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Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales said that no government or party should stand in the way of a fresh Scottish independence referendum. Mr Drakeford said: “I am very clear that if a population in Scotland, or indeed in Wales, wanted to hold a referendum, it is for the people of Wales and the people of Scotland to make that decision.
“No Labour leader should argue that the component parts of the United Kingdom can be prevented from navigating a future for themselves.
In her programme of proposed legislation announced earlier this week, the Scottish First Minister set out a Bill setting out the proposed terms and timing for a second independence vote, as well as the question that could be asked, will be put before the Scottish Parliament in advance of the Holyrood election.
Ms Sturgeon asked Boris Johnson to grant the powers needed to hold another independence vote after the SNP won 48 seats in December’s general election.
But the Prime Minister rejected the request and he has repeatedly said since that he will not permit one.
This was despite a poll last month putting support for independence as high as 55 percent, while June and July polls registered 54 percent.
But another poll this week revealed that 63 percent of voters expressing a definite opinion believe Scotland will vote Yes to independence.
The Panelbase poll, conducted by Business for Scotland, also found that 60 percent of voters expressing an opinion agree that a pro-independence majority at next year’s Holyrood election has the right to call an independence referendum.
At the same time, the former leader of the Scottish Labour Party has said “there will unquestionably be a second independence referendum” if the SNP win the Scottish Parliament election next year.
Speaking at an event in her new role as Director of the John Smith Centre for Politics and Public Service, Kezia Dugdale said: “They [the SNP] are likely to have a majority in a Parliament which is not designed to produce majorities and a by-product of that is that there will unquestionably be a second independence referendum.
“If you look at current independence referendum polling there has been a considerable shift from No to Yes, around five or six percentage points in the last six months.
“And when you dig into who those people are, they tend to be people who voted No last time, that are under the age of 40, that consider themselves to be centre-left when it comes to social policy but want to own their own home, value their pension, want a nice holiday and a car in their driveway.
“And all the arguments around economic security that made them vote No last time have been quashed by Brexit, because they are all predominately remain voters who feel very aggrieved by Brexit.”
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Keith Brown MSP, depute leader of the SNP, told Express.co.uk: “With majority support for independence growing, it is clear that Tory attempts to deny the people of Scotland a choice over our future are not only undemocratic but also completely unsustainable.
“These comments from the former Scottish Labour leader and the Labour First Minister of Wales demonstrate the reality that if the SNP win the Scottish Parliament elections next year, people in Scotland will have the opportunity to choose our future in a fresh independence referendum – instead of having Westminster impose its Tory Brexit future on Scotland against our will.
“Scotland has been completely ignored by Westminster throughout the Brexit process, we’ve had a decade of Tory austerity cuts, and now we face a power grab under Boris Johnson’s plans to roll-back devolution.
“It’s no wonder that support for independence is growing across every part of Scotland.
“It’s clearer than ever that the only way to properly protect Scotland’s interests and our place at the heart of Europe is to take our place as an independent country.”
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