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Let me get this right.

- Theresa May spent 9 months telling everyone she wouldn't have a GE. She didn't need one and she didn't want one. She was strong and stable and she was the saviour who would use a "strong hand" to navigate the UK through Brexit.

- In May 2016 the SNP had a manifesto committment in the Scottish Parliament elections which said that #IndyRef2 should take place "if there was a material change of circumstances, such as the UK leaving the EU". SNP won 63 seats out of 129. Pro-Indy Greens = 6 seats.

Putting total #IndyRef2 supporting MSPs in Holyrood at 69 out of 129 (or 53%). Labour came third place in Scotland for the first time in 98 years.

- On 23rd June 16 Scotland voted 62% to remain in EU with every single one of Scotland's 32 council areas voting remain.

- On 28th March 2017 (delayed by a day due to Westminster terrorist attack) 69 MSPs voted for #Indyref2. The Green Party amended the motion to include securing votes for 16 & 17 year olds and EU citizens. The amended motion was passed.

- In April 2017 May seen a chance to capitalise on opinion polls. She called a GE for 8th June 2017 and the cost to taxpayers was £140 million. She lost her majority. She then bribed the DUP and tossed them £1billion for their support.

The gay hating, dinosaur denying, anti-abortionists grabbed the £1billion and were only too happy to hold May's hand.

- May staggered on believing she was strong and stable despite many in her own party believing she should resign.

- May could be occasionally heard saying "now is not the time for a second Scottish independence referendum" and her SoSfS believed that despite having been elected on a manifesto to hold #IndyRef2 and majority of Holyrood backing a vote, IndyRef was a no go.

- May withdrew her Brexit withdraw agreement from a vote in Westminster on 10 Dec 18 as she feared she'd be defeated. She introduced it on 15 Jan 19 and was defeated 432 to 202. She was defeated again on 12 March 19 by 391 to 242 & again on 29 Mar 19 by 344 to 286.

- May's defeat on the 15 Jan broke the record and became the largest ever defeat by a sitting government in history. But it didn't stop it being tossed before parliament twice more.

- May realised her goose was cooked and she announced on 24 May 19 that she would be resigning as PM on 24 July 19.

- Johnson emerged as the winner of the Tory leadership race and was crowned as PM by Tory members.

- Johnson has only been in the job since July 2019 and has now been defeated three times in Westminster.

- One such defeat resulted from the PM asking MPs for permission to hold a general election, he was rebuked by MPs and failed to secure 2/3rd required.

- We are now in a position where the Prime Minister is openly admitting he does not intend to follow the law and will not ask the EU for a Brexit extension despite being required to do so by a law passed 327 to 299.

- It is against this backdrop that the First Minister of Scotland is seeking the urgent transfer of powers over referenda from Westminster to Holyrood. Decisions affecting the people of Scotland should be made by the people of Scotland and those it elects.

I have friends who are members of all parties and none, and have friends and colleagues who do not support calls for Scottish independence.

What I'd say is that this historical obsession with trying to enforce homogeneity throughout the union does nothing but hasten it's despise. You only have to look at Scotland's voting pattern and it's public policy to see we are moving in a different direction.

We have been moving in a different direction for years and being constantly told "now is not the time" only serves to further entrench a sense of grievance and a feeling that we are subject to the whim of party we, as a majority, absolutely do not vote for.

I will be continuing to push for #ScotRef #IndyRef2 and despite constant (predictable) claims that the Scottish people are not moving towards Indy, the reality on the ground is very different. On 18th September 2014 the only thing won was time.
#ScotlandCan #DissolveTheUnion
*hasten it's demise
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