The independence campaigning group, Yes Orkney, has said that today’s ,23rd of November, ruling by The UK Supreme Court’s shows that Scotland is in an involuntary union and strengthens the case for independence.
The UK Supreme Court made its judgment today on whether or not the Scottish Parliament could pass a Bill to hold a referendum on whether or not Scotland wished to stay within the UK.
Yes Orkney will be hosting a rally on the Kirk Green in front of St Magnus Cathedral at 5.15pm today to mark the Supreme Court ruling, Wednesday, to which anyone who supports the case for independence is welcome. It is part of a series of rallies across Scotland and Europe under the Time for Scotland banner.
Click on this link to access the judgment: REFERENCE by the Lord Advocate of devolution issues under paragraph 34 of Schedule 6 to the Scotland Act 1998
Wednesday’s ruling that the Scottish Government’s proposed referendum bill does relate to reserved matters and therefore permission would have to be given by Westminster merely puts the question back into the political arena, according to Robert Leslie of Yes Orkney.
Speaking after the ruling, Robert Leslie said:
“It is clear that a law that doesn’t allow Scotland to choose our own future without Westminster consent has blown out of the water any notion of the United Kingdom as a voluntary union. In my mind this only strengthens the case for independence. No country should be able to be held in a union against its will, especially a country whose government has a mandate to hold a referendum on independence.
“Now that we see we are in an involuntary union by law, Scotland needs to take this to the next stage and show that our rights to self-determination are being infringed.
“While others make that case, Yes Orkney will continue its job of persuading folk that Scottish independence, building a new relationship with the EU as a fairer, more equal alternative to the chaos of the broken, Brexit-obsessed Westminster system.
“As Scotland suffers from the instability of the Westminster Tories, with their hugely damaging economic policies, an independent Scottish Parliament, making decisions about our future for ourselves, becomes more attractive by the day.
“The actions of successive prime ministers and chancellors in 2022 have done nothing but worsen the cost-of-living crisis, with more and more people in Orkney telling me that they have come to the conclusion that there is a better, fairer way forward for Scotland.
“Fundamentally, we can’t afford the cost of living with Westminster. It’s time for Scotland to choose a better future as a normal independent country, and I believe Orkney can thrive as part of that.”
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