Nicola Sturgeon slammed by Neil Oliver over calls for Indyref2
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The SNP is seeking to press ahead with another divisive bid to tear up the UK within the next 12 months as Scotland emerges from the coronavirus pandemic. Michael Russell, director of the party’s independence unit tasked with bringing forward IndyRef2, suggested separation would be a focus as Scotland “turns to recovery”.
He also warned the SNP would follow a path which was “made in Scotland for Scotland, not imposed on us by Boris Johnson”.
The First Minister of Scotland is set to publish her legislative programme for the upcoming year at the end of the month and reignite calls for independence at the SNP party conference in September.
The continued push to dismantle the Union has prompted a furious response from a number of Express.co.uk readers and many let their feelings known in the comments section of a previous story.
One reader wrote: ‘Scotland will decide!’ – The problem is that unless Scotland decides for independence the SNP will not accept the result as the democratic will of the people.”
A second added: “SNP didn’t respect either referendum so far…So why would anyone respect one that went in the SNP’s favour?”
A third commented: “It already has and decided to stay in the UK.”
A fourth said: “All she is interested in is being Queen Sturgeon of Scotland and she will destroy Scotland to get it.”
Meanwhile, a fifth said: “They did decide. It’s all over for desperate Sturgeon.
“No referendum, no job. Get someone in who cares about the people of Scotland.”
The SNP stormed to a fourth consecutive victory in the Scottish Parliament elections in May.
The party won 64 seats in Holyrood, one short of an outright majority, but support from the Greens would tilt the balance of power in favour of independence.
The Prime Minister has repeatedly refused to sanction a section 30 order used to grant the 2014 Scottish referendum, where 55 percent of Scots voted to remain part of the UK.
Ms Sturgeon has said a vote will not take place until 2023, but the upcoming party conference includes a series of proposals for another vote.
Mr Russell said: “After what we have all been through, that recovery must ensure that we really do build back better – for our families, our communities, and our country.
“And to do that we must set the right agenda – one made in Scotland for Scotland, not imposed on us by Boris Johnson and a UK government we never voted for and which shares neither our ambitions nor our values.”
An SNP source added: “IndyRef2 will become more prominent than ever before as Scotland emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s getting towards Scotland’s time to decide.”
Alex Salmond’s Alba Party is also expected to put pressure on the SNP to start negotiations with the Prime Minister.
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The draft conference agenda reveals a motion titled “Independence Convention” which claims independence is an “immediate priority” for the Scottish people.
Liz Smith MSP, Scottish Conservative Finance spokeswomen, has condemned plans for another vote on independence.
She said: “As we recover from the pandemic, the last thing Scotland needs is another divisive independence referendum.
“All of the focus must be on economic stability and rebuilding Scotland.
“The SNP must ditch their push for IndyRef2 and put 100 percent of the government’s attention towards protecting Scottish jobs and remobilising our NHS.”
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