The 1916 Societies take this opportunity to forward best wishes to the Scottish people ahead of their vote for independence and encourage all those with a vote to use that vote, to vote ‘Yes’ and vote for independence. We commend all those who have made the ‘Yes’ campaign such a positive contribution to progress, not only in Scotland but at a much wider political level, including here in Ireland where the idea of complete Irish independence is once more gaining traction on the strength of the goings on across the Straits of Moyle.
We are also proud of our own involvement in the Scottish campaign, particularly the efforts of the James Connolly Society Scotland who have worked tirelessly for years now to promote the concept of an independent and republican Scotland free from London’s interference. While of course we recognise that the terms of Scottish independence, as laid out in this referendum, do not necessarily correspond to how we might define the concept of sovereignty we would still endorse the notion that a country and its people have the right to self-determination and believe this referendum amounts to just such an act and in that sense is a step in the right direction.
Ultimately though we consider much will remain to be done – regardless of the result – and this campaign is merely a staging post on the road to true independence. We see it as a political vehicle that can allow Scotland to go on to complete the task of building a sovereign, independent republic, the type of republic that would be an example to the rest of the world of just what is possible if a people are granted the opportunity to determine their own destiny free from external impediment, as should always be their democratic right.
The broad independence campaign has been highly instructive for those of us who hope to see a similar plebiscite here on these shores and we in the 1916 Societies trust such can be moulded around our ‘One Ireland-One Vote’ concept. We remain committed to achieving a full British withdrawal from Ireland and see an all-Ireland referendum as a possible route to securing that end. It is then our firm belief that the time has now come for both Scotland and Ireland to stand as free nations before the world and we call for a resounding ‘Yes’ on 18th September and for a corresponding 32-county referendum here in Ireland to speed that worthy cause.