Alex Salmond's way of Scotland gaining independence WITHOUT referendum exposed

ALEX SALMOND revealed how Scotland could gain independence without holding a second referendum in a throwback interview, unearthed reports reveal.

This week, former SNP福利网址 leader Alex Salmond was cleared of sexual assault charges. Sources close to him told the Daily Mail that Mr Salmond now wants to lead a "re-energised drive" to break away from the rest of the UK, as he thinks Scottish independence is "going nowhere" under Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Mr Salmond is believed to be planning to run for the party’s leadership on a "dream ticket" with SNP MP Joanna Cherry.

It is thought Mr Salmond, who has already led the SNP on two separate occasions since 1990, would be happy to be deputy to Miss Cherry, a barrister who led a legal bid to use the Scottish courts to block Brexit福利网址 last year.

Until two weeks ago, Ms Sturgeon was determined to hold a second referendum on independence in 2020, despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson repeatedly rejecting her calls.

福利网址However, because of the coronavirus pandemic gripping the world, the Scottish Government said it would "simply not be wise" to have a campaign at this time.

The SNP conference in June has been cancelled due to the COVID-19福利网址 outbreak and next year's Holyrood election could also be postponed.

福利网址As uncertainty over the future of the union continues, unearthed reports reveal how Mr Salmond claimed Scotland could declare itself independent without a referendum in the future.

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Former Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (Image: GETTY)

In an interview with Sky News’ Murnaghan programme after losing the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, Mr Salmond said a plebiscite was the “best route” to statehood, but added that there were others.

He said if the Scottish Parliament was given more powers until “you have a situation where you’re independent in all but name, then presumably, you declare yourself to be independent”.

The ex-SNP福利网址 leader noted: “Many countries have proceeded through that route."

福利网址Mr Salmond had previously said that he would have accepted the referendum result and that it was a “once in a generation” event.

However, he told Sky News “there are always things can change circumstances”.

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2014 referendum campaign (Image: GETTY)

For example, if the UK voted to leave the EU, then another vote would be justified.

福利网址Mr Salmond also said that demographics would see support for independence rising in the coming years.

He added: “I mean when you have a situation where the majority of a country up to the age of 55 is already voting for independence then I think the writing’s on the wall for Westminster.

福利网址“I think the destination is pretty certain, we are only now debating the timescale and the method.

福利网址“I think Scots of my generation and above should really be looking at themselves in the mirror and wonder if we by majority, as a result of our decision, have actually impeded progress for the next generation which is something no generation should do.”

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Johann Lamont, the former Scottish Labour leader (Image: GETTY)

Johann Lamont, the former Scottish Labour leader, told The Daily Telegraph that Mr Salmond should have not tried to “overthrow the will of the Scottish people in some sort of coup”.

She said: "Having decisively lost a democratic referendum on independence, Alex Salmond is now suggesting the nationalists can ignore the sovereign will of the Scottish people.

“His words are fundamentally undemocratic and an insult to the people of Scotland.

福利网址"Salmond may regret the result but this reaction is dangerous and wrong.”

福利网址Adam Tomkins, professor of public law at the University of Glasgow, said a unilateral declaration of independence would be illegal and “bonkers”.

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