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SNP “could withdraw” from the British Parliament if the independence referendum is not granted

The SNP could withdraw from British institutions, including the British Parliament, if Boris Johnson continues to block another independence referendum, a senior MP said.

Pete Wishart said Scotland is at the “turning point” with polls suggesting majority support for leaving the United Kingdom.

And in an article published today, he explained what could happen if the Prime Minister kept saying no to indyref2.

“If the UK refuses to participate in an agreed referendum in the face of majority support and a clear democratic mandate, we must assume that they have decided to release themselves from their obligations and responsibilities as a union partner”, Perth and North Perthshire MEP he has declared.

Wishart added: “We would therefore have reasons to try to guarantee our independence without their participation. This should result in a referendum planned in Scotland, in which a final invitation is offered to the United Kingdom to participate in order for the case to remain in the Union.” .

The veteran politician still wants an agreed vote like in 2014, but is frustrated by the British government’s refusal to commit. He said the EU could be asked to step in and sanction a formal vote as the Scottish government plans to return.

He added: “In addition to that, we should try to withdraw from the UK state apparatus and begin to informally acquire the responsibilities currently exercised by the UK.

“This could begin by withdrawing from the intergovernmental infrastructure that drives the management of the four UK nations. This could be intensified up to and including the participation of the institutions of the British Parliament. “

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil is among those in the SNP who argue that the majority victory in next year’s Scottish Parliament election should be taken as a reason to start negotiations with Westminster for Scotland to leave the United Kingdom.

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