Despite the 51.8% of Britain’s who voted to leave the European Union on the 23rd of June, the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the SNP government could help to try and veto the decision by the democracy of UK citizens to leave the EU. She announced this in a BBC Sunday Politics Scotland programme.
After Scotland voted mostly in favour to remain in the EU, Ms Sturgeon has said that the people of Scotland have voted, clearly, to continue in membership of the European Union, with its attendant rights and responsibilities. It is her duty, she argues, to attempt to carry out that popular instruction.
What can Nicola Sturgeon do now? The BBC writer Brian Taylor (Scottish Political Editor) say’s ”She has said she will examine all options in consort with the European institutions and others to seek to secure continuing links with the EU for Scotland.”
”One of those options would be a second independence referendum – in order to allow Scotland to join/rejoin the EU in her own right, as a sovereign state.”
”But what about those other options? In particular, what about the suggestion that Ms Sturgeon might encourage the Scottish Parliament to seek to exercise a veto over the implementation of Brexit?”
Is a 2nd referendum possible?
Because the referendum was an Advisory one and not a permanent outcome, some rumor’s of a brexit blocking or a 2nd referendum, although a low chance of it occurring, could happen.
For example, The Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has also announced his parties intentions to keep on fighting for the UK to have EU status. Another helping hand for this is a petition with around 3.6 million signatures on it to trigger a 2nd referendum by UK citizens. The petition quotes:
”We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum.”
The 100,000 signatures needed for parliamentary debate has been hit, so we should see the petitions committee this week schedule a debate.
The former Labour Prime minister Tony Blair has also announced that a 2nd referendum could also happen.
Party support, petition support and former prime minister support suggests these rumor’s shouldn’t be taken lightly, as the only thing stopping the UK from a brexit is going against democracy and triggering article 50 which gets a two year brexit process underway. Rejecting democracy from an advisory standpoint can happen although frowned upon, and after recent polls and news suggesting people are already regretting there vote to leave the EU, who knows what could happen.
So what do you think? Will Scotland Veto a Brexit? Will there be a 2nd Referendum? Will you like another chance at voting after witnessing the consequences so far of UK the Brexit vote?
Comment Below YOUR views on the SNP veto, the potential 2nd Referendum and consequences of Brexit so far.