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The Independent

Westminster leaders ‘scared’ of indyref2, claims Sturgeon



Politicians at Westminster are blocking calls for for a second Scottish independence referendum as a result of they concern the end result, Nicola Sturgeon has claimed.

The Scottish First Minister was talking the day after the Supreme Court dominated the Scottish Parliament doesn’t have the facility to legislate for a vote on independence with out the settlement of Westminster.

Talking throughout First Minister’s Questions are Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon insisted: “Unionist Westminster politicians wish to silence Scotland’s voice as a result of they’re petrified of what Scotland may say. It’s fairly easy.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his two predecessors have rejected SNP calls for for indyref2, and Ms Sturgeon accused them of in search of to “block democracy”.

She stated: “Any politician who was assured of their case and assured of having the ability to persuade others of their case wouldn’t be attempting to dam democracy, they’d be embracing democracy.”

The First Minister had been requested by SNP backbencher Stephanie Callaghan for her response to the Supreme Court docket ruling – with Ms Sturgeon saying it exhibits the UK is now not a voluntary partnership of countries.

She instructed MSPs: “Yesterday’s judgment raises profoundly uncomfortable questions in regards to the foundation and the way forward for the UK.

“Any partnership during which one accomplice wants the consent of one other to decide on its personal future is just not voluntary and it’s not even a partnership.

“Throughout the UK proper now it’s the case that England may determine to grow to be unbiased however Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire supposedly can’t.”

With Holyrood having a majority of pro-independence MSPs, the First Minister continued: “The mandate for an independence referendum on this Parliament is plain, there’s a clear majority for that.”

She stated stands prepared to debate the problem with the UK Authorities “at any time”, however added: “I totally anticipate that their democracy denial will proceed, at the very least within the short-term, as a result of they’re petrified of the end result of a democratic course of.

“No matter makes an attempt by Westminster to dam democracy, I’ll all the time work to make sure that Scotland’s voice is heard and that the way forward for Scotland is all the time in Scotland’s arms.”

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