Nicola Sturgeon offered three-step plan to force through IndyRef2

Alex Salmond outlines how Scotland can enforce Indyref2

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Alba party leader and lifetime pro-independence campaigner Alex Salmond has called on Nicola Sturgeon to seek cross-party support to push a second independence referendum through Westminster. The First Minister was dealt a devastating blow from the Supreme Court judges who ruled a second vote could not be held without the Prime Minister’s consent. However, Mr Salmond believes there is still a way forward with a three-step plan.

Alex Salmond told SVT News: “The first thing that should be done is not wait until next year to have a discussion about it. 

“It’s to get the majority of MSPs, the majority of MPs from Scotland who believe in Scotland’s right of self-determination to make a declaration to that effect.

“Summon an Independence Convention to challenge the idea that Scotland doesn’t have the right to decide. 

“And that would resonate, flung in the face of the London Government.”

The former Scottish First Minister said: “That would resonate very strongly internationally at the present moment and be a rallying call for the people of Scotland. 

“Secondly, the sort of popular agitation we saw in response to the Supreme Court should be embraced and not be a one-off when Scotland gets a kick in the teeth. 

“It should be something that’s part of a vibrant national movement. 

“Thirdly, the MSP, where there’s a majority for independence, mustn’t look like bystanders in this particular debate.

“They should be making initiatives, making declarations, as I said, perhaps even passing a bill which would withstand legal challenges.

“And then, you get to the position of what you do in terms of a democratic test.”

Alex Salmond argues that Nicola Sturgeon could use cross-party and popular support to pressure Westminster into greenlighting a second vote on Scottish independence. 

The SNP leader has fought for almost a decade to snatch a section 30 order, which would allow Holyrood to pass a referendum bill and hold a referendum in Scotland.

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But successive Conservative Prime Ministers have all rejected Ms Sturgeon’s request, saying the UK’s nations should strick together amid economic turmoil and now the Ukraine war. 

Nicola Sturgeon ended up taking the battle for independence to the Supreme Court where she hoped she could override Westminster and hold an advisory vote. However, the Supreme Court ruled against her reference on the ground a pro-independence vote would have pratical and legal effects on the union, making a referendum a reserved matter of the union. 

After admitting the ruling was a bitter pill to swallow, the First Minister announced she will set up a national executive committee to convene a special party conference in the new year to discuss and agree the details of a proposed de facto referendum. 

If the SNP decides to go down that route, Nicola Sturgeon could use a 50+ percent pro-independence majority in Scotland to put pressure on the Prime Minister and demand a section 30 order. However, the closest the SNP has got to 50 percent was in 2019 when the nationalists won 36.9 percent of the votes.

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