Mexico sides with Sturgeon! President wades into Scotland row – extraordinary intervention

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President Andres Manuel López Obrador urged Westminster to take the “polarised and complicated” issue of independence back to the people of Scotland to honour the principles of “participant democracy”. He stated this principle of “participant democracy” was set with the Brexit referendum and that it should be offered again to the people of Scotland. He described how it was important to settle polarising and complicated questions through “direct democratic methods”.

Speaking to, he said: “It is important to gather the opinion of the people and give a voice to the people.

“When an issue is polarized and complicated the best way to gather the answer is to give the choice to the people.

“How can you say you know what the people want and that you are ruling on their behalf without asking them what they want?

“It is important politically, economically, and socially culturally to have citizens partake in participant democracy and best to collect the opinion of the people.”

President López Obrador then drew parallels between calls for a second Scottish independence referendum and a recent referendum that he granted in Mexico.

Mr Lopez Obrador described how he gave the final decision over a controversial Mexican infrastructure project to the Mexican people because a nation “that is considered a democracy” should have decisions “selected directly by the people”.

In 2018 Mexicans were given a chance to vote on whether to scrap a part-built multibillion-dollar airport near the capital, Mexico City.

The result of the referendum saw the infrastructure project abandoned.

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However, the move put President Lopez Obrador’s administration on a collision course with investors.

The referendum on whether to build the airport in Texcoco, outside Mexico City, was used as a way to sever links to the vested interests from the past Mexican administration.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon considers the latest Holyrood election result to be a mandate for pressing Westminster for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

If a second referendum on Scottish independence is granted, Ms Sturgeon has suggested it would take place in 2023.


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That leaves her only two years to convince voters that the SNP can achieve such change.

The SNP has long focused on “Scotland’s oil” as a way to secure the nation’s independent economy.

However, with global warming threatening to tip the earth’s climate into conditions that could threaten human civilisation, there is a global consensus to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

In a recent paper, economist, and lecturer Piotr Jaworski said: “The SNP has historically been an oil and gas party, but it got burnt during the last referendum when the oil price crashed.

“The party now hopes and thinks renewable energy will offer more stability.

“The advantage of wind power is that the cost is consistent.”

Boris Johnson has repeatedly ruled out granting another referendum on Scottish independence. 

The Prime Minister has clearly pointed out the vote in 2014 was sold as a “once in a generation” vote. 

Additional reporting by Brenda Lopez of El Centinela.

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