Scottish Independence: "Supreme Court was wrong"

ALBA Party Westminster Leader Neale Hanvey MP will today publish international legal opinion that states that the Supreme Court was wrong in the Scottish Government’s independence referendum case. 

In a press Conference to be held in Westminster later today, Mr Hanvey will set out the legal findings which will also set out a “way forward” for the independence movement. 

The Legal paper titled  “Opinion on matters relating to international legal issues concerning the right to self -determination for the people of Scotland” has been authored by Professor Robert McCorquodale.

Professor McCorquodale is a highly distinguished and experienced academic and legal practitioner specialising in international law.  He has been an advocate before the Supreme Court and the International Court of Justice.

The opinion contends that “the Supreme Court was mistaken in law in its approach to the right to self-determination of the people of Scotland in the Scottish Referendum reference case” and “sets out the main parameters of the right to self-determination in international law” and how these “apply to the people of Scotland.”

In addition Alex Salmond, ALBA Party Leader and Kenny MacAskill MP, ALBA Party Depute Leader will set out what this ground breaking legal opinion means for Scottish politics, the wider Independence cause in Scotland and the prospects of delivering Scottish Independence.

Commenting ALBA Party Westminster leader Neale Hanvey MP said: 

"The ALBA proposal of a single Scotland United candidate in each seat should be discussed and properly considered democratically. If the SNP drift into the next election eyes closed they risk being met with a tsunami of similar scale to that which engulfed a complacent Scottish Labour in 2015.

The key to success is not just a single candidate in each seat and the necessary downplaying of party politics at a time when the SNP brand is tarnished. The real impetus comes from the proposed joint declaration that the independence parties will jointly treat the election (and every subsequent one if necessary) as a popular mandate to negotiate independence for Scotland. 

Instead of further discord we should come together for the election, collectively recognise that the referendum route has been blocked, and seek other ballot box opportunities to demonstrate the Scottish peoples’ right and will of self-determination. 

That proposition has support and, as I will demonstrate this evening, substantive and influential international legal backing."

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