tough times regarding Nicola Sturgeon & husband , who I must add, have not been charged with any crime and under Scottish law are innocent until proved guilty. In 2014 during the fiasco what was the Scottish independence vote where treacherous Labour, as done in 1979, linked arms with the English fascist Tories & Ukip to lie through their teeth to stop Scots from voting yes to independence. And only three days before the vote and out of the blue promised Devo-max and stated a no vote would ensure Scotland as a constituent part… Read more »

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
10 months ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Whilst I agree, I would side with the other posters who are calling for a Plan. Remember that English Brexit was ‘Independence’ without a plan. For Scotland and Wales the Plan will be a lot more difficult because it requires negotiation with an untrustworthy English Government at the same time as persuading the EU that we wish to join ASAP. Indeed what we would need is simultaneous independence and joining of the EU with no gaps in between. The EU might well be reluctant to let Cymru join because of two key points. Unlike Scotland a majority here voted for… Read more »

Rheinallt morgan
Rheinallt morgan
10 months ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

Think hospitals

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
10 months ago

The U K in my mind will break up within the next 10 years lets look at the 4 countries Northern Ireland Sein Fein are now the biggest party there their Goal a UNITED IRELAND . Scotland the S N P have had setbacks lately but they will achieve their goal of independence it will take a wee bit longer as my Friend from Scotland says Wales people are now waking the nearest it comes to our beut up to what the English political establishment think of us H S 2 Billions paid to Scotland and Northern Ireland to compensate… Read more »

Action Plan for Scotland
Action Plan for Scotland
10 months ago

Scotland has 3 things that no other country has from being under the British Empire. Declaration of Arbroath [Making the people of Scotland sovereign] The Act of Union – Scotland and England’s agreement on parliament James VI / James I – Scottish monarch that merged with England. First and foremost, Scotland is held politically hostage by Westminster, however Scotland does not need the sovereignty of any crown to uphold a constitution of its people for its people are sovereign as per the Declaration of Arbroath 1320. So, In order to leave the hostage situation, Scotland should invest in international lawyers… Read more »

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