We hear a lot about the SNP's supposed "mandate" for a second referendum to break up Britain. We don't hear so much about the British Parliament's three-fold mandate to keep it together!
The SNP and Greens will argue that it is only the Scottish mandate at Holyrood – given by the majority of pro-separation SNP and Green MSPs – which should matter. But for us, as British Unionists, we see the frame, not as Scotland alone, but as Scotland in Britain.
For us, it is the UK-wide mandate which takes precedence.
In that regard, Westminster has a perfectly constitutional, democratic, legitimate right to forbid a second referendum – a right given to it by all the voters in Scotland – as we explain!
Indeed, the British Parliament has a three-fold mandate to deny Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP a second damaging and divisive referendum on separation.
1. The SCOTTISH PEOPLE have GIVEN A MANDATE to the BRITISH PARLIAMENT to DECIDE SUCH MATTERS!
At the referendum on 18 September 2014, Scotland voted to stay in the UK as part of one Unitary British Nation-State.
We voted to keep the UK together knowing that this meant Scotland would bind itself willingly to agree with whatever the United Kingdom – which is to say, all the British people acting through their democratic Parliamentary processes – decides.