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Whatever the result in Scotland there is no reason for another independence referendum

The SNP’s case is weaker than ever

By Malcolm Rifkind  

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the election campaign trail. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images

When I was secretary of state for Scotland in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet there was a lament one often heard from Labour and SNP politicians. Poor Scotland was doomed to live under a Tory government because of the way the English had voted.

There is a splendid irony that since Theresa May lost her majority at the last general election, poor England has been forced to continue living under a Tory government because the Scots in 2017 increased the number…

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