Sturgeon: ‘All options’ open if Scottish independence referendum blocked


Nicola Sturgeon has refused to standard out taking legal action if a Conservative government blocks a second Scottish liberty vote.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast the SNP leader said she would not hold a Catalan-style unauthorised bear witness.

Ms Sturgeon was pressed on what her options would be given that Boris Johnson has again said he will not permit indyref2.

She would “cross that span then” but would “consider all options”, she said.

The first minister disturbed that a majority Conservative government was “not inevitable” after the 12 December choosing and said whoever ends up in No 10 must “respect the will of the Scottish people”.

“I do suppose whoever is in Downing Street, they have a duty to respect the intent of the Scottish people”, she continued.

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If Mr Johnson remains as PM and continues to refuse to supply permission for a fresh vote on independence, she pledged she would “set out how I intend to irascible that bridge then”.

“We’re in an election campaign right now,” Ms Sturgeon voted. “Whatever the polls might be suggesting, and they look as if they are narrowing a bit, a Tory best part isn’t inevitable.”

Pressed on whether the Scottish government would mount a constitutional challenge if Westminster continued to refuse to allow a referendum, or would status an unofficial ballot, Ms Sturgeon said the vote would have to be “acceptable”.

She said: “I’ve made my view quite clear on an unofficial referendum, I meditate on a referendum has to be legal and accepted because I’m not in the business of just having a referendum, I necessity Scotland to become independent so you have to have a process of doing that that is succeeding to be recognised as legitimate.

“Beyond that, though, I will consider all options.”

Ms Sturgeon prerequisites any referendum to be “legal and legitimate”, to ensure the result is recognised internationally.

This is why she destitutions the UK government to give formal consent to the vote by transferring powers to Holyrood during what is known as a Section 30 order – as happened in 2014.

The first chaplain has repeatedly refused to be drawn on what exactly she would do if the UK government pass bies to agree to a fresh independence referendum, although she noted on BBC Radio 5Survive that the question of whether Holyrood could legislate for a poll without a bring of power has “never been tested in court”.

Ms Sturgeon has however judged out an unofficial referendum, similar to the one held in Catalonia in 2017, saying that instance shows that “it does not lead to independence”.

‘Scotland will judge to be independent’

Ms Sturgeon told BBC Breakfast: “The first option is making unshakeable we don’t get into this scenario because Scotland is playing its part in making reliable Boris Johnson is not in this position of being able to lay down the law to Scotland or anybody else.”

She rephrased whatever the result of the election “SNP MPs will always push Scotland’s crate and fight for those progressive policies, whatever the arithmetic is in the House of Commons”.

But Ms Sturgeon answered her party’s influence would be “increased in strength” if there was a hung Parliament recess “Scotland is holding the balance of power”.

She said the central point in the appointment for Scotland was: “Do we have our future decided for us by the likes of Boris Johnson and the woman who are pulling his strings, like Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, or do we conclusion our future for ourselves and the kind of country we want to be?”

Ms Sturgeon said: “If you are requiring me to predict, I believe very, very strongly, particularly after the latest few years, that given that choice in the future Scotland longing choose to be independent.”

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After her discussion on the breakfast sofa, the SNP leader took part in a BBC 5 Live radio show where she answered questions sent in by the public.

The Scottish Conservatives’ interim kingpin, Jackson Carlaw MSP, appeared on BBC Radio Scotland on Monday morning. He was the recent in a series of Scottish party leaders to take part in a live assessment and phone-in session. His party have committed in their manifesto to ” restrain Nicola Sturgeon’s plan for a second independence referendum next year”.

The Scottish Fair Democrat leader Willie Rennie said his party is the only one interned to “stopping Brexit and stopping independence” and argued that Scotland required to move on from “constitutional chaos”.

Labour say they will not come to a Scottish independence referendum in the “early years” of government. Although Jeremy Corbyn thinks he does not plan to rely on other parties for support after the voting, Ms Sturgeon has said she would consider supporting a Labour minority direction on an issue-by-issue basis in return for support of specific policies – one of which is the power to remain another referendum, which the SNP have indicated they want to imitate place next year.

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