Scottish Labour has suggested that if another independence vote ever occurred it should include a “home-rule” option which could see Scotland remain part of the UK but have more political power. The concept is similar to Greenland, which was granted “home rule” from Denmark in 1979 and was seen as a stepping stone to achieving full independence.
Greenland is responsible for the majority of policy areas including policing, the judicial system, aviation, border controls as well as financial regulation and supervision.
However, Denmark still retains control of monetary policy and foreign affairs including defence.
The concept was put forward by party leader Richard Leonard who said it was “very likely” the party would support the inclusion of a third option on a ballot paper which would give voters the chance to back more powers for Holyrood.
Mr Leonard claimed: “I think there is a wider point which has come out in the last few months which is about the imbalance of power which still exists.”
He argued the UK was “still extremely centralised” claiming political power was focused “around the city of London and around Westminster and Whitehall.”
Sir Keir Starmer is set to set out views on Scottish independence on Friday.
The latest poll undertaken by Ipsos Mori puts Scottish Labour third in the Holyrood race with 14 percent of constituency votes and 16 percent of regional list votes.
This means the party is set to lose four seats next spring on current projections.
He argued there should not be another independence referendum next year amid the country’s economic recovery from the pandemic, the vaccination rollout and any further waves of coronavirus.
In response, SNP depute leader Keith Brown MSP, said: “Labour have been promising home rule for Scotland for more than a century.
“Even now — in the face of the most extreme Tory government in living memory, which is intent on ripping up the devolved settlement — they are still talking the same language.”