Smart move by the SNP/Independent coalition admin on West Dunbartonshire Council in passing a council motion calling for Westminster to transfer the relevant powers to Scotland to facilitate the people resident in Scotland choosing our own constitutional future by referendum.
Naturally this flushed out the better together alliance – with the tory voting for the labour amendment – but then the labour crew abstained altogether!. None of which stopped the W. Dunbartonshire Council adding yet another piece in the democratic mosaic that will deliver an Indy vote (by one means or another) in due course. Link and snippets below:
West Dunbartonshire Council will write to the UK Government asking them to transfer the relevant powers to the Scottish Parliament to facilitate a second referendum.
A motion by leader of the council Jonathan McColl presented at last week’s full council urged the Prime Minister to respect the right of the Scottish people and allow their views to be heard.
It states: “Given the range of circumstances that have changed since the independence referendum held more than half a decade ago, West Dunbartonshire Council supports the right of our constituents and everyone living in Scotland to choose their future in a new independence referendum.”
West Dunbartonshire community party councillor Jim Bollan said that the decision was about democracy not
nationalism or unionism.
He added: “I am a socialist. I would love to see a united Ireland and an independent Scotland but there is more to this.
“This is about our right to choose after the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
“Brexit was a game changer and I believe that the first vote should be discounted as the playing field has changed dramatically.”
Following the debate 12 members voted for the motion… and all Labour councillors present abstained.