Sturgeon To Tell SNP Conference: ‘I Want TWO Referendums This Parliament’
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured above) is to tell her party faithful at the SNP Conference in Glasgow today that she wants TWO referendums this parliament, to deliver her aim of Scotland being ‘independent in Europe’. Ms Sturgeon knows that an independent Scotland would not automatically be granted entry to the EU once Britain has left, and so the first vote she is calling for is for a second referendum to reverse the Brexit decision. This is also to prevent pressure from Leave voters in her own party, who want Scotland to stay out of the EU if it becomes independent.
The SNP Leader then hopes to stop Brexit with the first referendum before holding a second referendum on leaving the UK. She hopes then that with Britain still in the EU that Scotland would under these circumstances be able to stay in Europe as an independent country. However, her approach is drawing increasing criticism from delegates, many of whom blame the First Minister for their poor showing in the General Election in June.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Let me just, for the sake of clarity we have a mandate for this parliament.
‘We won that mandate last year but after the general election I heard clearly people saying with the uncertainty of Brexit it was premature to be definitive about a timescale right now.”
She added: “So I have said I will not consider the timescale until there is a greater clarity about the Brexit talks.
“I am not going to go any further than that, that’s my position.”
“And with her penchant for re-running democratic referendums, it’s no surprise to hear her hint at another vote.
“But the people of Scotland are sick of these games, and want a government who will get on and make a success of Brexit, not use it to stoke grievance.”
Ahead of the conference SNP former Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick said she had abandoned supporting the policy because of Brussels’ refusal to protect Catalonia from Spanish police brutality.
“I look at what they have allowed and enabled to happen in Catalonia and I don’t want any part of it. Right now, I cannot see any advantages of being part of the EU when we have got its leaders refusing point blank to intervene and condemn the actions of Spain.”
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.