Those of us who warned that a second referendum on Brexit , would lead to Unionists demanding that there would have to be a “confirmation vote ” if there was a Scottish vote for independence have proven true with the Liberal Democrat leader proposing making Scottish independence harder – by adding a further hurdle to the country leaving the UK.
“I think it’s very clear that people in Scotland, as in other parts of the United Kingdom, don’t want Brexit to happen.
“They want to stop it and it can be stopped, and the best mechanism for stopping it is to have a people’s vote. I think momentum is building up behind that and I’m trying to work with people in other parties to make sure it happens.”
“We would like the SNP to come off the fence on the people’s vote because this is absolutely crucial and they haven’t got there yet.”
With regard to a possible second vote on Scottish independence, Mr Cable said Scotland’s desire to remain in the UK had been determined by the 2014 referendum.
But he said: “If there ever were in future a referendum on Scottish independence and people voted for it, I think they would themselves have to accept that there should then be a confirmatory vote at the end.
“That would be the way referendums are conducted in places like Switzerland, which use these things commonly.
“So I don’t think there’s any inconsistency with supporting us on the principle of having a people’s vote on Europe.”
If I was Nicola Sturgeon I would argue that Indyref2 (a second vote on Scottish Independence) would in effect be a “Peoples Vote” in exactly the same way a second Brexit referendum would be.
The Vow was conceived and drafted by journalists at the Daily Record, in consultation with former prime minister Gordon Brown.
The three party leaders signed up with the idea after a poll put the Yes campaign ahead for the first time in two-and-half years.
According to the the author Joe Pikeâ€™s book “Project Fear”, ,Brown was first approached by the Record on the afternoon of September 11.
The Daily Record had contacted the former prime minister after Ed Miliband had brought 104 MPs to Glasgow. Their slow march down Buchanan Street became a PR disaster. It was soundtracked by protester, Empire Biscuits, playing the Imperial March from Star Wars through a giant PA and using a megaphone to shout, â€œSay hello to your imperial masters … People of Glasgow, your imperial masters have arrived!â€�
That afternoon the editor of the Record contacted Brown to ask if he could get Miliband, Clegg, and Cameron â€œto sign an agreed Daily Record pledge for more devolved powers (subject to a consultation process as per Gordonâ€™s timetable)?â€�
Printed on the 16th, The Vow became an important part of the constitutional debate before and after the referendum.
So important was The Vow to the Smith Commission, according to the book, that civil servants responsible for keeping the commission on track had copies of the Daily Recordâ€™s front page plastered over their wall and would often ask of proposed policy â€œDoes this fit with the framework of â€œThe Vowâ€�?â€