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The Independence Generation

Ian Blackford MP, the SNP’s Westminster Leader, joined young campaigners in Glasgow yesterday (Wednesday) to mark five years since the independence referendum. 


First Minister and party leader Nicola Sturgeon has hailed the plans to mark the anniversary and said that Scotland's young people must have their say on the future of their country.


She said: “It is hugely encouraging that young people are today, five years on from the biggest democratic event Scotland has ever had, campaigning for a say on their future and a fresh choice on independence. 


“So much has changed in the past five years. Scotland is being ripped out the EU against its will by the most dangerous Tory government in modern history. 


“It is worth remembering that nobody born this century had a say in 2014, or indeed a say in the UK’s ill-fated EU referendum.


“But young people from every town and community in Scotland will have their say in a fresh independence referendum – and I am confident that they will overwhelmingly vote Yes.


“No Westminster government, of any party, has the right to stand in the way of the sovereign right of the people of Scotland to determine their own future.


“A win for the SNP in any upcoming election will simply reinforce that – the Westminster wall of opposition to an independence referendum is already crumbling, and another election win for the SNP will wash it away.”


Gavin Lundy, the Convener of the Young Scots for Independence, said: 


“Five years is a long time in politics and it is important that we use today to look forward positively, as well as remembering the past.


“It is our generation that will be most adversely impacted by Brexit; we didn't vote for this and we’re not going to stand for it. 


“Independence empowers young people in Scotland – this is our future and we aim to grasp it with both hands.”