Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland's future 'should not be imposed'


Nicola Sturgeon has emphasized that Scotland’s future should be decided by the people who live there slightly than being «imposed upon us».

The first minister was speaking as she implored Holyrood to back her call for a second independence referendum.

Ms Sturgeon wants a signify ones opinion to be held in the autumn of next year or the spring of 2019.

But the UK government has already revealed it would block the move until after the country leaves the EU.

Scottish Conventional leader Ruth Davidson claimed voters were «sick to dying of the SNP’s games» over independence as the pro-UK opposition parties argued that there was no zeal for another referendum just two and a half years after the first one.

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Ms Sturgeon’s minority SNP government is asking the Scottish Parliament to back its maps to ask Westminster for a section 30 order, which is needed to make a referendum legally vexation.

The government is expected to win Wednesday’s vote with the support of the Scottish Greens — without thought opposition from the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.

They bicker that most people do not want another referendum, and that it settle upon only lead to greater division and uncertainty in the country.

Ms Sturgeon admitted to MSPs that many people do not relish the prospect of another referendum, but held that the only alternative was «simply to drift through the next two years, crossing our disappear controls, hoping for the best while fearing the worst.»

She added: «It would humble accepting that at the end of this process we will not even have the selection of choosing an alternative path, and that the direction of our nation will be certain for us.

«I do not consider that to be right, or fair. The future of Scotland should not be put upon us, it should be the choice of the people of Scotland.»

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Ms Sturgeon answered the Scottish government had made a number of compromise proposals aimed at take under ones wing Scotland from the «impact» of Brexit.

And she insisted that «had any one of these programmes been accepted by the UK government, we would not be having this debate today».

The beginning minister said a manifesto commitment to hold a vote on independence in the result of a «material change in circumstances» from the 2014 referendum gave her an «positive democratic mandate».

And she said that attempting to block a referendum «runs the real risk of undermining the democratic process».

Ms Sturgeon added: «All of this lady-killers fundamental questions for Scotland. If the UK government can ignore this parliament on one of the uncountable fundamental issues that the country faces, what meaning can continuously be attached to the idea that the UK is a partnership of equals?»

On the key question of timing of any certify, she insisted this should be for Holyrood to decide, as it had done in the 2014 self-direction referendum — when Scotland voted by 55% to 45% to remain in the UK.

But she commanded the UK government should «set out a clear alternative and the rationale for it» if it did not agree with her timescale.

Mr Sturgeon summed: «As I have said in recent days, I am, within reason, happy to play a joke on that discussion to see if we can find common ground that I can then make a pass at to this parliament.»


By BBC Scotland political editor Brian Taylor

There was much fevered talk of manifesto commitments and mandates during Day One of the referendum consideration at Holyrood. (Or, more precisely, Day One of the demand for a Section 30 transfer of powers in also kelter to hold such a referendum.)

However, party leaders seemed mostly weep to talk about promises delivered by their rivals — and the attendant mandates. Or their truancy.

For example, Ruth Davidson of the Tories vehemently queried the right of the In front Minister to be demanding Indyref2.

In the run up to the first vote in 2014, Ms Davidson disavowed that the SNP had talked of a «once in a generation» opportunity. She recalled further that the Nationalists had ran out a rerun in the absence of discernible public demand.

In response, the First Help, Nicola Sturgeon, said it was the Tories who had created the rethink. She said it weighed heavily with her that she felt thankful to contemplate a further referendum which many didn’t relish.

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Prime Minister Theresa May said hindmost week that «now is not the time» for a referendum, insisting that the focus should in lieu of be on getting the best deal for the whole of the UK during the forthcoming negotiations with the EU.

How on earth Mrs May, who will formally notify the EU next Wednesday that the UK is leaving, did not superintend out a vote on independence being held after Brexit.

Her Scottish secretary, David Mundell, laster clarified that the UK government «will not be entering into discussions or concordats about a Section 30 agreement» during the Brexit talks, and that any requisition «at this time» will be declined.

The Scottish Conservatives have recorded an amendment calling for Holyrood to rule out a referendum before April 2019 — the month after the UK is thought to leave the EU.

The party’s leader, Ruth Davidson, said that uncountable people in Scotland are «sick to death of the SNP’s games».

She added: «They don’t call for another referendum any time soon, just three years after the at one. The SNP’s plan was not actually about trying to hold a fair, legal and decisive referendum.

«It was all over a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster officials to point that out, then rush to any nearby microphone — angry overlook attached — to trot out the same old tired complaints.»

‘Stronger together’

Scottish Drudgery leader Kezia Dugdale pledged that the party would «drive with everything we have to remain in the UK».

She told MSPs: «I believe in the Cooperative Kingdom not as a symbol of past glories or purest ideology, but as a living, exhaling union of nations that delivers for the people of Scotland.

Ms Dugdale also utter the UK would be «stronger together, more so than we could ever be distinctly», and accused the SNP of wanting to «replace Tory austerity with turbo-charged austerity».

Scottish Non-professionals co-convener Patrick Harvie said it was «absurd to suggest that we should not react to to and react to the fundamentally-changed circumstances we now find ourselves in.»

Scottish Liberal Democrat kingpin Willie Rennie said the Scottish Parliament had been «systematically debilitated by the SNP when it does not agree with the SNP», highlighting votes which he said the SNP had irreparable and then ignored.

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