Scotland’s right to choose

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South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed a Holyrood vote backing the right for Scotland to hold an independence referendum.

A majority of MSPs endorsed the right of the people of Scotland to have a say over their future.

Most Scots believe that the Scottish Parliament, rather than Westminster, should decide whether there should be an independence referendum.

A Survation poll published this month found that 61% of Scots believed the matter should be for Holyrood, with only 39% believing Westminster should decide.

Commenting, SNP MSP Joan McAlpine said:

“This week Scotland is being dragged out of the EU against our will.

“In 2014 we were promised that voting No meant staying in the EU, and many people in Dumfries and Galloway voted on that basis.

“In a democracy, when the facts change people have the right to change their mind.

“I was elected on a manifesto commitment to hold an independence referendum in the exact circumstances we now face.

“The Scottish Parliament has backed the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine their own future – and most people believe it should be for Holyrood to decide, not Boris Johnson.”