Here’s why Corbyn is right to say he’d allow Scotland another independence poll

Good politics: If offering Scots the chance to vote for another independence referendum allows this to happen, then by the time they get to vote, Scots may not want it.

Of course Jeremy Corbyn is right to support the words of his shadow chancellor, and to correct the leader of Scottish Labour. If Scotland wants another independence referendum, it should have one.

The principle behind this is very simple: Westminster should rule England and the other countries of the United Kingdom by consent.

Also, of course, if you’re the Labour leader it doesn’t hurt to offer your colleagues in other political parties – like the SNP, for example – something they want when you’re asking for their help with something you want, like support in a vote of “no confidence” against a Tory leader you both want to remove.

Am I right?

Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed he believes Westminster should not block a second referendum on Scottish independence, but said he opposed the breakup of the UK.

Corbyn implicitly endorsed remarks by his close ally John McDonnell last week where he said a Labour government would not obstruct a fresh independence vote if there was sufficient support for one in the Scottish parliament.

Holyrood cannot hold a referendum without being given the powers to do so by the UK parliament.

Source: Corbyn: Westminster should not block second Scotland poll | Politics | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “Here’s why Corbyn is right to say he’d allow Scotland another independence poll

  1. Zippi

    It does however undermine the premise of the last, being that it was dubbed a once in a generation vote.

    1. rotzeichen

      But that was under Cameron, and dare I say New Labour support, democracy has no boundaries and if Scots want to leave then in the long they will. I prefer to attack the problem of the Union through the mirror of peoples joint and mutual interests, rather than as now competing against each other.

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