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SNP MSP says election win 'could be independence mandate'



SNP MSP says election win 'could be independence mandate'

'An SNP victory in the next Scottish Parliament election could give the party a "mandate for independence", one of the party's senior MSPs has claimed.

Alex Neil said winning the election in 2021 would potentially allow the SNP to begin independence negotiations.

But he stressed this would only be the case if the UK government continued to refuse consent for a referendum.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says a legal referendum is the only way for Scotland to win independence.

She wants to hold one next year - but the UK government has already said it would refuse to grant a Section 30 order, which provided the legal basis for the 2014 independence referendum.

Some activists and elected representatives within the SNP and wider independence movement believe Ms Sturgeon is being too cautious, and have called on her to set out a so-called Plan B.

They include SNP MP Angus MacNeil and Inverclyde councillor Chris McEleny, who have argued that the party winning a majority of Scottish seats in an election would be enough for independence negotiations to begin with the UK government.

Others activists have called for an unofficial referendum to be held, similar to the disputed one in Catalonia in 2017.'

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