Asked whether or not Nicola Sturgeon can be taken to court docket if a second referendum on Scottish independence was held, Michael Gove mentioned: “A majority of people that voted within the constituencies voted for events that had been opposed to a referendum”.
He added that Ms Sturgeon “did not safe a majority as Alex Salmond did in 2011. That is a major distinction”.
The Cabinet Office minister instructed BBC’s Andrew Marr: “Alex Salmond, when he requested a referendum, each celebration within the Scottish Parliament agreed that it was acceptable to have a referendum provided that he had secured a majority. It is just not the case now – as we see – that the individuals of Scotland are agitating for a referendum.”
However, there’s an elevated pro-independence majority in Holyrood following Saturday’s outcomes. This is as a result of the pro-independence Scottish Greens secured eight seats and the SNP secured 64. Since the magic majority quantity in Holyrood is 65 seats, because of this the Scottish Parliament technically does have the biggest pro-independence majority since devolution began – 72 seats out of the 129 obtainable.
Alex Salmond may need secured an outright 69-seat SNP majority within the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary elections, however the Greens solely secured two, which suggests the pro-independence majority then was 71 relatively than yesterday’s 72.
However, the Conservatives can argue, as Mr Gove has executed this morning, that as a result of Ms Sturgeon didn’t safe an outright majority herself – she was one seat shy of 1 – and since most individuals voted for Unionist events on their constituency vote, that the mandate is just not as clear because the Scottish chief is attempting to declare.
The Scottish First Minister mentioned on Sunday morning that it will be “absurd and fully outrageous” if the UK Government went to court docket to block a second independence referendum.