Back in May we wrote this:
Because today in Parliament this happened:
The assertion of Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles that a second indyref bill legislated by Holyrood without first having been sanctioned by Westminster would be “universally recognised as being outwith the competence of this Scottish Parliament” is a flat-out lie. Legal opinions on the matter are widely differing, and the entire purpose of the 2012 Edinburgh Agreement was to avoid the prospect of the question being settled by the courts, because either way that would have opened a massive can of worms. The principle remains untested in law and both interpretations are legitimately arguable.
In May we also said that the then-policy of the Scottish Greens, namely not to vote for a second indyref unless it was backed by a million-signature petition, ensured that there wouldn’t be one anyway. But at their party conference last weekend the Greens abandoned that position and committed themselves to unconditional support in any such vote. The welcome U-turn, however, may be rendered entirely irrelevant.
Ken Macintosh’s reply to Rumbles was pretty non-committal, as might be expected. However, we can observe already that – exactly as we warned five months ago – one consequence of the SNP’s loss of their majority in May this year will be the Unionist parties exploring any avenues possible, however underhanded, to prevent the Scottish people from expressing their view on independence again in light of the dramatically changed circumstances that have arisen since the 23rd of June.
We can only hope that it won’t be a decisive one.