A Scottish campaign group has called for civil disobedience around London in a sweeping attempt to force Boris Johnson to hold a second independence referendum. RT host Kate Partridge ridiculed the group, known as the Radical Independence Campaign (RIC), suggesting it could backfire on the SNP-led mainstream cause of independence. She took to task group member Jack Ferguson, saying the disruption in London should not “convince Boris Johnson” to support a vote for independence.
Mr Ferguson explained: “There have been discussions about the idea of taking protest action and doing things that will disrupt the UK government.
“We will meet with experts from the anti-nuclear energy protests and the climate protests.
“We will look at what will impact the UK government as there is a democratic mandate to hold another referendum.
“But the UK government appears completely determined to deny democracy and to deny Scotland’s right to self-determination.”
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He said the plan of action in London was due to the fact “that the protest actions in Scotland have a limited impact on the government in London”.
However, the RT UK host replied: “If you said this type of campaign didn’t really work in Scotland, why do you think it will gain support for the cause if you do it in London?
Mr Ferguson replied: “Any action we take will impact the UK government and disrupt Boris Johnson and the Tories.”
Ms Partridge fired back: ‘Boris Johnson has said before that he won’t sanction a vote – that won’t convince him, right?
During the election campaign, Alba Party leader Alex Salmond said mass protests could be a feature of negotiations with the British government on Scottish independence.
The UK government has so far refused to grant a second independence referendum and instead emphasized that the 2014 vote was a “single vote per generation”.
Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Lib Dems, said: “Nationalists are connected to the moon if they think protesting about it in the streets of London is the priority.
“These people are more interested in an immediate race for independence than in helping our country recover from the pandemic.
“They are out of touch with the needs of most people in Scotland.”