News | Published October 14 2019

Sturgeon calls for second Scottish independence referendum

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister for Scotland, has announced plans to see government consent for a new independence vote before the new year.

She informed the leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, not to "bother picking up the phone" unless he was willing to support an independence referendum for Scotland.

She continued, asking Corbyn to understand "Scotland's right to choose our own future".

Corbyn has responded with opposition to a potential referendum, stating that he did not believe such a poll was "a good idea".

He continued that his current priorities are resolving “the Tory Brexit nightmare" and placing "transformative investment in Scotland's people, communities and public services".

Sturgeon also disclosed her support for removing prime minister Boris Johnson from office and holding an election.

She informed Andrew Marr that she was “ruling nothing out” in the following weeks, but that she believed an election would be likely.

According to Sturgeon, the SNP "will not put the Tories in office and are not in favour of coalitions".

In order to back a future "progressive alliance" government, Sturgeon demanded the promise of a referendum.

In order for a referendum to take place, Sturgeon requires the “section 30” request to be granted by UK ministers.

This legal mechanism is the same agreement used in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, which the SNP had promised would be a “once in a lifetime” occurrence.

There has been some support for a “plan B” which includes holding an unauthorised poll, or securing a majority in the coming election.

Sturgeon opposed this, stating "If I thought there was any quicker way, an easier way, a plan B that would get us there quicker, I would have taken it by now.”

Ian Blackford, the leader of the SNP in Westminster has confirmed to delegates the intention to hold a vote of no confidence in the government and the prime minister.

The comments coincide with the SNPs autumn conference, which will take place in Aberdeen.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
October 14 2019

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