Sabato, 23 Settembre, 2017

Brexit - Britain: Scotland's Prime Minister relaunches debate on independence

Carmela Zoppi | 09 Settembre, 2016, 14:33

"It appears that the summer offensive, which will now be an autumn one, is aimed at persuading No voters to change".

"Do we control our own destiny or will we always be at the mercy of decisions taken elsewhere?"

Despite Sturgeon's insistence that the Brexit vote had shifted Scottish opinion, a YouGov poll for the Times Scotland on Friday suggested the figure in favour of independence had barely shifted over the past two years, despite the June referendum.

Her sensational claims come nearly two years after the September 2014 referendum where 55% of Scotland voted to stay part of the UK.

But in a nod to her critics, Sturgeon vowed not to skirt the hard economic questions and said a specially commissioned SNP group would consider an independence policy program aimed at expanding the economy, cutting fiscal deficit and deciding a monetary strategy.

"That's why I believe it is right that our party does now lead a new debate on independence", she said.

He said: "If we leave the campaign for Scotland's place in the United Kingdom to the Conservatives it will fail".

'It will run from now until St Andrew's Day (30 November).

The Sunday Times was also criticised for referring to the Scottish First Minister's miscarriage as a "tantalising secret" on the front page of the paper, a description Ms Davidson branded as "really, really off" and "terrible".

Sturgeon, who said that she wished she would have had children if she was able to "turn back the clock" but not if having a family meant sacrificing her career.

But she added: "While I take nothing for granted, I suspect support for independence will be even higher if it becomes clear that it is the best or only way to protect our interests".

She added: "There is a very real possibility that we are witnessing the end of Labour as a force to be reckoned with in British politics - perhaps the end of the Labour party full stop".

Davidson said: "This is a chance for Nicola Sturgeon to show the country she is serious about being a First Minister for all".

With improving education the "defining mission" of her government, Ms Sturgeon said an Education Bill would be brought in to make the necessary legislative changes.

"People in Scotland remember very well the promises that the Tory-led No campaign made in the run up to the 2014 referendum - on shipbuilding, on the European Union, on devolution and more - and they have watched as one-by-one these promises and pledges have been broken".

Support for European Union membership among Scots in the June "Brexit" referendum was 62%, putting Scotland at odds with much of the rest of Britain.

"We do not look back at the referendum on independence with much in the way of nostalgia".

The 2014 Scottish referendum was agreed between Edinburgh and Britain's national government, but it was a political agreement rather than a court ruling, said Professor Michael Keating, Director of the Centre on Constitutional Change thinktank.

Energy is being "diverted into an endless political campaign", she said, with Ms Sturgeon's list of legislation serving as "a warm-up act to nudge the independence caravan another few inches along the road".

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