Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Emma Roddick has said that the UK Government must respect the mandate the voters in Scotland gave to the Scottish Parliament to call a referendum on Scottish Independence.
The MSP made the comments after the UK Supreme Court’s judgment that said that an independence referendum could only be held in Scotland with the permission of the UK Government. Permission which it has refused to give.
Commenting on the rallies across Scotland including in Orkney on the evening of Wednesday 23rd of November Emma Roddick said:
“It was fantastic to see so many turn out and make their voices heard in Orkney last night, particularly in the cold and wet conditions. It shows a real commitment and passion for the cause.
“Last May, the people of Scotland voted for another independence referendum and Westminster must respect that democratic mandate.
“The Supreme Court ruling is one that must be respected, but it has highlighted Scotland’s position in this union. The United Kingdom ceases to be a voluntary union when one member needs to gain the permission of another for the right to choose a different future.
“If Westminster does not grant permission for a referendum, then it must also outline what the democratic route is for Scotland to have a say on its future.
“In the meantime, the Scottish Government will continue to outline how Scotland can forge a path towards a better, fairer independent country away from the chaos at Westminster.”
Scotland did not vote for a referendum last may the SNP got more MPs but the majority of votes in the country when added up show more against than for SNP as a national count of the votes cast