Arriving in Brussels to meet with colleagues who had questioned Scotland’s independence referendum was a useful moment of reflection. We did not win independence. But we did win the battle for Scottish sovereignty. Never again will it be in doubt that it is the Scottish people who will decide our future.
I am not sure this profound change has yet been fully understood. If the Conservatives win a UK general election it will now be more clear that they have no mandate to govern Scotland. We may have exercised our sovereignty on 18th September to give a further chance to a reformed UK, but we in no way gave up our right to decide on our future. The referendum reinforced our self-determination.
One only needs to look at the desperation with which the unionist parties seek to insist that the Scottish people cannot be asked again to exercise self-determination to know that the decision now lies conclusively with the Scottish people.
Westminster no longer rules Scotland. They exercise power only so long as we agree to their authority. That will never be unconditional. We are in control of our destiny.