The Scottish Parliament has this evening voted in favour of holding a referendum on Scottish independence.
Given that the majority of MSPs support independence it would be quite incredible if the motion calling for an referendum wasn’t passed. However, this doesn’t change much with regard to the public having their say.
The chance of a referendum happening increases as support for independence grows
As we know the UK Prime Minister wrote to the First Minister in January refusing to transfer the power to hold referenda to Holyrood. A Section 30 Order is the best route towards a referendum but there’s work to be done before it will even be considered by Westminster.
We must use this time to build support for independence. The chance of a referendum happening increases as support for independence grows, so we need to use this time to engage with the public and build support.
We can’t wait for a referendum to start campaigning
This is exactly what our campaign seeks to do by speaking to people about their ideas of a Scotland for Everyone, a Scotland that works for me, you, your community and everyone across the nation.
Voices for Scotland is here to make that happen by facilitating these discussions all across the country and help you to have your voice heard.
We can’t wait for a referendum to start campaigning, now is the time to have conversations about what an independent Scotland will look like.
We need this time to plan for the country we want to be so that when a referendum does happen the public feel informed, engaged and confident about the decision they are making.
Allan Whyte, Campaign Organiser