To request a Section 30 order is to compromise the sovereignty of Scotland’s people. The sovereignty of Scotland’s people is not negotiable.
Sovereign people do not require permission to exercise their sovereignty.
Sovereign people do not require permission to exercise their democratic right of self-determination.
Sovereign people should not take lightly attempts to trade their sovereignty for some legalistic bauble and an easier life for those we elected to defend our sovereignty.
Requesting a Section 30 order is an affront to the very concept of popular sovereignty. It is, thereby, an affront to democracy. The requirement for a Section 30 order is an insult to the people of Scotland and a blatant breach of international laws and conventions.
Why is our First Minister intent on pandering to a requirement which is clearly unlawful and unenforceable? Why is our First Minister not challenging this requirement instead of submitting to it? Why is the First Minister willing to compromise the sovereignty of Scotland’s people by insisting that it is subject to the consent and approval of a British government we didn’t even elect?
Either we are sovereign, or the British monarchy / parliament is! If we are sovereign, we require nobody’s consent and approval to exercise our sovereignty. If our own political leaders concede our sovereignty, on what do we base or constitutional claim?
Committing to the Section 30 process is the most appalling political folly. Asserting that is is the only and essential ‘legal’ process by which Scotland’s right of self-determination may be exercised goes beyond political folly. What happens now when a Section 30 order is refused? What alternative course of action can Nicola Sturgeon fall back on having declared them all ‘illegal’?
And supposing a Section 30 order is granted, how will Nicola Sturgeon go about re-asserting the popular sovereignty that has been compromised? How will she respond when the British political elite sabotage the Section 30 process – as they certainly will, this being the only reason they would grant the Section 30 order in the first place.
When the Scottish Government compromises the sovereignty of Scotland’s people by requesting a Section 30 order they are giving a solemn undertaking only to proceed to a referendum when and if (a) the Section 30 order is granted; and (b) when there is an agreement between the two governments on all aspects of the referendum. How easy would it be for the British government to sabotage the negotiations for that agreement? They need only make one unacceptable demand. Is there seriously any doubt that they could and would do so?
No Section 30 order! No referendum! Section 30 order but no agreement! No referendum! And no alternative process because the First Minister has declared that ONLY the Section 30 process is legal.
Nicola Sturgeon is banking on the British political elite acting in good faith. She is gambling the entire independence cause on a process that is designed to thwart the independence cause. And, in the process, she is undermining the sovereignty of Scotland’s people.
This is not acceptable.
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