Sir Tom Hunter has advised Scotland to postpone a second independence referendum, saying, “Not now.”
MILLIONAIRE SCOTTISH Due to the uncertainties created by Brexit and the epidemic, Sir Tom Hunter has advised Scotland to postpone a second vote.
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, has stepped up her efforts to push for a second referendum on Scottish independence by the end of 2023.
Ms. Sturgeon’s party, the Scottish National Party, struck a contentious power-sharing deal with the Scottish Greens, which included a promise to hold a second referendum “within the current parliamentary session.”
Last week, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack declared that if 60% of Scots wanted a rematch of the 2014 referendum, Boris Johnson would approve it.
He maintained, however, that such support would have to be proved in surveys over “a fair period of time,” and that he does not believe such support exists right now.
Sir Tom, a powerful Scottish businessman who did not officially support either the Yes or No vote in 2014, has urged Scots against a second referendum in 2016.
He also pointed out the SNP’s pro-European and pro-independence stances as hypocritical.
“I truly do believe it would be the wrong moment to bring up another independence referendum at this point,” Sir Tom told The Herald six days after the UK voted to leave the EU.
“I’m not saying never; I’m just saying not right now.
“We have enough uncertainty to deal with as it is.
“I don’t understand why the government wants to pull us out of one of our largest trade unions while keeping us in another.”
Sir Tom, who became Scotland’s first billionaire in 2007 before losing a chunk of his fortune in the financial crisis, also refuted assertions that Scotland’s overwhelming decision to stay in the EU bolstered the argument for independence.
“I honestly believe the opposite – with the uncertainty around Brexit,” he remarked.
“No one really knows what it will mean from a business standpoint.
“There will be so many problems to iron out that adding Scottish independence to the mix would be foolish.”
Despite the fact that the EU-UK withdrawal deal entered into force on February 1, 2020, after being signed in Autumn 2019, Sir Tom still believes it is not time for Scots to seek independence.
“We need big, ambitious industrial,” he said in the Daily Record in April of this year.Brinkwire Summary News