Galloway tears into ‘hypocritical’ Sturgeon who ‘joined SNP when it fought for Brexit’

Nicola Sturgeon: Commentator outlines ‘hypocrisy’ from leader

The former Labour MP said Ms Sturgeon had once backed an EU referendum and claimed she would have dragged Scotland out of Europe with no deal had the country won its independence ballot in 2014.

Sturgeons faux Europeanism is hypocritical opportunism

George Galloway

He said: “Sturgeons faux Europeanism is hypocritical opportunism.

“She joined SNP when it fought for Brexit! She backed a referendum on the EU because they were robbing our fish!

“If she’d won in 2014 she would’ve dragged us out with No Deal! She’s a wee parish-pump nationalist, that’s all.”

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Mr Galloway’s outburst came after Ms Sturgeon has said Europe should “keep a light on” as Scotland will be “back soon”.

The First Minister tweeted her message to Brussels just after the Brexit transition period formally ended at 11pm last night.

Ms Sturgeon reiterated the SNP’s call for an independent Scotland to join the EU.

Tweeting a picture of the words Europe and Scotland attached by a love heart, she said: “Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on.”

The image had previously been projected on to the side of the EU Commission building in Brussels.

Earlier, a small group of demonstrators gathered outside the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood to protest against Britain’s departure.

Around 12 people took part in the socially distanced Yes for EU event.

Morag Williamson, from the group, said: “We are very sad and very angry at the same time.

“We don’t want to leave the family of Europe – but we are being dragged out against our will.”

Scotland’s trading and travel relationships with EU countries are now be governed by the agreement announced by Mr Johnson on Christmas Eve.

But Scotland’s Constitution Secretary Mike Russell said the separate Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland and Gibraltar showed independence was the “only alternative” as the transition period expired.

He was reacting to news that a draft agreement had been reached between the UK and Spain to keep the border with the Rock open.

While Scotland has the same trade arrangements with the EU as England and Wales, there is a separate Northern Ireland Protocol to avoid a hard border with the Republic and a separate treaty now covers Gibraltar.

In December 2016, the Scottish Government proposed keeping Scotland in the single market post-Brexit.

Mr Russell tweeted: “The NI and Gibraltar deals make clear that the 12/16 ScotGov proposals could have produced a Scottish deal but were never pursued in EU negotiations by UK.

“Consequently the UK has itself created the circumstances in which independence is the only alternative for Scotland.”

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The Scottish Parliament earlier refused to give legislative consent for Boris Johnson’s Brexit agreement.

MSPs voted by 92 to 30 to say the deal would “cause severe damage to Scotland’s environmental, economic and social interests”.

But the Conservatives accused the SNP of hypocrisy for refusing to back the Prime Minister’s deal when it had opposed a no deal Brexit.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross accused Ms Sturgeon’s Government of spreading “propaganda” about the agreement on its official channels and said he had written to civil service chiefs seeking an apology for the “bad deal for Scotland” video shared on social media.

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