A unilateral declaration of independence (UDI) is a formal process leading to the establishment of a new state by a subnational entity which declares itself independent and sovereign without a formal agreement with the national state from which it is seceding.
I know that the issue of a Unilateral Declaration for Independence for Scotland has been debated in the past and with the dominance of the SNP at the last General Election was a hot topic for a few days on social media.
Now previously I would never have considered the idea of UDI for Scotland as it could, and would be, perceived as un-democratic by many voters, would possibly split the YES/independence movement, would lead to years and years of court cases with rUK (which we will have anyway when we do become independent) and possibly would not be recognised by the EU or the UN. However the UN do recognise that:
All people s have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.
However, Westminster is un-democratic in that English elected MPs dominate all proceedings in areas not devolved, the SNP can have little or no influence over matters that even effect Scotland as our voice just does not count. The SNP are routinely booed when Angus Robertson, the Deputy Leader, stands up at Prime Ministers Questions, as we saw this week when he wished Scotland and everyone else a happy St. Andrews Day.
There has been SNP bad stories since they went to Westminster, just have a wee look below at some of the headlines from the yoon press.
The simple reality is we are just not wanted unless we elect liars like Alistair Carmichael and Gordon Brown, unless we vote the way they want us to vote. Our representatives are not welcome because they turn up and cost less, the shame of it, elected MPs going to work and actually taking part in the debates and not propping up the bar. Thatcher once said that all we had to do was send a majority of Nationalist MPs to Westminster to have a mandate (see above) and allegedly Robin Cook, former Labour MP, considered the idea of UDI as far back as 1983 when he said:
‘How can we let the Scottish people suffer another Tory government hell-bent on union destruction and driving down living standards? I am seriously considering leading all Scottish Labour MP’s over the burning bridge to join with the SNP and declare UDI’.
Given the shambles that is Brexit, the broken promises during the independence referendum, continued Tory Governments we did not elect, the death of the Labour Party and the insignificance of the Liberal Democrats on top of the fact they are all just Tories anyway, maybe it’s time we started to consider all options.
UDI would be extreme and the SNP would probably never ever go for it and it would no doubt be resisted by the EU, the UN and the UK’s masters the United States of America, but as I noted during the EU referendum, when you have nothing left to lose you might as well just go for it as many did in the EU vote, especially in England and Wales.
I know that I have had enough of the UK and Westminster rule. We are not the ignorant Scots of the past, the referendum engaged us, and we learned what Westminster really is and how we are perceived. We educated ourselves on how our contribution to the UK is covered up and how we have been indoctrinated into believing we cannot and should never consider governing ourselves.
However devolution, reluctantly agreed under Tony Blair to hold off the SNP and Scottish self-determination, has given us a tiny glimpse of what self-government can mean and that’s with a parliament that virtually has little or no real power over anything.
Whomever controls the purse strings controls the destiny. As I said I would never have considered UDI in the past but on the back of Brexit, and with the increasingly likely event of a snap General Election and continued Tory Governments we do not elect all options have to be on the table.
A serious UDI discussion is now worth having, I know that I just don’t want to be a part of an uncaring, right-wing, elitist and un-democratic UK for one minute longer. It’s time for real change, it’s time to grow a pair.