Westminster forced to admit the Scottish people are Sovereign

What happened?

The SNP have played an ace card when using their allocated Opposition Day debate. Standing order number 36 was agreed and resolved without contention late last night in the House of Commons. This was a motion proposed for debate by Ian Blackford the SNP MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber and leader of the SNP group at Westminster.

What was the motion?

“That this House endorses the principles of the Claim of Right for Scotland, agreed by the Scottish Constitutional Convention in 1989 and by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, and therefore acknowledges the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs.”

In a nutshell, the SNP were looking for unambiguous admission from Westminster that Scotland has the absolute right to determine its own political future based on the will of the Scottish people.

Why is this important?

There has been a lot of talk since September 2014 (including from Unionist politicians) that Westminster holds a constitutional overlordship when it comes to Scotland. Meaning for example, Scotland can only have a meaningful and legal independence referendum if its agreed through a Section 30 order with the UK government as happened in 2014. It means that all of the ‘once in a generation and once in a lifetime’ bleating from unionists means absolutely nothing and that Scotland has the right to determine its future unilaterally based on the will of the people.


What’s the history?

1320 – The Scottish right to self determination based on the people being sovereign is an ancient political principle in Scotland and was first officially document in the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.

1689 – Aspects of The ‘Claim of Right’ act of 1689 were written into Scottish constitutional law effectively ensuring no royal prerogative would sit above the Scottish Parliament. Especially interesting as Scotland is part of a UK that where all legislation gains royal assent, the exact opposite of our constitutional traditions. It’s worth noting though that the claim of right is not so much a legal standpoint as an accepted constitutional position in Scotland.

1989 – On the journey towards devolution and a Scottish Parliament the Campaign for a Scottish Assembly crafted a new version which was signed by the vast majority of Scottish politicians from all parties as well as churches, trade unions and other civic bodies, which read:

“We, gathered as the Scottish Constitutional Convention, do hereby acknowledge the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of Government best suited to their needs, and do hereby declare and pledge that in all our actions and deliberations their interests shall be paramount.

We further declare and pledge that our actions and deliberations shall be directed to the following ends:

To agree a scheme for an Assembly or Parliament for Scotland;

To mobilise Scottish opinion and ensure the approval of the Scottish people for that scheme; and

To assert the right of the Scottish people to secure implementation of that scheme.”

2012 – The Claim of Right was debated in the Scottish Parliament to allow MSPs to re-endorse the claims of the sovereignty of the Scottish people. At the time the then Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on all parties to “recommit” to its principles.

2018 – Westminster debates Scotland’s Claim of Right and the motion is resolved unopposed. The full debate can be found at Hansard and is an interesting and highly entertaining read if you have a little (ok, a lot of) time.

Let us commend the efforts of the SNP MPs at Westminster for maintaining a high momentum following the walkout and subsequent disruption tactics coincidentally during some football match. This clears the way for the next independence referendum. Its a political masterstroke and removes all debate around who calls the shots when it comes to Scotland’s political future – it’s the Scottish people.


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  1. I certainly commend the SNP, I support and believe they have the best interest of Scotland in mind.
    I can’t claim to understand it all but think we are going in the right direction!

    1. I did “The full debate can be found at Hansard” ‘full debate’ is a hyperlink to it.

    2. The Declaration of Arbroath was not mentioned! Published in the 1400’s and acknowledged by the UN and the EU! You should read it!

      1. You missed this part then:
        “1320 – The Scottish right to self determination based on the people being sovereign is an ancient political principle in Scotland and was first officially document in the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320.”

    1. Indeed. The Tommy Sheppard input was also was notable as was Ian Blackford’s efforts in leading the debate.

  2. brilliant well done to all the SNP involved we are so proud of you all for fighting for us and for SCOTLAND

  3. The tories say Scotland is too small, too poor and too stupid to govern its self, well Ian Blackford and the SNP has just proved them so wrong by backing them into a corner and making them admit we are a sovereign people.
    So who’s the stupid ones???

    1. It’s the Tories who are stupid. I am a Southern Englishman born and bred, but I have always considered the Scots to have a better education system and hence have better educated people than the English! Well done to them!

      1. I was educated in England and Scotland. Although it was more than a few years ago, the education that I received in Scotland was far superior, broader and encouraged me to be self-sufficient educationally before I specialised. What was especially useful was being able to change direction totally, in sixth year, and go to university with a completely different set of Highers. A friend of mine, who had intended to do Law and, consequently, took 5 arts based Highers, took 5 more science-based Highers in 6th year and went to Edinburgh to study medicine.

      2. We did have the best education system in the world until the SNP administration got their hands on it and now it is one of the worst in the world

      3. you are 100% correct, Scottish education has always been far superior than down south, when I attended school in Aberdeen we could all tell you where English cities were and which counties they were in, also all over the British isles, I remember when my aunt went to live in Leeds, a young boy next door to her asked me where I came from? on replying Aberdeen, he said where in England is that ? says it all really.

