Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon skewered over Covid rules
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Scotland’s First Minister said the timetable for introducing a Bill for another independence vote would be decided in “the coming weeks”. But Alex Gallagher, councillor for the North Coast Ward, which takes in Largs, Fairlie, Skelmorlie, and Cumbrae, accused the First Minister of indulging “in displacement activity in place of effective action”.
In an article published in The Herald, Mr Gallagher outlined six reasons he believes there is no case for another vote.
He said the is “no economic case” as Scotland “benefits from pooling and sharing with the UK” adding Scotland would be “so much poorer after separation”.
He added: “And the EU will not ride to the rescue of a country with such a large deficit, without its own currency, no central bank and few foreign reserves.”
The councillor said there is “no historical care”, “no cultural case” saying the lives and attitudes of people in Aberdeen and Glasgow are “little different” to those in British cities and rural life “is much the same” across the UK.
Ms Sturgeon wants to hold another referendum by the end of 2023, following the last in September 2014.
Asked by the BBC’s Sophie Raworth when the legislation would be tabled, Ms Sturgeon said: “The preparatory work for that is underway right now. We haven’t decided on the date that we would seek to introduce the Bill. We’ll decide that in the coming weeks.
“But my intention is to take the steps that will facilitate a referendum happening before the end of 2023.”
Mr Gallagher went on to list more reasons he is opposed to another referendum, adding “there is no legal case”, “no geographical case” and “no democratic case”.
He said: “We are 65 million people crammed on to a small island. The very idea of splitting up into different countries in a world where size and influence matters could serve as the very definition of foolishness.”
Mr Gallagher continued: “Instead of continually distracting the faithful with referendums that never happened, Ms Sturgeon should be considering why, after 90 years in existence, her party has dismally failed to create even the semblance of an evidence-led case for independence.
“Let me give her a clue: there is no such case, it does not exist, it never has.”
Ms Sturgeon has even set out plans to stage her own vote if Boris Johnson refuses to hand over the necessary legal powers.
An Ipsos Mori survey on support for Scottish independence conducted in December put the Yes vote at 55 percent.
Speaking to the BBC on Sunday Ms Sturgeon said: “Support for independence, I believe is rising.
“I think when Scotland comes to choose, we will choose independence, not just because of the current occupant in Number 10.
“But what that is illustrating very powerfully is the fact that Scotland too often ends up with things imposed upon us – Brexit, for example, or being governed by people and by parties that we don’t choose.”
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