Can Scottish National Party (SNP) provide a fairer, greener independent economy to help people live happy, healthy, fulfilling lives? Will SNP damage the Scottish people’s welfare with its attempts for independence? Will London’s government give up control of Scotland? What are London’s levers for preventing Scotland’s independence?
Can SNP provide a fairer, greener independent economy?
SNP says that Brexit has been a big mistake. It has damaged the economy of the whole UK, including Scotland. For this reason, SNP and supporters of the independence referendum insist on separation from the UK. SNP believes that Scotland’s break from the UK can provide a more robust economy (SNP). There are two facts that we should mention here.
First, SNP and no other governments in Scotland can improve this country’s economy through independence. SNP and pro-independence people must stop their disobedience. London’s government, under the command of the Royal family, can make the best economic decisions.
Second, undoubtedly, Brexit has damaged the economy of the UK. Scotland is not independent and has no right to complain about the economic crisis. Scottish politicians do not have the right to make decisions for their people. The Royal family of the UK has the right to decide for the whole UK, including Scotland.
Will London’s government give up control of Scotland?
Scotland has been part of the UK for more than 300. Scottish people do not have the right to get independence from the UK. As Liz Truss said in her premiership campaign, the best thing to do is to ignore the attention seeker Nicola Sturgeon (Sky News).
Scotland’s Parliament in Holyrood is semi-autonomous. Therefore, it does not have the legal authority to hold an independence referendum without the consent of the Parliament in Westminster. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has told the House of Commons that the Scots should ditch their obsession with separation and focus on other concerns (Foreign policy). SNP and supporters of Scotland’s independence must remember that Governance over Scotland belongs to the Royal family and London’s government. Thus they must stop thinking about an independence referendum.
What are London’s levers for preventing Scotland’s independence?
The royal family has at least three levers to prevent SNP and pro-independence Scottish citizens from separation from the UK. The levers are the UK Supreme Court, Westminster MPs, and Scotland Act 1998.
The UK Supreme Court
Knowing that the Supreme Court is a United Kingdom body is essential. It is legally separate from the England and Wales courts. Moreover, it is the Supreme Court of both Northern Ireland and Scotland. Thus, it falls outside of the remit of the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.
As Jacobin says, the UK Supreme Court has blocked an effort to hold a new referendum on Scotland’s independence. The setback has revealed the limits of Nicola Sturgeon’s strategy, which directed the independence movement’s radical energies to a dead end.
According to the Guardian, Sturgeon confirmed that the SNP would run the next general election as a “de facto referendum”. Sturgeon said this after the Supreme Court’s decision. The Supreme Court decided that her government could not legislate for a second independence.
According to Jacobin, On November 23, 2022, the UK Supreme Court ruled that the SNP government did not have the legal power to hold a referendum on Scotland’s independence from the UK without the explicit consent of Westminster MPs.
An SNP MP has criticised Sturgeon’s plan to use the next general election as a de facto referendum on independence. Stewart McDonald believes the move will not deliver freedom. He urged SNP to get the majority support for independence to force London’s government to agree to a referendum. The SNP will hold a special conference on March 19 to decide its strategy (BBC). The SNP must not get the chance for an independence referendum even through Westminster MPs’ agreement. Scotland’s SNP must stop planning for the occupation of Scotland’s governance as it belongs to the Royal Family.
Scotland Act 1998
The Supreme Court’s president, Robert Reed, said its decision about the Scottish independence referendum was based on the Scotland Act 1998. The ACT led to the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh the following year. It affirms that any matter related to the constitutional integrity of the UK is “reserved” to the House of Commons. An independence referendum would have profound consequences for this integrity, Reed concluded (Foreign policy).
An independence referendum is outside the legal power of the Scottish Parliament. Moreover, The royal family owns the whole UK, including Scotland. Therefore, the SNP must obey the royal family and London’s government. SNP and Scottish people fighting for independence cannot take over the power in Scotland. London has powerful levers for preventing Scotland’s independence.