‘Absurd and outrageous!’ Nicola Sturgeon explodes at potential IndyRef2 block

Sturgeon says blocking IndyRef2 would be ‘absurd’

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Scottish Fist Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the idea that the UK would bring Scotland to court over a second independence referendum is “absurd”. The SNP politician said she does not expect the UK government to bring such a case to block an IndyRef2. But she admitted she has not prepared for the possibility of it ending up in the courts if the UK brought a court case against Scottish independence.

Andrew Marr asked: “One of the most important routes through [to an independence referendum] has a huge blockage and you don’t know and you can’t tell us what would happen [if that happened].”

Sturgeon furiously replied: “There is a fundamental issue of democracy at play here.

“All of that is predicated out.”

She hit back saying: “I’m being asked to answer the question ‘what do you do if the UK government refused point-blank to accept democracy.’”

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Ms Sturgeon slammed: “Now that is an absurd position for anybody to be put into!

“And the fact that I can’t come up with a neat sound bite answered to that is not actually some reason to criticise me.”

“It’s a reflection of how outrageous this situation is.”

But she said she had not prepared plans if the UK did press forward in blocking her independence dreams in the courts.

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The SNP fell one seat short of winning a Holyrood majority undermining their hopes of securing another referendum on leaving the UK. 

But as the Scottish Greens also support independence there will still be a nationalist majority in the Scottish parliament.

In total the SNP took 64 Scottish Parliament seats, a rise of one on their previous figure, while the Tories got 31, Labour 22, the Green’s eight and the Liberal Democrats four.

Combined, the three main unionist parties of the Tories, Labour and Liberal Democrats took more constituency votes than their nationalist rivals.


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The results prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to invite Nicola Sturgeon, along with the first ministers of Wales and Northern Ireland, to a summit focusing on Britain coronavirus recovery.

The summit titled “Team UK” will seek to form a collective response to getting the union out of the pandemic and on the road to a collaborative recovery.

Johnson told the devolved leaders: “I would like to invite you to join me, UK Government colleagues and other at a summit meeting to discuss our shared challenges and how we can work together in the coming months and years ahead to overcome them.

“We will all have our own perspectives and ideas – and we will not always agree – but I am confident that by learning from each other we will be able to build back better.”

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