An independent country

Referendum not needed to achieve independence, says Joanna Cherry MP

Scotland could become an independent country without holding a second referendum.

Speaking at a fringe event at the SNP conference, Ms Cherry said: "Our aim is to make Scotland an independent country, but I would remind you that Scotland voted against that in 2014.”

She continued: “There has to be a democratic event, and I choose those words wisely.

“It doesn’t have to necessarily be a referendum, it could be something else, It could be a general election, but there has to be a democratic event.”

She added “We have to see how things develop, but it seems to me that the idea of a second vote on the EU is building up a head of steam, and that can be used to our advantage, it’s in our interests to keep the whole of the UK in the single market and the customs union.

“The chances of a general election could be used to our advantage because I think we would have a good chance of getting the Tories out of office. Labour will probably not win with an outright majority but they might be looking to a large - and a larger number than at present - of SNP MPs for support.

“We would ask for a high price for support, Stewart McDonald our defence spokesman is talking about getting rid of Trident, I’ve talked about saying a section 30 order would be the price of our support.”

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