June 17, 2007


Tories back vote on independence (EDDIE BARNES, 6/17/07, Scotland on Sunday)

A REFERENDUM on Scottish independence could be held as early as next year after a dramatic move by Conservative leaders to support the historic poll.

The party's vice-chairman has publicly backed a referendum as soon as possible to "clear the air" over Scotland's constitutional future.

Several Tory MSPs are backing the move, claiming the poll - which is likely to reject independence three to one - would "shoot the Nationalists' fox".

Conservative supporters of the plan believe it is essential to kill off the independence issue to reassure businesses and potential investors that Scotland has a stable future, while also giving them a chance to set the "positive case" for the Union.

The funny thing is if the English had a referendum they'd dump Scotland.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 17, 2007 9:00 AM
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