Sturgeon plan torn apart: EU will ‘wipe their boots on Scotland to get one over on UK’

Andrew Bowie asks ‘why did Sturgeon mislead Scottish people’

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Nicola Sturgeon is determined to push ahead with a public vote on membership of the UK despite failing to secure a parliamentary majority in last week’s elections. The First Minister has argued there is a mandate for another independence referendum because when Scots rejected independence in 2014 Brexit was not on the table.

Professor Michael Keating, a political scientist at the University of Aberdeen, told Express.co.uk that “there is no reason why Scotland could not join” the club of nations if it left the UK.

He insisted “it is nothing like Catalonia” and said while the Spanish constitution says Catalonia cannot leave “Scotland is different”.

He added: “Unilateral secessions are completely different matters.”

Express.co.uk readers were quick to react to his comments, with some saying the Prime Minister needs to step up to block a so-called indyref2.

In comments, one person said Mr Johnson must show strength on the issue and be willing to go to court to stop the SNP-led Scottish government from holding a ballot.

The reader said: “Boris Johnson should throw his gloves down to show them his iron fists: ‘See you in court, UK Supreme Court .'”

A second reader said while Scotland could vote to leave the Union the nation would undoubtedly thrive without the support of the other nations.

They said: “The key difference between Catalonia and Scotland is that Catalonia could stand alone whilst Scotland could not.”

And yet a third reader appeared sceptical of Ms Sturgeon’s masterplan.

They said it is a “joke” for Scots to believe the EU would welcome them back with open arms, given their economic problems.

The person wrote: “They can have her and all the debt.

“What are they going to flog them? Whiskey? What a joke.”

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Others predicted the EU would capitalise on any division within the UK and seek to get back at Mr Johnson and his fellow Brexiteers.

The reader suggested the bloc could use Scotland to punish England, Wales and Northern Ireland – and said the plan would be spearheaded by the French and the Germans.

They explained: “The bullies of Germany and France would just love wiping their boots on Scotland as a means of getting one over on the UK.”

Another said if Scotland did not have the support of the UK and rejoined the EU it would be unbearable for many Scots to remain in their homeland.

The person predicted: “We will need a very hard border because they won’t want to stay there.”

Another said there is no way Scotland could contribute to the EU’s common pot, saying: “Good luck with that then.

“I hope the EU have deep pockets – they’ll need them if Scotland joins because they certainly won’t be making any contribution.”

Earlier this week Ms Sturgeon discussed her favourite topic with the Prime Minister on the phone.

She told him it is a “matter of when – not if” another vote on whether to split the Union would take place following the election of a pro-independence majority in Holyrood.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove used his Sunday broadcast interviews to signal that the UK Government was not prepared to sanction a follow-up to 2014’s referendum after the

SNP failed to secure a majority at the Scottish parliament elections.

Mr Gove said the result, in which Ms Sturgeon secured a fourth successive term in power for the SNP but fell one seat short of gaining a 65-seat majority in the Edinburgh parliament, indicated that it was “not the case that the people of Scotland are agitating for a referendum”.

Instead, he said, the SNPs should “concentrate on recovery” from the coronavirus pandemic.

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