It’s time for Johnson and Starmer to respect Scotland’s democratic wishes

Westminster is taking a wrecking ball to the idea of the United Kingdom as a voluntary partnership of nations.

A Tory Government with just six MPs from Scotland, supported on this issue by Labour, is seeking to deny the democratic right of the people of Scotland to choose their own future.

In doing so, they are demonstrating beyond doubt that in place of a voluntary partnership they believe the UK is instead defined by Westminster control.

The case for a referendum is, therefore, now as much a Scottish democracy movement as a Scottish independence movement.

Even previous Tory leaders, from Margaret Thatcher to Theresa May, said they believed the UK was based on the consent of the people who lived in its constituent nations.

It is time for Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer to respect, not rubbish, the wishes of the people of Scotland and their democratically elected government – and to respect the pledge their parties signed after the 2014 referendum promising that nothing prevents Scotland becoming an independent country in the future should the people of Scotland so choose.

For 70 per cent of the time since 1979, Scotland has been governed by a Tory government we didn’t elect.

Enough is enough.

It’s time to restore basic democracy in Scotland to ensure people get the governments they vote for – and through independence, to build a proper partnership of equals between Scotland and our friends in the rest of the United Kingdom.

The power to build a better, fairer, independent Scotland is in your hands. Pledge your support for independence and get involved.