Nicola Sturgeon warns the Prime Minister that blocking an independence vote would mean the UK was no longer 'a voluntary union of nations'
First Minister warns Prime Minister that blocking a vote would mean the UK was no longer 'a voluntary union of nations'
Speaking before a lectern bearing the slogan "Scotland's Choice", Ms Sturgeon said there was "a fundamental democratic principle" that a referendum should be staged after the SNP and pro-independence Greens together won most of Holyrood's 129 seats.
She said that the Prime Minister blocking a vote would mean the UK was no longer "a voluntary union of nations" and concluded: "That in itself would be a very powerful argument for independence."Ms Sturgeon also took aim at Mr Johnson, saying: "We are facing many more years of right-wing Brexit-obsessed Tory governments that we don't vote for, taking us in a direction we haven't chosen."
But constitutional affairs are reserved to Westminster and David Cameron only agreed the 2014 referendum after Alex Salmond led the SNP to an outright majority in the 2011 Holyrood election.UK Government insiders said Ms Sturgeon's failure to emulate this achievement made it much easier politically to reject another vote. headtopics.com
Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, said people were "watching in disbelief" Ms Sturgeon's demand after she reassured them only a few days ago in a TV debate that their SNP votes would not be used to endorse a second independence referendum.
Ms Sturgeon wants to hold a referendum by the end of 2023, when Scotland is still recovering from the pandemic. She plans to press ahead with her own vote if the Prime Minister refuses to grant her the powers and challenge him to block it in court.Any 'wildcat' referendum organised by Ms Sturgeon without the UK Government's authority faces a boycott by Unionist voters, hugely undermining the result.
The Scottish Nationalists won 64 of Holyrood's 129 seats, giving them a clear victory and a fourth term in power. This was one short of a majority and one more than they achieved in the 2016 election following mass tactical voting by Unionists.In a major boost for Mr Johnson and Mr Ross, the Conservatives achieved the same total of 31 seats they got under Ruth Davidson.
Holyrood's pro-independence majority rose slightly after the Greens increased their number of seats from six to eight, but Ms Sturgeon's failure to achieve an outright SNP majority greatly lifted the pressure on the Prime Minister.The First Minister insisted that a "majority was a long shot as we have a PR system" and she was "thrilled" with the result, with the most votes and highest share recorded in Holyrood election history. headtopics.com
Despite the popular vote splitting almost evenly between pro and anti-independence parties, she said the SNP had "emphatically" won the contest and accused the Unionist parties of "trying to redefine what constitutes" a victory and a mandate.
Referring to her referendum pledge, she concluded: "All of that is what I promised and all of that is what I intend to deliver."She said: "It is a commitment made to the people by a majority of the MSPs who will take their seats in our national parliament next week.
"Usually - and by the normal standards of democracy - parties are expected to deliver on the commitments they make in elections, not face attempts to block them from doing so."Given the outcome of this election, there is simply no democratic justification whatsoever for Boris Johnson or anyone else seeking to block the right of the people of Scotland to choose our future.
"If there is such an attempt it will demonstrate conclusively that the UK is not a partnership of equals and that – astonishingly – Westminster no longer sees the UK as a voluntary union of nations. That in itself would be a very powerful argument for independence." headtopics.com
Ms Sturgeon said she would fulfil her promise to focus initially on getting the country through the immediate health crisis but said the Scottish Parliament should be allowed to stage a referendum at the time of its choice after that.Speaking as he was elected as a Highlands and Islands list MSP, Mr Ross said: "We have had six weeks of extremely competitive and at times divisive debate.
"But I believe now people are looking for their MSPs, both within this region and across Scotland, to work together, to show the same unity that people across this country have shown in coming through the worst of this pandemic so far and looking towards our recovery as a country."
Mr Johnson has insisted he will block any motions for a second referendum in Scotland, regardless of the lay of the land in Holyrood after the elections.In an interview with The Telegraph, the Prime Minister said: “I think a referendum in the current context is irresponsible and reckless.
