Nicola Sturgeon indyref2 plan exposed as SNP told they do not have a mandate

Sturgeon ‘dealt a blow’ to Scottish independence says Mark Dolan

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Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Alex Cole-Hamilton has exposed that Nicola Sturgeon does not have a mandate for a second independence referendum, saying that people voted for the SNP because they didn’t want to “change horses in the middle of a national crisis”.

Speaking to ITV Border RB, Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “There isn’t a mandate for a second independence referendum.

“And I say that advisedly because halfway through the campaign, Nicola pivoted away from calling for that mandate, and said, Who do you want us to leave lead us through the pandemic?”

He added: “People weren’t voting for the SNP in large numbers because of a hunger for independence or a referendum, they just didn’t want to change horses in the middle of a national crisis.”

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Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she has an “undeniable” mandate for a second Scottish independence referendum.

The SNP struck a deal with the Scottish Greens in bid for a second Independence referendum last month.

Scottish Greens’ co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater were officially approved as junior ministers by MSPs on Tuesday, making this power-sharing deal  “ground-breaking”.

The first minister of Scotland delivered a statement from Holyrood yesterday, saying that the mandate for another vote is now “secure” as the SNP and the Greens hold 72 of the 129 seats in the Scottish Parliament.

However,  Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross accused the SNP-Green coalition of having the sole aim of separating Scotland from the UK.

He warned against a “divisive” second independence referendum.

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He said in response to Ms Sturgeon’s statement: “This is not a deal that works for Scotland, this is a deal that works for Nicola Sturgeon.

“Trying to claim that this is not a coalition, that is quite simply a joke even by SNP standards.”

Nonetheless, Ms Sturgeon insisted:The decisions that will shape our society and economy and our place in the world must be determined, democratically, here in Scotland and not imposed upon us, so often against our will, by government at Westminster.”

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