Paulatic wrote:So what would be justification for a referendum?
First Brexit bedded in. A year to negotiate from Jan 31st. Then a couple of years to settle into the new system. Say 2024 at earliest.
Second the SNP would need to win aSNP/Green majority in the 2021 Scottish parliament elections.
Third. Opinion polls showing a majority for yes.
Paulatic wrote:Finally I can agree with you, let’s get it written down and let’s stick to the agreement. Can you tell me what happened to the assurances from the last ref? You know the one about staying in Europe and wasn’t there mention of more devolved powers? So how does that fit with the current uk gov wanting to take away powers?
What assurances? The fact was Scotland would have left the EU in the event of a yes. We stayed in. The EU referendum was not on the horizon until the 2015 Tory manifesto and depended on them winning the election. Not certain. Thereafter most people expected the EU ref to be a remain victory. So at the time of indyref it looked like anyone wishing to be in the EU was better voting no.
Mention of further devolved powers. Well since there is higher income tax in Scotland since 2014 that is a newly devolved power. A few more ...
Air Passenger Duty
Borrowing (up to £4.75BN
Crown estate management
Gaming machine licensing powers
Transport(Including passenger rail franchise, road signsand speed limits)
Welfare(certain aspects)Aspects devolved include: Disability Living AllowancePersonal Independence Payment
Elections Scottish Parliament elections and the local government franchise, including regulation of campaign spending and controlled expenditure on Scottish Parliament elections Not yet in force–it requires changes to the Scottish Parliament standing orders to set out rules on super-majorities.
I note that the SNP have not yet bothered to make the necessary changes to standing orders to bring the elections powers into force. Not that keen on extra powers? http://www.parliament.scot/images/Parli ... 9-2016.pdf