Sturgeon slammed for independence 'obsession' by Alister Jack
The SNP leader has reiterated her desire for a second vote on tearing Scotland away from the rest of the UK. On the first official day of Brexit, the First Minister lashed out at the UK’s exit from the EU and insisted Scotland has left the bloc “against our will”.
Writing on Twitter, the SNP chief jumped back on the independence campaign trail and managed to weave in calls for Scotland to leave the Union, while referring to Ireland taking a seat at the UN Security Council for the next two years.
For the first time since 2002, Ireland will join the five permanent members, China, France, Russia, the UK and the US.
Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin said it was an “enormous responsibility and honour” to have been chosen.
Ms Sturgeon wrote: “As independent Ireland takes up her seat on the @UN Security Council today, not (yet) independent Scotland is taken out of the EU against our will.
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“Time to put ourselves in the driving seat of our own future, Scotland. #Indyref2.”
Britain officially left the EU at 11pm on December 31 following the end of the Brexit transition period.
Last night, Ms Sturgeon tweeted a picture of the words Europe and Scotland attached by a love heart, the image had previously been projected on to the side of the EU Commission building in Brussels.
In the post, she added: “Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on.”
The SNP wants to take Scotland back into the EU single market and customs union, and Ms Sturgeon condemned Boris Johnson’s trade deal worth more than £600billion to the UK economy.
The Scottish Parliament refused to give legislative consent for the Prime Minister’s 1500-page treaty.
Following a debate on Wednesday, MSPs voted by 92 to 30 to say the deal would “cause severe damage to Scotland’s environmental, economic and social interests”.
Writing for Politico this morning, Ms Sturgeon said: “We are now faced with a hard Brexit against our will, at the worst possible time in the middle of a pandemic and economic recession.
“It will mean disruption in the short term, while establishing new, long-term barriers.
“Our people will be less safe and their right to work, study and live elsewhere in Europe will be restricted.”
She added: “More and more people in Scotland believe our aspirations can best be met by continuing to contribute to the shared endeavour and solidarity that the EU represents.
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“Because of Brexit, we can now only do this as an independent member state in our own right.
“We have been inside the European Union family of nations for nearly 50 years.
“We didn’t want to leave and we hope to join you again soon as an equal partner as we face the opportunities and challenges of the future together.”
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