Andrew Marr and Nicola Sturgeon clash on independence
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The BBC host grilled the SNP leader over whether it is “shameful” that her Government is yet to release an economic projection of how independence will affect Scotland. He asked: “Don’t you think it’s shameful that a government looking to take Scotland out of the UK hasn’t even bothered to look at the impact on the economy?” Ms Sturgeon snapped back: “If I was asking people a week on Thursday to vote on the question whether or not Scotland should be independent then yes, I would agree with that.
“But I’m not asking people to do that on Thursday and if I was to do all that modelling now, we would have to redo it when asking people to make that choice.
“I believe it is only right to ask people to make that choice of that magnitude on the basis of quality, up-to-date information.
“That’s what we did in 2014 and it’s what we would do again.”
One Express.co.uk reader raged in reaction to our original story: “Shrill and shouty Sturgeon. She refuses to say what the economics look like because they are not having Indy Ref yet but asking for people to vote soon for SNP on mandate of Indy Ref.
“The SNP talks total tripe. When will Scottish people see through this?
“Debt deficit, cuts in public spending, currency and trying to join the EU are reality.”
A second person fumed: “Sturgeon a decisive, delusional individual who lies to deceive.
“Scotland will be heavily taxed, financially deficient and in austerity for years as all the economic business models indicate if they vote independence.
“Wake up Scotland to the lies of the SNP and Sturgeon/Scotland.”
Another reader said: “Yet again, this person does not give a damn what her citizens think.
“Let’s put it this way Nicola – would you happily sign up to buy a new house if you didn’t know how much it would cost you?
“The truth is, the SNP have no idea of cost as they do not keep current accounts or forecasts. Shameful treatment of your people.”
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The First Minister has repeatedly said it would be “unsustainable” for Boris Johnson and his UK Government to block a second Scottish independence referendum if the SNP can win a majority in the upcoming Holyrood election.
Ms Sturgeon told The Andrew Marr Show the country must have the chance to put the recovery into its own hands, adding: “Scotland’s future must, and will, be decided by the people of Scotland”.
She also said taking legal action against the UK Government over the situation would be an “appalling” look for any Prime Minister.
The First Minister has continued her calls for a second independence referendum, but Mr Johnson has refused to transfer the relevant powers to Holyrood for another vote to be held.
The SNP released its election manifesto earlier this month, which includes plans on holding a second independence vote by the end of 2023.
Writing in The Observer, Ms Sturgeon said: “Tackling the pandemic and getting the recovery under way come first. However, if there is a majority in the Scottish parliament after this election for an independence referendum, then Scotland must have the chance to put the recovery into Scotland’s hands.
“For the UK Government to seek to block it would be unsustainable. For it to try to take legal action, as has been suggested, would be asking a court to effectively overturn the result of a free and fair democratic election.
“That would be an appalling look for any prime minister. More to the point, it didn’t work for Donald Trump, and it wouldn’t work for Boris Johnson.”
But Downing Street has continued to voice its opposition over a second independence referendum
A UK Government spokesman said: “Now more than ever, people in Scotland want to see the UK Government and the devolved administrations working together to protect lives and livelihoods.
“The United Kingdom is the most successful political and economic union the world has ever seen, and this pandemic and our collective response, from the furlough scheme to vaccine procurement and the backing of our military personnel, has shown that we are at our strongest when we work together towards a common goal.
“The push for a divisive referendum is simply irresponsible. It is a distraction, when we need to focus on continuing to tackle the pandemic and rebuilding our economy.”
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