Scottish Independence: ‘No quick referendum’

Alex Salmond wants to hold Westminster to their promise. Picture: John Devlin
Alex Salmond wants to hold Westminster to their promise. Picture: John Devlin
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FORMER First Minister Alex Salmond has said he will not seek a quick referendum on independence as part of a deal to support a UK government after this year’s general election.

Despite hopes among many disappointed Yes voters that there could be an early re-run of September’s plebiscite, Mr Salmond said it would not be part of the negotiations if the SNP emerged holding the balance of power in a hung Westminster parliament.

He said the focus would instead be on home rule – control of all domestic affairs and taxation, with foreign affairs and defence left to Westminster.

“This Westminster election is about delivering what Scotland was promised – not a referendum, but what was promised in the referendum,” he said.