Independence up for debate

John Lamont (Scottish Conservative).

John Lamont (Scottish Conservative).

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Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont is holding two public meetings next week to discuss the Scottish Government’s call for a second independence referendum.

Conservative MSP Mr Lamont made the decision to hold the meetings ahead of a two-day Scottish Parliament debate on whether to seek permission to hold a second independence referendum.

The Scottish Government wants a referendum in autumn 2018 or spring 2019, but Scottish Conservatives want to see a referendum before April 2019 ruled out.

Mr Lamont says that in response to the “unprecedented number of emails, phone calls and messages” he has received about the independence referendum, he is holding meetings in Kelso’s Tait Hall next Monday, March 27, at 6.30pm and Melrose Corn Exchange on Tuesday, March 28, at 7pm.

“The Borders voted overwhelmingly in favour of the UK back in 2014 and leaving the UK would be hardest felt by people who regularly travel and work south of the Border,” said Mr Lamont.

“I’ve been contacted by so many residents that I felt obligated to organise some public meetings to address their concerns.

“The message I am getting very clearly is that people said no thanks in 2014 and they meant it.

“I would urge anyone who wants to hear about what the next few years will likely entail and what they can do to help, to come along.”