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Is Scottish independence inevitable?

If the SNP sweep to victory in the general election, crushing Scottish Labour, their dream of independence could be realised

By Peter Kellner  
Liberal leader William Gladstone, around 1880

Liberal leader William Gladstone, around 1880

With the benefit of hindsight, we now know the 2015 general election was a watershed that set Scotland on the road to independence. Both the Labour and Conservative parties underestimated the hostility of Scottish voters to London’s politicians. The SNP won three in five seats in Scotland. Overnight, Labour went from being the dominant party to also-rans. It never recovered. For some years after 2015, the SNP used its strength to demand more powers for Holyrood, but eventually the…

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