It is important to realise that the UKSC is not being asked to rule on whether we can have a constitutional referendum. The court is being asked only to rule on whether we can have a “consultative and non-self-executing” referendum. A referendum that cannot lead to independence because it has no direct legal consequences. It does not connect to any action by which our independence might be restored.
If the UKSC rules that we can have this pretendy referendum, Scotland’s cause is no further forward. If it rules that we can’t have this pretendy referendum this necessarily implies that we will not be permitted a real referendum with actual legal consequences. So we are right back where we are now. It really is a pointless exercise.
The only way – and I do mean the ONLY way – a proper constitutional referendum can happen is if it is authorised by and conducted under the auspices of the Scottish Parliament. This means the Scottish Parliament must acquire the necessary power to authorise and legitimise a constitutional referendum. The ONLY way for the Scottish Parliament to acquire that power is by taking it. By asserting it.
We will only get to fully and properly exercise our sovereignty when we have dissolved the Union and restored our independence. We can only restore our independence by exercising the right of self-determination that is bound up with the sovereignty of Scotland’s people. We can only exercise our right of self-determination conclusively in a legitimate constitutional referendum. Only the Parliament we elect possesses the democratic legitimacy necessary to authorise the exercise of our right of self-determination. The Scottish Parliament can only authorise and legitimise a constitutional referendum by doing something that the British state will always deem unlawful. Ergo, we will only restore Scotland’s independence by means of #ScottishUDI.
The choice is not between #ScottishUDI and something else. There is nothing else. The choice is between girding our collective loins for #ScottishUDI or forsaking Scotland’s cause. I am not about to do the latter. I am bound to do the former. Others must decide for themselves.
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