As the party is being probed for fraud, the SNP has launched a “referendum for recovery” campaign.
THE SNP is pushing ahead with a campaign for a second independence vote based on the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports released late last night.
While authorities are investigating a fraud inquiry, SNP leaders have made their early arguments for a second separate referendum as a “Referendum for Recovery.”
Following claims that £600,000 paid to the SNP for Scottish independence campaigns was diverted elsewhere, Police Scotland opened an investigation last week.
The SNP denies the charges, but a spokesman said the party would help with the fraud probe.
After a pro-independence majority was voted in at the Holyrood election, a new dossier written by the director of the party’s new independence unit claims that another referendum on independence is “an issue of basic democracy.”
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister and party leader, stated that once the Coronavirus outbreak is finished, a referendum should be held by the end of 2023.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on the other hand, has ruled out a second referendum.
Michael Russell, the director of the Scottish Independence Unit, believes that the Prime Minister is attempting to “block the democratic right of the people of Scotland to decide our own future.”
He stated that Mr Johnson was “shifting the basic structure of the UK” from “a voluntary union founded on the idea of cooperation” to “asserting Westminster control over Scotland,” in laying out the case for a referendum.
As Scotland recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Russell warned that independence campaigning might be stepped up ahead of the party’s next virtual summit in September.
“Our case has to convey a relentless optimism and hope, anchored in fact, that shows how well an independent Scotland could thrive once it is out of the UK union,” Mr Russell continued.
“This summer, let’s harness all our positive energy into dialogues with the undecided,” he said, addressing SNP supporters and Yes voters of Scottish independence directly. Remember The momentum for independence will pick up again if each of us can persuade at least one No voter.
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The document, which was emailed to party members this week as Scotland’s former Constitution Secretary addressed leaders at the party’s National Executive Committee meeting on Saturday, has been published.
It comes after the party’s own Westminster MPs reported that the independence message had gone muted in recent weeks.
The message had “gone extremely silent on the independence front,” according to Joanna Cherry of Brinkwire Summary News.