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Readers say there should be an Independence Referendum by the end of 2021


By Louise Glen

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Constitution secretary Michael Russell.
Constitution secretary Michael Russell.

Almost two thirds of readers want to see an independence referendum before the end of 2021.

A poll of readers showed that 66% of readers, 9193 people, want Indy Ref 2 before the end of the year.

34 % of readers, 4722, were against the plan.

The Inverness Courier sought the views of its readers after learning that the Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Michael Russell MSP, discussed the issue at a private meeting in November of last year.

Donald Cameron MSP.
Donald Cameron MSP.

Donald Cameron MSP for the Highlands and Islands had argued that now was not the time for an independence referendum, but readers appear to disagree with him.

A Freedom of Information response revealed the minutes of a meeting between Mr Russell and the Australian High Commissioner, George Brandis QC, on November 10 2020. It stated: “George Brandis enquired about the proposed timing of the referendum post the Scottish election. Mike Russell confirmed he would hope a second referendum could be held by end 2021.”

Responding to the Freedom of Information request, Mr Cameron said: “It seems quite extraordinary that the SNP Government is still pushing ahead and spending time and resources developing plans for an independence referendum later this year."

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