The local SNP government of Scotland unveiled 100 of its achievements, and individual members of Scottish society democratically enjoyed tremendous benefits and local government initiatives. Achievements such as launching a robust social security system, investing in free NHS, baby box, sustainable public services, the citizens’ assembly, keeping the council tax rate constant, the UK’s fairest income tax system, free tuition, and dozens of achievements and further success puts the country on the verge of taking steps towards Independence from Britain.
Tackling covid-19 to keep people safe in Scotland has been and will remain a top priority for the SNP. However, after the end of the epidemic in Scotland, the great national mission is to recover and rebuild. The Scottish National Party believes that the people living in Scotland should have the right to decide on their Independence.
Scottish Independence: An increasing demand
Scotland has been under British occupation for four hundred years. In 2014, when the first independence referendum was held, 55% of voters said no to their country’s Independence. Of course, the participants in the referendum never imagined that their country would soon leave the European Union with a majority of votes in Britain and Wales.
In recent decades, the European Union has provided significant development assistance to the Scotland. The aid has been vital to Scotland’s industries and infrastructure, especially after the catastrophic consequences of Thatcher’s privatisation policies for the area. It even led to widespread social ties, such as the union of the Scottish working class with the European Union. Demands for a Scottish independence referendum have risen in the wake of the Scottish National Party’s continued opposition to Brexit, which Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been pursuing for months.
Brexit and Scottish Independence
In the five years since the referendum on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, the Scottish National and Green parties, with their anti-Brexit policies and support for a second referendum, participated in the British Parliamentary and local elections and now believe in victory. They are forcing Scottish officials to work on their electoral plans by gaining most Scottish seats in national and regional parliaments. Numerous polls in recent years have shown that more Scottish people are now in favour of Independence, raising deep concern among Unionists who believe in Scotland’s continued membership in Britain.
An Independence promise
Nicola Sturgeon promised to hold another referendum on Independence and break up the United Kingdom after winning the parliamentary election. Given Scotland’s history of freedom, the victory of the SNP in the current election has doubled the importance of this issue. Disillusioned Scots, both Labour and Conservative, and dissatisfied with the election, now see the only way to make their demands for Independence come true. Speaking at the SNP Autumn Conference 2021, Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to hold an independence referendum by the end of 2023.” In the north-west of England, there is more equality, less poverty and more productivity,” she said. “This shows that independence has been effective in Denmark, Ireland, Austria, Norway and Finland.” She stressed: Democracy must be and will be. The referendum should be held by the end of 2023 after the coronavirus outbreak is under control.
Economic benefits of Scottish Independence
The possible Independence of Scotland is likely to lead to a rapid and sharp decline in the pound’s value. Scotland has a critical geopolitical position with more than five million people and regions that are strongly connected to Britain’s political and economic structure. Scotland’s exports to the rest of the UK are close to 50 billion a year.
Scottish Independence will also obscure Britain’s access to the North Sea oil and gas; the North Sea oil fields are of great importance to Britain and are a constant source of employment, tax revenue and British industrial production. North Sea oil injects about 60 billion in tax revenue into Britain. This will also have military consequences. For example, the convenient bay position to the west of Scotland, with access to the strategic Atlantic area, has led to British nuclear arsenals in the west of Scotland since 1998. Scottish Independence will obscure the position of these arsenals.
An independent Scotland, better off than Britain in terms of economic resources and rich oil and gas resources in the North Sea, will collect taxes from its citizens, form a new defence force, and remove British nuclear submarines from bases. It will withdraw its military and apply for EU membership. Under such circumstances, Britain will become more involved in domestic issues and crises and will undergo a declining trend.
What SNP leader talks about Scottish Independence
“The people of Scotland have the right to decide their future and ours, and that is a democracy,” Sturgeon said. The people who are best able to decide how to run Scotland are the ones who live here. Based on these principles, we believe that the people of Scotland should have the opportunity to determine whether Scotland is an independent country in a referendum at the end of the Covid Crisis. Give the Scottish people the right to choose their future in the independence referendum. Every year, we need to hold citizen assemblies to look at some of the more complex issues we face. To ensure that the voice of the future is heard, we create a citizens’ assembly for people under the age of 16. We incorporate all UN treaties into Scottish law within the powers of the Scottish Parliament.
Tackling Covid to keep people safe in Scotland has remained a top priority for the SNP. However, after the end of the epidemic in Scotland, our great national mission – as it will be for other countries – is to recover and rebuild. The Scottish National Party believes that these people live in Scotland (no matter where they come from – not Boris Johnson or any Westminster government), who should have the right to decide our country after the epidemic.
The people of Scotland should have the right to build Scotland on compassion, equality and love. This means the right to protect our healthcare system from Tory governments. The right to leave Brexit; the right to have an equal partner in a new relationship; better with our friends in the rest of the UK, and fundamental is the right to control our economic policy, to ensure security and to take advantage of our vast economic potential to create sustainable, high-quality jobs.
Baby box (full seismic), cancelling medical prescription, free tuition, the world leader in achieving climate goals, setting a record for spending on health care and 21,500 more employees in NHS, more police officers, the building or renovating 958 schools, expansion of free personal care to people under 65,cross-border railroads and crossings, keeping the council tax rate constant, free meals for all P1-P3 groups, the fairest income tax system in the UK, the first country in the world to make health products accessible for all students, support for small businesses, 97,000 affordable homes delivered ,600 hours of free child care – expanding to 1140 hours, Aberdeen bypass and double the A9 entrance to Perth area, free bus crossing protection, world leader in alcohol pricing, leading Europe towards LGBT equality, leading in the UK region with fair pay, an increase in international exports by 63%, and voting at the age of 16 in Halle Road (Parliament) and council elections are among the outstanding SNP achievements in Scotland.
It is clear to the SNP that a referendum must create Independence and, therefore, be accepted as legal and constitutional at home and abroad. Before any referendum, it will be necessary to ensure that the Scottish people have the information they need to decide their future. The fact is that Westminster is leading Scotland in the wrong direction. A new Scotland can be held for everyone who lives here based on righteousness, equality, compassion, security, happiness, and love by taking control of their future. That is why “the future of Scotland must be in the hands of Scotland.”
What Scotland’s independence gains: the right to decide on Scotland’s future, better democracy – empowering the Scottish people to lead the country, better government – a government by the Scottish people vote not Westminster governments, free and public health services guaranteed, control of Scotland’s economy and resources, a fairer social security system, withdrawal from Brexit, equal participation with the rest of the UK and Europe, Scottish money spent on Scottish priorities – not nuclear weapons, and protecting the Scottish Parliament against the power of Westminster.