Sturgeon says 'UK economy is fundamentally on the wrong path'
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Nicola Sturgeon’s “aggressive nationalism” has been torn apart in a five-point attack of her independence ambitions. The SNP leader was blasted over “toxic” rhetoric as she was accused of helping to sow “division”.
Scotland’s First Minister said no country would toady choose to be in a “travesty of a partnership” with Westminster.
She timed her comments with exactly one year to go until her proposed second referendum date on independence.
Upon making her most recent attack on the UK, Ms Sturgeon was scolded for “trying to stoke up grievance” in order to “further her political aims”.
The more nationalists use “divisive” language, the more they reveal they have “run out of ideas”, according to Scotland in Union.
This is a cross-party, pro-UK group which launched in March 2015.
Laying out five counters to Ms Sturgeon’s comments, Chief Executive Pamela Nash said: “As usual, the First Minister is trying to stoke up grievance and division among Scottish people to further her own political aims, when a clear majority do not want a referendum next year at all.
“The more the nationalists stoop to this kind of toxic rhetoric, the more it shows they have run out of ideas.
“The answer to the recent financial turmoil we have seen is not to create infinitely more chaos that we would see by breaking up the UK.
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“Perhaps she should use this opportunity to drop her plans for another divisive vote and focus on what really matters.
“The people of the UK are stronger together, and we can all enjoy a bright future by rejecting the kind of aggressive nationalism being put forward by the SNP.”
Ms Sturgeon has proposed that a “legal, constitutional referendum” be held on October 19, 2023.
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The power to warrant such a vote should lie in Westminster, which is opposed to a second referendum.
The First Minister has, as such, approached the UK Supreme Court, tasking it with deciding whether the Scottish Parliament has the legal authority to hold a referendum.
The two-day hearing began in the court earlier this week.
Lord Reed, President of the court, warned, however, that it could take “some months” before a ruling is given, adding that there are more than 8,000 pages of written material to be considered.
Ms Sturgeon said: “A year today, I want people in Scotland to be able to go to the polls and choose that better future.”
But she added that even if the Supreme Court rules against her Government, she will treat the next general election as a “de facto” referendum.
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