Keith Starmer has been criticised by some for his view that Nicol Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland could have another independence vote.
If Labour wins the next election the Keith Starmer will support the right for Scotland to have another independence referendum. This would be contingent on the SNP winning a majority at the next Scottish Parliament election on May 6th 2021.
Now right-wing media are portraying it as him throwing in the towel rather than really what it is. Starmer knows that previously the Labour party could rely on Scotland’s vote of 49 MP’s. Which allowed Labour to take power in the UK and those days that have long gone.
At present Scotland votes in more Conservative MP’s than Labour ones. To Labour Scotland would not really be a loss as they having nothing to gain rather than to many Conservative MP’s.
Additionally, in Westminster, the Scottish National Party is the third-largest political party. They have even overtaken the Liberal Democrats that have been decimated in number due to Nick Clegg’s disastrous coupling with Conservatives under David Cameron.
With the nationalists out of the way, labour can concentrate on English votes which would either go for Conservative or Labour.
However, Starmer did argue that “We will be making the argument…that this is not the time for another divisive independence referendum in Scotland“.
He is hopeful that when we are free from Covid-19 and Brexit is over that this issue can be brought back onto the table.
Keith Starmer has a real chance at the next election of beating Boris Johnson due to his failings through the Covid-19 pandemic and many other issues.
The public hopefully will have had enough of Boris the bumbling full with his second-rate Winstone Churchill impression.
Conservative strongly oppose another referendum vote in Scotland. They might have no say if SNP wins another majority in Scotland next year. Especially, if part of their manifesto states that winning a majority allows Scotland another referendum.