Nicola Sturgeon mocked as SNP’s humiliating failures exposed on BBC QT in brutal swipe
Nicola Sturgeon has been calling for a second vote on Scottish independence since the 2016 European Union referendum resulted in the victory of Brexit. The SNP leader in December formally requested permission to hold a fresh poll on whether Scotland should quit the UK but was rebuked by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. But the First Minister’s bid was mocked by BBC Question Time panellist, and Scottish Labour MP, Ian Murray: “A mandate, according to Nicola Sturgeon 18 months ago, was a consistent 60 percent in the polls.
“What is remarkable of this whole debate, remarkable, is that the SNP have existed for nearly 70 or 80 years and still can’t answer the questions about currency.
“They still can’t answer the question about borders, still can’t answer the question about how they will fulfill the deficit.”
Mr Murray added: “We can all sit here and talk about mandates but let’s get onto the back issues around what we actually need to do.”
A Panelbase poll conducted between January 28 and 31 of 1,016 Scottish adult voters put support for independence in the lead with 49 percent of the vote against 46 percent.
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The change marked a five percent increase from a previous poll of 1,020 prospective Scottish voters from the same company carried out between December 3 and 6.
Speaking after the publication of the latest poll SNP MSP Alex Neil said: “If Boris Johnson continues to deny the right of the Scottish people to decide their own future, clearly we need to look at other options.
“But, I agree with the First Minister, we have got to give democracy every chance, so if we get to 2021 and the SNP win an overall majority on the back of a mandate for indyref2 then democratically and morally Johnson cannot say no.
“If he continues to say no, and defy the wishes of the Scottish people, we cannot take no for an answer and we have got to look at every possible legal way to force the issue.
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“But let’s try and force him into accepting the wishes of the people first if we win that mandate next year.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to cave to Ms Sturgeon’s demands for a referendum on Scottish independence, telling her in a letter rejecting her demands in December that the previous 2014 vote must be respected.
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The Prime Minister insisted he had “carefully considered” the case she had put forward but reminded the SNP leader she and her predecessor Alex Salmond had made a “personal promise” to honour the “once in a generation” 2014 vote.
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Mr Johnson said: “The UK Government will continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise that you made to them. For that reason, I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums.
“Another independence referendum would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade, with Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs again left behind because of a campaign to separate the UK.
“It is time that we all worked to bring the whole of the United Kingdom together and unleash the potential of this great country.”
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