SNP: Miklinski on plan to 'get rid' of Sturgeon's party
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Scottish Conservative councillor Tony Miklinski told Express.co.uk that if the SNP does not have a majority in Holyrood following the May 2021 election, they will not have a mandate for a second referendum on Scottish independence. Mr Miklinski added that this would be the first step in getting rid of the SNP altogether.
The Scottish Tory said: “The one overarching and critical aim is to stop them [SNP] from getting a majority.
“If the SNP does not have a majority they cannot claim the mandate for a second independence referendum, even an illegal one that does not have section 30 permission.
“What we want to do is repeat what we did last time and if possible improve on it.
“A repeat would be a huge achievement given the opinion polls of late, given the unparalleled access Nicola Sturgeon has had through her daily press coverage on TV.
“We are bringing it back now to a position where it is indeed realistic if not likely that we will be preventing her majority as a first step to getting rid of them altogether.
“This endless debate really does have to stop for all concerned.”
During the same interview, Mr Miklinski stated that an SNP attempt at holding an “illegal referendum” will make the party “look stupid”.
He stated that the UK Government will not give Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP permission to hold another referendum so soon after the 2014 public vote.
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The Scottish Tory added that if an illegal referendum is called without the permission of the Conservative Government then the SNP will be left “talking to themselves” as those opposed to Scottish independence would not participate in the vote.
Mr Miklinski said: “They know they will not get permission for a referendum and quite rightly, we have had one of those in 2014.
“So they have committed to their own faithful as a way of maximising support going into Holyrood that they will hold this referendum.
“This is just so irresponsible of them because they are presenting it as a credible alternative to a full referendum.
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“Now it is going to be an illegal referendum, the unionist vote will not turn up quite rightly.
“They will be left talking to themselves.
“Whether they think that takes them any closer to independence in the short to medium term I have no idea.
“I think it will make them look stupid.”
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