Scotland: SNP will start petition campaign for independence referendum
The Scotsman reports: SNP activists want to by-pass parliament on the issue of independence by starting a massive petition to force MSPs to agree to a referendum, it emerged last night.
The SNP National Council is expected to approve a plan today which would give the go-ahead for a nationwide campaign.
Activists believe the parliament would be left with no choice but to accept the referendum plan if the petition was signed by 100,000 people or more.
The SNP government is committed to introducing a bill paving the way for a referendum but it does not have the support of enough MSPs from other parties to secure its passage through parliament. -- The Scotsman - Politics - SNP to seek 100,000 signatures in push for independence referendum