Ash Regan: ‘Gold Standard’ of choice for Scottish Independence

The Edinburgh Eastern MSP, which is one of three candidates running for the post of First Minister, has suggested the Scottish Government should start negotiations with Westminster over Scotland’s exit if the Yes parties vote in the next general election in the UK Kingdom received more than 50 percent of the vote The Union.

Ms Regan has proposed the strategy despite both Conservatives and Labor insisting they will not accept such a motion.

The former minister, who left Nicola Sturgeon’s government over gender recognition reforms, said her strategy recognizes that the UK government will not authorize a repeat of the 2014 referendum.

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Speaking on the BBC Sunday Show, Ms Regan said a de facto referendum “is the same as a referendum” in terms of “it’s the ballot box”.

She said: “It’s a perfectly normal way of testing the will of the public.

“My opponents in this competition are setting up a system where they will have an election based on independence and they will use that as what they call a ‘moral mandate’ to go back to Westminster and ask them again for another referendum.

“We know that won’t happen.”

Ms Regan added: “The London Government have made it very clear that they do not think they will agree to a referendum any time soon. So I don’t think that’s the right way.

“What Westminster is doing at the moment is preventing Scotland from expressing its democratic will. I think that’s not sustainable. I don’t think that’s credible.”

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The former Community Security Minister’s plan would mean that a majority vote for pro-independence parties in any future UK or general election would be grounds for starting negotiations for Scotland’s exit from the UK.

Ms Regan said her plan will be “set out clearly” before voters go to the polls.

“The people of Scotland would know what they would vote for, which is to bring the government in Edinburgh and the government in Westminster together to negotiate Scotland’s exit,” she said.

“Scotland would be very clear about what it is voting for, Britain would be very clear about what Scotland is voting for and the international community would be very clear about what Scotland is voting for.

“So I don’t think the UK Government doesn’t recognize Scotland’s democratic decision.”

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Ms Sturgeon has always insisted that a rerun of the first independence referendum is the “gold standard” for separation, but Ms Regan takes the opposite view.

Ms Regan said: “What I would like to suggest is that the gold standard here is not actually a referendum. The gold standard here is the ballot box.

“I propose that we cede power over when Scotland should become an independent country – that it has nothing to do with what Westminster thinks, it has nothing to do with what I think that’s a question for the people of Scotland.”

Earlier this week, Ms Regan was mocked for proposing an “independence readiness thermometer” which she says could be a physical thing showing how prepared Scotland is for independence.

She has stressed that the idea would give the public “confidence that Scotland is ready to take control of its own affairs”.

Ms Regan added: “The idea is that we build trust with the public by explaining to them what we are doing to prepare Scotland.

“That’s actually infrastructure — that would be things like planning the currency and organizing all those things.

“We want to have some kind of representation or reference, an index is probably a better way to explain that.

“The public and the media and anyone interested can see the progress we are making in building this infrastructure.”

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