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Background Info

The Scottish People took part in a long and valuable, passionate and at times divisive referendum in 2014 in order to determine whether Scotland should become independent of the United Kingdom.  By a clear majority we voted to remain – 2,001,926 (55.3%) to 1,617,989 (44.7%) on a turnout of 85%. Since then we have had another referendum on whether the UK should remain within the EU which was also divisive within Scotland, with 1,661,191 of the electorate in Scotland (62%) voting for the UK to remain and 1,018,332(38%) voting to leave on a turnout of 67.2%.   We were promised at the time of the first Independence referendum that this would be a ‘once in a generation/lifetime’ referendum and yet we are now faced with the real prospect of a repeat within four years.  Whatever our views on Scottish Independence (I have friends and family supporting me with this petition who have a broad range of views, some who wish independence within or outwith the EU, others who wish to remain within the UK) we believe that a referendum within the next four years would be harmful to the people of Scotland for the following reasons:

1) We live in a time of great political upheaval and flux and believe that another referendum will only add to that.

2) There are significant problems within Scotland (education, the NHS, the economy) that need the full attention of the Scottish parliament.  We cannot afford to be distracted by another lengthy, divisive and bitter campaign.

3) We were promised that this would be a once in a generation referendum and we simply ask that that promise is kept.

4) Until the Brexit negotiations are complete there will be both uncertainty about what we might be leaving, and even more uncertainty about where we might be going.  It is not wise to seek split apart the United Kingdom at the same time as the United Kingdom, including Scotland, is leaving the EU.  

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