The British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will not hold another referendum on Scotland while he is in power.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said there is no need for another referendum on Scottish independence, emphasizing that no vote will not take place while he is in office until at least 2020.
Cameron said that a decisive referendum had already been held in September which saw Scotland narrowly vote to stay in the United Kingdom. He argued having another referendum so soon would not have as much legitimacy.
“A referendum would have to be legal, fair and properly constituted. And that’s what we had and it was decisive and I don’t see the need for another one,” he added.
Alex Salmond the former leader of the Scottish National Party and the flag bearer for the independence campaign said he believed a referendum was inevitable and that when it takes place was up to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
When Sturgeon was asked whether a referendum would feature in her manifesto she said: “It will be my ultimate decision, in line with the democratic decision-making processes of the SNP, to determine whether or not there is a commitment to a second referendum in the SNP manifesto for the Scottish election. And in due course we will take that decision and take that decision based on what we consider to be in the best interests of the country.”
Experts believe the SNP’s landslide victory, in this year’s elections in Scotland suggests there may be a change in thinking amongst Scots. However those opposing a referendum are arguing it is far too soon to hold one so soon after the last.
London-based political analyst Chris Bambery believes the major reason behind Cameron’s opposition to holding another referendum is public fury over the unpopular austerity measures which are expected to intensify in the future.
“Austerity measures are deeply unpopular, across the UK, particularly in Scotland where majority of people champion welfare over the free market,” he told Press TV on Tuesday.
Cameron is trying to control the situation by refusing to hold another referendum on Scotland’s independence, Chris Bambery concluded.
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