Oh dear, Nicola! Sturgeon accused of breaking major independence promise to SNP voters

Scottish people ‘fed up’ with talk of independence says Mundell

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Just four days before the crunch Scottish election on May 6, Ms Sturgeon insisted: “Thursday is not an independence referendum, it’s not asking people to vote yes or no.” Speaking on the BBC’s The Sunday Show, she said: “Opposition politicians can’t have it both ways. They can say I should have spent the last year focusing on Covid, which I’ve done, and then say you should have spent the last year developing the plan for independence.

“Thursday is not an independence referendum, it’s not asking people to vote yes or no.

“When we ask people to make that choice, just as we did in 2014, we will put forward a detailed perspective.”

But last month, Ms Sturgeon ordered civil servants to restart work on an independence prospectus – despite the ongoing Covid pandemic and Boris Johnson refusing to cave to demands to hold IndyRef2.

Now the apparent backtracking from Ms Sturgeon on independence from the election has come under brutal attack from the Scottish Conservative, branding her “relentless pursuit” for IndyRef2 as “incredibly worrying”.

Shadow Economy Secretary Maurice Golden told Express.co.uk: “Nicola Sturgeon must listen to the Scottish people and abandon her plan for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

“During the Scottish election, she said a vote for the SNP was not a vote for independence, but now it appears she has changed her tune.

“She is dictating to the Scottish people that she is going to pursue a second independence referendum at all costs. This is incredibly worrying.

He added: “Nicola Sturgeon said ‘democracy must and will prevail’.

“I wholeheartedly agree with that and that’s why we had the once on a generation referendum in 2014.

“Ultimately, that is democracy and that is what Nicola Sturgeon should be listening to.”

Late last month, a major poll has revealed 47 percent of the 1,000 people questioned were opposed to breaking away from the UK.

Just 44 percent were in support of independence, with the remaining nine percent undecided.

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Conducted by Redfield and Wilton Strategies on behalf of Politico, the poll showed 43 percent agree Scotland should only hold a second referendum if the UK Government agrees to it, while 38 percent disagreed.

Excluding those who don’t know or don’t hold an opinion either way, a majority of 53 percent believed it should be up to Westminster.

Scotland’s First Minister remains undeterred, warning she is ready to enter a brutal clash with the UK Government in order to foce through her plan for an independence referendum.

Mr Golden lashed out Ms Sturgeon for being “relentless in her pursuit of independence at all costs” and accused the SNP of overlooking more pressing issues such as the Covid pandemic and the under-pressure NHS.

He said: “The SNP are relentless in their pursuit of independence.

“If an IndyRef2 went ahead and they didn’t win, they would just regurgitate all the old arguments and go for another referendum.

“The worry in that scenario is the SNP only need to win once, but the Unionists have to win every single time.”

“There is no point going down that path and going for an IndyRef2 when we are facing one of the biggest economic and health crisis’ of our time.”

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