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UK Government should be “clamouring” for independence referendum says Sturgeon

09 Oct 2022 3 minute read
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon appearing on the BBC1 Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg PA Images

The UK Government should be “clamouring” for an independence referendum if they believe in their case for the union, said Scotland’s First Minister.

Any attempt to boycott a future independence referendum would show the UK Government does not believe it can win the case for the union, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Ms Sturgeon is hoping to hold a vote next October if the Supreme Court rules ordering a ballot is within the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

But some – including Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross – have suggested the unionist side could boycott the referendum.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, the First Minister said: “I believe very firmly – and I think this is a bit of an iron law of politics – if the other side of this debate really believed people in Scotland didn’t want a referendum and if they really believed that people in Scotland would vote against independence – they’d be the ones clamouring for a referendum.

“If the Supreme Court paves the way for a lawful referendum next year, I think the vast majority of the people of Scotland would take part in that.

“The UK Government might decide to say they don’t want them to take part in that, but I don’t think that is going to prevail.

“If you’re confident in your arguments in politics, if you’re confident in the case that you’re making, then you don’t fear democracy, you actually relish the opportunity to put your case before the people and let the people decide.”

Disruption

When asked if it is possible the UK Government wants to avoid the “disruption” that would stem from a referendum, the First Minister said: “Disruption? Perish the thought we would have disruption in people’s lives right now.

“The disruption that people are suffering right now are coming from decisions that have been imposed on Scotland against our will.”

The First Minister pointed to Brexit and the UK Government’s mini-budget as decisions imposed on Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon has said plans are “ready to go” to legislate for an independence referendum if it gets the go ahead from the Supreme Court.

The court is set to hear oral arguments this week before ruling if a prospective Bill to hold another vote is within the powers of Holyrood.

Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg, Nicola Sturgeon said: “There’s little point speculating on the outcome of a court hearing, but should that be yes, we have the plans ready to go to legislate.

“Work on refreshing and updating the substantive case for independence is well under way – that will continue over the course of the next days.”

She went on to say she is “confident Scotland will become independent”.


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George Atkinson
George Atkinson
1 month ago

I watched this and Kuensburg wouldn’t shut the F up and let Sturgeon speak. It wasn’t an interview and just the Britnat clownette interviewer spouting Scottish hating rhetoric. It was an irritating watch because all the other guests were given massive uninterrupted airtime to spout their ignorant BS.

Frank
Frank
1 month ago

It is always the case.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago

That sounds dreadful and I’ll have to catch up with it but it sounds like something that takes the wind out of the sails of the far right hate channels when they criticise the Beeb – but they’ll keep on with it anyway. The encouraging thing is we have today heard from Nicola Sturgeon and Liz Saville Roberts well and truly ‘sticking it to the man’. Wonderful.

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
1 month ago

Nicola Sturgeon has integrity and strength. The Scottish people chose well with her.
I hope Scotland make the choice of independence, they deserve it…

The Uk has to come to an end and a new economic union will have to take its place whilst the nations have self-determination. THAT is the future of the archipelago, it can be resisted for sure, but while it is being resisted by those with a vested interest in The English Establishment System, it means more working-class people are fed into the grinder.

Doctor Trousers
1 month ago

it’s very telling when you look at most poll results on the subject, that only a small minority of unionists agree that there should be a second referendum. It shows that unionism goes hand in hand with being anti-democratic. If you believe in democracy, you should support a referendum even if you find the likely outcome undesirable. That’s how democracy works.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Besides 12 years of chaotic Conservative misrule , fiscal waste , corruption, nepotism. The disgusting Partygate affair during the height of the Covid pandemic where over 200,000+ have died. Add also the current political climate showing Labour an unprecedented 35% lead in the poll ratings not surprising. Also add PM Liz Truss & COE Kwasi Kwarteng’s calamitous mini-budget that nearly bankrupted Britain forcing the Bank of England to intervene with £65 billion to avert any collapse , this not even a month into her premiership, is it no surprise that the Conservative & Unionist party are not too keen to… Read more »

DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
1 month ago

I would like to submit to P M Truss a novel idea instead of letting Wales and Scotland have an Independence vote Let England have a vote to let us go our own way I am sure England would vote for us to leave they are fed the Propaganda that they keep us and we are a burden to the English WHICH IS NOT TRUE AND THE ENGLISH POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE ESTABLISHMENT KNOW THAT IF WE WHERE A FINANCIAL BURDEN THEY WOULD HAVE GOT RID OF US BEFORE NOW

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

Sturgeon is right, if Westminster is confident in its argument it would jump at the chance to prove it via a referendum. It’s obvious Westminster doesn’t believe it’ll win and that shows what state the Union is in. The Union, has, and still is failing Wales – the result will be a British Isles of independent countries is our future.

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