Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Sturgeon softens attitude to timing of independence poll

Sturgeon softens attitude to timing of independence poll

Following a week of back-and-forth between Holyrood and Westminster on the subject, the Scottish Conservatives leader and MSP for Edinburgh Central said she was "furious" at SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon for thinking that a vote to remain in the European Union was a "green light" for independence. At no stage do they explain why the necessarily global struggle for socialism makes separation either desirable or necessary, because in reality they have no intention of fighting for a "socialist" Scotland, England, Europe or anywhere else.

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

Call them Yes-Leavers: Of the 1 million Scots who voted Leave in last year's European Union referendum, one analysis indicates that as many as 400,000 also supported Scottish independence from the the 2014 vote on the issue. "Now is not the time", said Mrs May.

Under the UK's constitutional arrangements, Britain's parliament needs to sign off on any legally binding vote in Scotland.

In an interview on ITV's Peston on Sunday programme, Miss Sturgeon admitted there may be "room for discussions" about the timing of the proposed referendum.

"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". The government in London, again, is ignoring the will of the Scottish people, they say.

She will tell the SNP conference that the will of the Scottish Parliament "must and will prevail" over the issue.

As we head to a second independence referendum Wood points out that Scotland has historically accounted for 9-9.5% of UK GDP, "though that share has fallen recently as the Scottish economy has underperformed the wider UK". In terms of inward investment, trade, and the diversity it enjoys as a effect of the free movement of people across the EU, Scotland has been enriched by its membership of an economic and monetary union that suddenly finds its very foundations under threat by dint of centrifugal right-wing forces that have emerged across the continent to an extent not seen since the 1930s.

Her reasoning for doing so is the intransigence of UK Prime Minister Theresa May's government in refusing to countenance the prospect of Scotland being given leave to secure a separate arrangement with Brussels, whereby it could retain its membership of the single market regardless of Brexit.

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

Sturgeon is planning for the referendum to be held sometimes between autumn 2018 and spring 2019, when the terms of the UK's Brexit deal are known.

The Panelbase survey for The Sunday Times and LBC was conducted in the days after Nicola Sturgeon announced her intention to push for a second referendum.

Support for Scottish independence has fallen to 44 per cent, according to a new poll conducted by Panelbase.

"We should be working together to get that right deal for Scotland, that right deal for the UK".

The British and Scottish leaders traded barbs Tuesday over Scotland's desire to hold a vote on independence just as the negotiating its exit from the European Union.

Nicola Sturgeon has said an independent Scotland would keep the pound because it is "our currency as much as it is the currency of anywhere else".

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