SNP urge Scottish Labour to ‘learn a thing or two from Mark Drakeford’ on independence
The SNP have urged Scottish Labour to “learn a thing or two from Mark Drakeford” and stop disregarding independence as a viable option for the country.
The First Minister of Wales had said that it would be “absurd” to rule out independence as an option as he launched the Welsh Government’s Constitutional Commission.
The new commission led by Professor Laura McAllister and Dr Rowan Williams will examine options for how the constitutional structures of the UK can be reformed.
“The terms of reference for the commission certainly allow for independence to be considered as one of these options,” Mark Drakeford said in the Senedd.
“It would be absurd, and I think that that was the word that Professor McAllister used, to rule out independence.”
But the SNP have seized on his comments in order to put pressure on Scottish Labour to end their blanket opposition to any further independence referendum for Scotland.
Fiona Hyslop, the SNP MSP for Linlithgow, said that Labour’s “hard-line unionism” was failing “not only the people of Scotland but their own party members”.
“Keir Starmer and Anas Sarwar continue to be out of touch with their own members in Scotland as a large chunk of them support the people of Scotland having a choice over their future,” she said.
“Whilst Labour in Scotland continue to fall into irrelevance, Labour in Wales have embraced democracy by acknowledging the right of the people to choose Welsh independence – Anas Sarwar could learn a thing or two from Mark Drakeford.
“If Labour continue to show unconditional support for Westminster control in Scotland then they will continue to slide even further into irrelevance.”
Mark Drakeford had however made it clear that he personally would be arguing that further autonomy within the UK would be his favoured option for Wales.
“If I have the opportunity, I will certainly give my evidence to the commission that entrenched devolution in a successful United Kingdom is the best constitution for Wales,” he said.
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