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UK News Pro-independence parties tipped for big majority in Scottish election poll

23:05  04 april  2021
23:05  04 april  2021 Source:   news.sky.com

Douglas Ross: Pro-UK parties are ignoring elephant in the room

  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.

Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon are posing for a picture: Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are competing against one another in May's elections © PA Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon are competing against one another in May's 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, Nicola Sturgeon's SNP would win a narrow outright majority with 65 seats, the Scottish Greens are predicted to win eight seats, and Alex Salmond's new Alba Party are forecast to win six.

a group of people sitting at a table: The Holyrood elections are scheduled to take place in May © PA The Holyrood elections are scheduled to take place in May

These results would represent a disastrous setback for unionism, with one notable exception.

Salmond urges Sturgeon: Work with me again to secure independence vote

  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 MP George Galloway could be elected in the South of Scotland 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."

a man wearing a suit and tie holding a cell phone: Professor Sir John Curtice analysed the poll © PA Professor Sir John Curtice analysed the poll

The survey predicted the Scottish Conservatives would take 24 seats, Scottish Labour on 20, and the Liberal Democrats on five.

George Galloway wearing a hat: George Galloway is also running in the election © PA George Galloway is also running in the election

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 Minister Boris Johnson would 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

  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 and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage 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.

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