Douglas Ross, who twins national and international soccer
fixtures as a professional linesman and referee with his job as
a Scottish lawmaker, said he was selected to run for the seat
currently held by Angus Robertson, who leads the Scottish
nationalist's party in the Westminster parliament.
Ross, a linesman in the Scottish Cup semi-final between Rangers
and Celtic last weekend, said May's snap election would not pave
the way for a second Scottish independence referendum despite
Robertson's repeated calls for a new vote.
"This election, while earlier than many anticipated, does not
move the goalposts on a second independence referendum," Ross
said in a column in Aberdeen's Press & Journal newspaper.
May has told Scottish nationalists that now is not the time for
a second independence referendum.
The Conservatives are hoping for an upset in Moray, despite
Robertson's 9,000 majority, because it voted to keep its EU
membership by just 122 votes in last year's referendum on
European Union membership.
The June 23 ballot on Brexit called the future of the United
Kingdom into question because England and Wales voted to leave
but Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay.
(Reporting by Elisabeth O'Leary)
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