IndyRef2: Colette Walker warns of ‘travesty for Scotland’
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Independence for Scotland (ISP) party leader Colette Walker spoke with Express.co.uk to discuss her election campaign and the future of Scottish independence. Ms Walker warned time was running out to secure Scottish independence as she believed the “hunger” and “passion” for it was reaching new heights. She grew concerned that delaying any of a referendum may mean support fizzles out as she highlights the progress that has already been made for independence support.
The ISP was founded by Ms Walker who grew concerned over the slow pace from the SNP to secure independence for Scotland.
As a former SNP member, Ms Walker accused her former party of “carrot dangling” and not addressing what supporters wanted.
Formed before Alex Salmond’s Alba party, the ISP is also only standing in regional list seats to not split independence support.
However, the ISP appears to be more willing to work with Nicola Sturgeon and does not have the political baggage that Mr Salmond has.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Ms Walker was asked what the ISP would do if Scottish independence was not secured in the next few years.
She replied: “First of all, we’re not going anywhere and we don’t plan on going anywhere soon anyway.
“So if in the next few years we don’t gain independence which I think will be a travesty for Scotland and the people of Scotland.
“I don’t want to start in the next election in 2026 thinking all this up again.
“Because I think with everything it could be that people become frustrated and disillusioned that they might just get on with it and be ok that we’ve left the European Union.
“We have to utilise the people’s hunger and the passion for independence right now and it would be a total travesty for Scotland if we don’t take that opportunity.”
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Ms Walker then added the opportunity was now as some poll indicates majority support for independence.
She explained while some polls may put it slightly under or over the progress made from previous support of 37 percent is “huge progress”.
She told Express.co.uk: “[That support] is before a real campaign starts and I think we need to act on that.
“You can’t just sit on your laurels and wait for something to happen we need to be more proactive and more assertive.”
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