Sturgeon: Ignoring Scottish referendum mandate would 'shatter' UK structure

Henrietta Brewer
March 20, 2017

For May, it's an opportunity to benefit from a tougher line on Scotland in her England heartlands where polling shows there's resentment about perceived special treatment for the Scots.

Suggestions that Scotland would find itself in a disastrous financial position if it voted for independence are "fake news", Keith Brown has said.

Last week Spain's foreign minister Alfonso Dastis warned a newly independent Scotland "would have to join the queue, meet the requirements, go through the recognised negotiating system and the end result will be whatever those negotiations produce".

We can not have a referendum when all that is known is what legal deal has been agreed.

The Scotsman says the first minister has been accused of a "deceitful proposition" in seeking a second independence referendum while a majority of Scots oppose it.

Yesterday, Sturgeon laid out her commitment to retaining both the pound and access to the EU Single Market. If her concern is timing then - within reason - I am happy to have that discussion.

"But if it's only fair to be able to conclude Brexit negotiations before a referendum, then it's only fair that the people should have their say in the months after that, before the United Kingdom leaves the EU". But it is far from clear what the next steps by the Scottish government might be.

Mrs May last week rejected Ms Sturgeon's call for a second referendum on Scottish independence before Brexit, saying "now is not the time".

First minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticised the prime minister and her approach to the issue, accusing her of "arrogance" and comparing her unfavourably with Margaret Thatcher.

Like the 1980s, "there are people feeling disempowered by the policies of a Tory government they didn't vote for", said Graeme Sneddon, 25, another SNP member from Glasgow.

Mahony points out that Scotland's high budget deficit would also make Scotland's entry into the European Union even less likely.

Davidson also hit out at Sturgeon for failing to clarify what currency an independent Scotland would use, whether it would have its own central bank and whether Scotland would seek to re-join the European Union as a member state.

Ms Sturgeon has said she is determined to hold the ballot, setting out a timetable for it to take place between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

'The third option, a patriotic Scottish way and free from the absolutism of the SNP and the do-nothing-ism of the Tories, is now essential because post-Brexit realities make the status quo redundant and require us to break with the past, ' he is expected to say.

The latest Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times newspaper put support for Scottish independence at 44 percent, while 56 percent backed staying in the UK.

This is the "Barroso doctrine" - that if any part of an existing EU country becomes an independent state it has to apply for membership - and the European Commission has just reconfirmed that Scotland would be subject to this rule.

"In 2014, when I was arguing the case for independence, the United Kingdom was very firmly in the EU", Sturgeon said.

But more important is the flawed choice she has set out, between a "hard Tory Brexit" and an independent Scotland.

Apart from London, Scotland faces opposition from several other European Union states including Spain, which is facing independence campaigns from several regions, and whose leaders have said that a newly independent state would have to go through a years-long negotiation process to rejoin the bloc.

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