Sturgeon ripped apart over independence bid ‘damaging Scotland’s recovery’

Sturgeon: IndyRef2 calls ‘outrageous’ says Miklinski

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The First Minister has called for a second independence referendum to be held if the SNP wins a majority at Scottish parliament elections in May. The SNP has outlined an 11-point roadmap for tearing Scotland away from the UK and says it will “vigorously oppose” any legal challenge from the UK Government. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly refused to sanction a Section 30 order – used to grant the 2014 vote when 55 percent of Scots rejected independence from the UK.

Writing in The National, former SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said the May election will “determine whether the future of Scottish democracy is in the hands of Boris Johnson and his UK Government or people in Scotland”.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said the SNP would damage the economy in Scotland by breaking up the UK.

He also claimed the SNP would press ahead with an “illegal” IndrRef2 vote.

Reacting to Mr Robertson in a post on Twitter, Mr Ross wrote: “More confirmation from @AngusRobertson that the SNP would use a majority in May to hold an illegal independence referendum.

“Their plans would be disastrous for Scotland’s recovery and damage our collective efforts to rebuild from this pandemic.”

Scottish Conservative Shadow Constitution Secretary Dean Lockhart added independence would “wreck our economic recovery from the coronavirus”.

He added: “These comments from one of Nicola Sturgeon’s top lieutenants are not surprising.

“The SNP would use a majority from May’s election to push through an illegal independence referendum this year.

“This would be disastrous for Scotland and wreck our economic recovery from the coronavirus.

“The Scottish Conservatives have an ambitious plan to rebuild Scotland’s economy and are the only party strong enough to stop the SNP.”

Ms Sturgeon has said the SNP aims to hold a legal referendum if the people of Scotland back the SNP with a majority in Holyrood.

Speaking on the BBC Andrew Marr show last month, she said: “I want to have a legal referendum. That’s what I’m going to seek the authority of the Scottish people for in May.

“If they give me that authority, that’s what I intend to do – have a legal referendum, give people in Scotland the right to chose.

“That’s democracy. It’s not about what I want or what Boris Johnson wants.”

More than 20 consecutive polls have showed support in favour of independence.

However, support for the SNP appears to be slipping according to the latest research released by Savanta ComRes on Thursday.

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The data published in The Scotsman suggested 47 percent of people could vote in favour of independence if there is a second referendum, with 42 percent opposed to independence and 10 percent undecided.

When undecided voters were excluded it put those in favour of leaving the UK at 53 percent – down four points since January.

The poll also showed a drop of eight points in the number of Scots who think the SNP is “united” – down from 50 percent last month to 42 percent.

The Scotsman reports the current polling numbers would give the SNP a majority with 71 MSP’s elected in the 129-seat Scottish Parliament – up from 64 MSPs in the 2016 vote.

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