  4. May it be forth coming and good Riddends to the corrupt selfseving Draconian Imperialism Dictatorship within little Westminster.

    Scotland and her peoples are andalways will remain Soveriegn and NO DICTATORSHIP such as Shit Minster will force their Imperiliast rule over Scotland and her “Soveriegn”Peoples”,for much longer.

    For we the Soveriegn People must know claim our full rights to Reinstate our Country uo her formal full Indtpendance status and look outwardcas anInclusive Peoples and rebuild our Country Scotland from.the Rubble that Westminster has reduced our Country.

    We are Big Enough
    We are Strong Enough
    We are A well Educated world leading Advanced Country Respected World Wide rith the Exeption of the 17th Centuary Dictatorship within Westminster.

    The rords written within the Declaration of Arbrath has Pevailed.

    Good Riddens to this Virus that has attched itstlf like a Leech to Scotland for the past 308 and more years.

    Scotland and her Peoples “ARE SOVERIEGN”.

  5. Time is running short as the lemmings are heading for the cliff and intend to take us with them. We must gain independence as quickly as possible in order to maintain our standard of living and not fall into poverty with the isolated and foolish England.

  6. A government that the people can control and influence and not a government that can buy and sell our labour at a whim.

  7. Wonderful news my Scottish mother will be doing a reel upthere some where in Heaven!
    .Do not want to be a Jeremiah, but doesn’t Westminster still hold purse strings and withhold funds accordingly?

    1. SCOTLAND WILL TAKE OVER ALL THAT EARNS INCOME FOR England plus an 8% of all that England owns as ower share but that also includes part of the dept that England has incurred in ower name but we will pay that off with all th hundreds of billions we shall have as a right of an independent country from the offshore honey pots and they will last for 150 +years

  8. Well done to Ian Blackford and the SNP MP’s. We can trust them to fight Scotland’s corner.

    1. Sure Thing, I Believe we are in the safest pairs of Hands Ever in our Sovereign “SCOTTISH ” Parliament under SNP .

  9. Geniuses! the SNP has and continues to do great things for Scotland. i am a proud supporter.

  10. This is all very well but the people of Scotland last voted to remain part of the UK.

    1. But they voted based on several lies told to them by Westminster (the vow, only way to remain in EU, to name but a few!) The Scottish Government has a mandate for another Independence referendum at a time of their choosing.

    2. Yes they did David but then they voted in SNP Scottish/UK elections on a mandate of bringing forward a 2nd independence referendum!

    3. It was rigged. We all know it, just seem to still lack the clear evidence. We will be careful this time, even though they will throw every dirty trick imaginable at us. Saor Alba.

  11. I have always backed the UK government during my lifetime, but the time has come for Scotland to go it
    alone , i believe our young folk deserve the right to do this as westminster is going to become a hive of rich people who will look after themselves and their cronies,And to hell with the working class, Please do not let this happen. I hope to live to see it happen , for your own good make it happen.

  12. Scotland didn’t join with England until 1707 and the only feasted did was because the country was bankrupt and we will be again if we go with this notion of independence, at the minute we have free university education, free medical prescriptions, free eye tests and free dental care, can the Scottish government guarantee that to the Scottish people

    1. News for you Robbie. Scotland will be the wealthiest part of the former UK when we free ourselves of the shackles of the London government. The future is finally beginning to take shape. The SNP is the only party that knows what it’s doing in these “strong and stable” times!

    2. Sorry Robbie, Scotland was not bankrupt ever after the Darien Scheme and despite the hostile acts and sanctions by the English Government. I think you require to do a bit of researching if the works of real historians and not propagandists like Neil Oliver

    3. So “bankrupt” in the 1600’s that the English parliament forced uncompetitive tarrifs and restrictions on Scottish trade because Scotland was making money hand over fist in global trade with the Europe and the Americas.

  13. The debate was fascinating to read and I am proud to be part of the SNP. They did well for us last night. Perhaps the most fascinating part was the contribution from the man who unfortunately represents my constituency of Moray in the English parliament. He missed the bigger picture and did his best to trivialise last night. And rightly failed. Again, a brilliant job from the SNP team.

  14. Take a look Wales on how it should be done, unlike the wimpish labour and Tory MPs we have here, the same people who believe we are to small to exist as nations, are the same ones who are fully committed brexiteers, what irony.

  15. They may be forced to admit we’re Sovereing which in turn forces them to reject the idea 🙁

  16. So you didn’t bother to read the McRone report then ?
    Pity ! You wouldn’t have sounded so daft if you had !

  17. If all above is constitutionally correct what are we waiting for, time to go ahead as we are losing out on our wealth being stripped from us its time to stop the thieves.

  18. Waited my whole life for this, we are a Sovereign Country. Roll on Independence of my country Scotland, This will be a celebration for Exiled Scots in every corner of the World. A message from Australia

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