Alex Salmond

Self determination delayed, is self determination denied

Alex Salmond has said on the Andrew Marr Show that there had been a “sea change” in attitude towards Scotland in the European Union.

Mr Salmond added: “The Theresa May line - this is not the time or now is not the time - is not going to stand.

“Back in the day, I remember David Cameron telling me there wasn’t going to be a Scottish referendum but that didn’t last against the democratic wishes of the Scottish people and the Scottish Parliament and neither will the Theresa May line.

“It won’t necessarily crumble today or tomorrow or next week but over the next few months that line will crumble because no British prime minister can stand against the democratic wishes.

“Even Margaret Thatcher, for goodness’ sake, was prepared to acknowledge the right of the Scottish people to exercise self determination. Self determination delayed, like justice, is self determination denied and it just won’t stand politically. “My prediction is that the Theresa May position will crumble over time.”

“It’s a significant moment,” Mr Salmond said. “There’s been a sea change in attitudes towards Scotland.

“The British press always exaggerated the opposition to Scotland, that was part of the campaign, but there can be no mistaking now the friendship towards Scotland and the key thing of course is as Scotland has gained influence the UK Government has lost influence.

“If you’re withdrawing as the UK is from the European Union you’ve got very little credit and very little credibility across the entire continent of Europe.”

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