Alex Salmond claimed Scotland would win independence from the UK
Despite appearing reluctant to call a referendum, the former Scottish First Minister argued the SNP could win an independence referendum within two years if the Prime Minister does not retain Scotland’s access to the single market.
Salmond was reluctant to give up the possibility of another referendum vote when asked if the next attempt at Scottish independence would be rejected for the next 50 years.
He told Evan Davis: “If the Prime Minister decides to ignore… the substantial demand in the UK as a whole, to stay within the single marketplace, if she then decides to ignore the wishes of Scotland to maintain our 1,000 year connection and history with Europe as a European nation, in that context if there is a referendum within the next two years, then the ‘Yes’ side will win.”
The SNP are reluctant to give up their independence cause, despite a recent poll which found 62 per cent of Scots do not want another vote this year.
The former Scottish First Minister also told Newsnight that the Prime Minister could secure a separate Brexit deal to the rest of Britain if the Prime Minister wanted.
Salmond claimed the PM could secure a separate Brexit deal for Britain
Salmond used the example of Liechtenstein and Switzerland as a potential template for keeping Scotland within the single market while the rest of Britain leaves.
He said: “There is a working example in Europe at the present moment of a country which has a monetary and customs union with another country and one is within the single market and one isn’t, and that’s Liechtenstein and Switzerland.
“If you intend to implement control of labour at the workplace through a green card system as Theresa May does, there is no impediment whatsoever to Scotland being within the single market while England is not.
Nicola Sturgeon's top tweets
Sun, July 24, 2016
With over 391 thousand followers on Twitter, First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon is a prolific tweeter, here are her best quotes.
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Nicola Sturgeon, Leader of Scottish National Party and First Minister of Scotland
Why shouldn’t the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom pay attention to the wishes of the Scottish people, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government?
“It is a practical proposition. It of course has complexities, but anything to do with Brexit has complexities.
“Why shouldn’t the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom pay attention to the wishes of the Scottish people, the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government?”
Alex Salmond cited the relationship between Liechtenstein and Switzerland as a potential template
His remarks come on the same day the Supreme Court ruling which found Parliament and not Government wields the power of triggering Article 50.
At least 30 SNP MPs are expected to thwart the will of the people and vote against Brexit.