“Well, as I say, I think that there’s no case now for such a thing … I don’t think it’s what the times call for at all."The SNP fell short after failing to win a series of target seats held by the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats amid widespread tactical voting by Unionists.
On the second day of counting, the SNP majority hung on taking at least one of two Tory-held marginal seats.However, the Conservatives instead increased their majorities in Galloway and West Dumfries to 2,635 and Aberdeenshire West to 3,390. In both seats there were large declines in support for other Unionist parties as they voted tactically for the Tories.
Labour suffered its worst ever result in the Holyrood election, declining by two seats to 22, despite the popularity of new leader Anas Sarwar.The Liberal Democrats dropped one seat to four but Alex Salmond's new Alba Party failed to pick up a seat, even in his native north east, in a major humiliation for the former First Minister.
The SNP won 60 of Holyrood's 73 constituencies, one more than in 2016, but failed to win a series of key seats or a sufficient number of the 56 regional list seats. These are allocated using a complicated form of proportional representation the deducts constituency wins.Read more: The Telegraph »
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Sturgeon what's your answer to worst drug addiction problem in UK referendum,ok what about worst alcohol problem referendum chronic failure to deliver on NHS promises referendum, lack of jobs for young people, cheaper labour from EU. Any policies going forward, referendum yes , Scots has to leave ! so annoying , so expensive ...
Silly woman how did you get that job ? Join the EU and let them boss you around gud god woman what are you thinking if NicolaSturgeon if you want an independent referendum then surely all the citizens of the United Kingdom should be included in the vote to decide if our Country should broken up 🤔... Just a thought!
Rubbish humbug words Scottish are slightly different ok, everybody see it. We have a plan for future. You are accepted. We will not give you the money. It have to be earned. Why are we all discussing a referendum, Scotland's leaders want independence and the rest of the UK wants them out of the union so just give them what they want. Oh, I forgot they don't even have a currency or a bank of last resort.
Nicola Sturgeon issues direct warning to Boris Johnson 'Scotland will choose its future!'NICOLA Sturgeon has issued a direct warning to Boris Johnson about 'Scotland choosing its own future'. she seems confused unless something has changed, Scotland does not have the right to choose to leave the UK without Westminster agreeing to it. This was one of conditions when they basically surrendered to England Scotland must remain part of the UK. These people are trying to destroy our union from within. We will not vote in an illegal referendum Sturgeon. We will take you to court first
Robert Peston details Boris Johnson masterplan to thwart Nicola Sturgeon independence plotROBERT PESTON has exposed Boris Johnson's plot to try and halt Nicola Sturgeon 's independence referendum following the Holyrood election last week.
Nicola Sturgeon tells PM referendum is case of 'when - not if'Scotland's first minister has spoken to Boris Johnson for the first time since the SNP's election victory. The quickest way to independence in Scotland is for England to vote on it too.... if Scots truly want to go it alone fine and not just another Sturgeon bully tactic...independence means financially self sufficient and not a single penny from England/Wales/N Ireland.. When - another 30 years. I thought it was a once in a generation vote? 🤔🙄
Michael Gove tells Nicola Sturgeon to drop focus on independenceThe Scottish Tories have called on the Lord Advocate to make clear to Nicola Sturgeon that she does not have powers to trigger a vote without Boris Johnson's permission. Whilst Boris is a corrupt liar he's not wrong here.
Michael Gove tells Nicola Sturgeon to drop focus on independenceMichael Gove said Nicola Sturgeon should think again about her 'priorities' in the wake of the Holyrood results, where the SNP saw a boost in support but failed to gain complete control. F them off, put a border up and stop the handouts this game has gone on long enough Loads of whining ahead until SNP get the indy2 vote. The UK are desperate to keep Scotland in the union. Obvious that England are shafting Scotland financially otherwise they'd not be so desperate to keep them