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Independence Referendum

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd March 2017.

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Photo of Alexander Burnett Alexander Burnett Conservative

I note the comment, but I think that if the people of Scotland want 10 years of austerity max, that is what they will get with another referendum.

Why let facts get in the way of a good grievance? As one commentator put it, if the SNP won the lottery, it would moan about the price of a ticket. It is not up to SNP members when we have referendums: they are not Scotland; they have no majority; and they have no mandate. No, they will get this vote through Parliament tonight only thanks to the Greens—a party whose candidates collectively got fewer constituency votes than I did in Aberdeenshire West. The Greens are another party with no mandate for a referendum but which will blindly follow the SNP where directed. Will Mark Ruskell be happy to see the end of renewable energy subsidies, which are funded by consumers across the whole of the UK? Will Ross Greer be happy to see austerity max?