THE Alba Party have launched a national billboard campaign to promote Scottish independence inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The latest campaign will promote independence with the message: “Independence! If you want it.”

It draws inspiration from a campaign led by Lennon and Ono over five decades ago.

On December 15 1969, people across the world woke up a slogan which read: “War is over! If you want it.”

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It appeared on billboards in 12 major cities, including Tokyo, Toronto and New York and was signed: “Happy Christmas from John & Yoko.”

The message was repeated on posters, handouts and advertisements in major newspapers across the globe.

Alba’s campaign will see billboards across Scotland at airports as well as in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen and at sites across the central belt.

The party’s general secretary Chris McEleny says that the party are determined to ensure that independence stays at the top of the political agenda into the new year.

He said: “The decision by the Supreme Court to deny the right of the Scottish Parliament to hold an independence referendum and the continuing refusal of the UK Government to transfer the power to hold a referendum presents clear challenges to Scottish democracy and the sovereign will of the Scottish people.

“However, in the immediate aftermath it is clear that the people of Scotland don’t appreciate a court based in London telling us that we can’t have a choice on our own future.

Westminster have destroyed the economy. We have the absurdity of fuel poor Scots living in energy rich Scotland.

“The question is are we going to sit back and take it? Alba’s answer to the people of Scotland is that the UK is over if you want it and no matter how hard the UK Government deny democracy, Scotland will be independent if you want it.”

The move comes as the party ups it’s campaign activity following the Supreme Court ruling which said that Holyrood could not legislate for indyref2 without Westminster’s consent.