UK News Pro-independence parties tipped for big majority in Scottish election poll
Douglas Ross: Pro-UK parties are ignoring elephant in the room
The Scottish Conservative leader wants the parties to join forces in an attempt to reduce the chance of pro-independence taking seats.The Scottish Conservative leader wants the parties to join forces in an attempt to reduce the chance of pro-independence supporting candidates taking seats in the Holyrood elections.
Supporters of Scottish independence look set to win a big majority in next month's Holyrood elections.
The latest Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times suggests that pro-independence parties could win 79 of the Scottish Parliament's 129 seats come the 6 May vote.
With nearly half of the constituency vote,SNP would win a narrow outright majority with 65 seats, the Scottish Greens are predicted to win eight seats, and 's new Alba Party are forecast to win six.
These results would represent a disastrous setback for unionism, with one notable exception.
Salmond urges Sturgeon: Work with me again to secure independence vote
Johnson has consistently refused current First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s calls for a second Scottish independence referendum. But Mr Salmond said that if a “super majority” of pro-independence MSPs are elected to Holyrood, a range of options would be available to those who want to take Scotland out of the UK.He suggested Scotland could organise its own referendum in those circumstances, with other options including legal action against the UK Government over its refusal to allow such a ballot.
While Labour and the Conservatives look likely to fall back, maverick former MPcould be elected in the South of as a unionist for All for Unity.
Writing in The Sunday Times, polling expert Sir John Curtice from University of Strathclyde said: "Alba is appealing to a section of the nationalist movement that wants a rapid timetable for indyref2 and which still admires Salmond."
The survey predicted the Scottish Conservatives would take 24 seats, Scottish Labour on 20, and the Liberal Democrats on five.
Panelbase surveyed 1,009 adults in Scotland between 30 March and 1 April.
If the SNP do win an outright majority, and pro-independence parties dominate the Scottish Parliament, Prime Ministerwould be under huge pressure to accept that they have a democratic mandate for a new vote on independence.
Salmond: Route to independence should not be ‘pigeon-holed’ into a referendum
Alba Party leader Alex Salmond said the Scottish Parliament should start negotiations on independence with Westminster.The leader of the newly formed Alba Party said, if there is an independence supermajority in Holyrood after this election, the parliament should instruct the Scottish Government to start negotiations with Westminster.
But Alex Salmond's apparent political comeback isn't just being driven by the constitution.
Former UKIP andParty leader told The Times this week: "We are very similar, Alex and I."
Mr Farage said it could be a "game changer" if Mr Salmond aimed to align an independent Scotland to a UK single market, rather than the European Union.
In a country that voted overwhelmingly Remain it was, perhaps, an unwelcome endorsement - Mr Salmond was quick to say that he’s "no Farage". But his endorsement does hint at something else going on in Scottish politics.
Some Conservative activists have picked up leakage of their support to Mr Galloway's robust unionism and, wait for it, Alba. In both cases, it is what one insider described as the "angry white men of a certain age vote".
It's a reminder that, even in Scotland, not everything is about the constitution.
One of the most bitter dividing lines in the SNP has been over trans rights, with those who support Mr Salmond tending to be sceptical of what they see as "the wokerati".
If he returns to the Scottish Parliament, the former first minister might back his successor Ms Sturgeon over independence - but he could also prove to be her most difficult opponent.
Alba Party proposals for immediate independence talks not credible – Sturgeon .
Nicola Sturgeon said leaving the UK must be a ‘legal, legitimate process’.Mr Salmond is hoping his new Alba Party can help see a so-called “supermajority” for independence elected, believing this can lead to the start of discussions with Westminster for Scotland to break away from the rest of the UK.