Nicola Sturgeon told to ‘forget’ second independence referendum in landslide poll
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It comes as the SNP geared to launch another Scottish independence bid following the approval of a Plan B motion. The party agreed to the wording of a motion which could see the next Holyrood elections turn into a de facto independence referendum.
So this website asked readers whether the First Minister and the SNP should hold another independence referendum?
A huge 84 percent, 9,704 of readers said no making clear the results of the 2014 independence vote where the majority of Scots preferred staying in the Union.
This is compared to just 14 percent, 1,658 of readers who voted Yes whilst 6 percent said they Didn’t Know.
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said: “It is clear in poll after poll that people in Scotland want politicians to focus on what really matters – jobs, education and the NHS.
“Next year, voters deserve an election campaign that holds the SNP government to account for its failures in office and concentrates on economic recovery and the future of our public services – not a referendum on a referendum.”
One reader said: “The SNP obviously don’t accept democratic decisions so there is no point in giving them another referendum.”
A second reader added: “If the SNP were to lose, then they would just demand another, and keep doing so until they finally win.”
A third reader would be willing to hand Scotland another referendum, but only if they clearly lay out the terms.
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They said: “I don’t mind them having another vote but only after Sturgeon, Blackford and the SNP accept the following criteria.
“After all they were the first to complain that the Leave campaign for Brexit till not tell the who;e truth and nothing but the truth.
“They must explain in full before any referendum that Scotland: Will no longer use Sterling as their currency.
“Will no longer receive the Barnett Formula.
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“The EU will most likely not accept Scotland with their current financial situation as it breaks EU Rules (No deficit on GDP greater than three percent). Scotland’s is currently eight percent deficit.
“When and if allowed to join the EU. The rules state that a joining country must be part of the Schengen Agreement (The EU can tell the country how many migrants they must have.)
“The joining country must be prepared to have the Euro as its currency. The EU is currently in discussions on new tax reforms which will apply throughout the EU.
“The Scottish Government must run for four & a half years without any financial assistance from the rest of the UK. If these are all explained in full FIRST as to how Scotland will meet and deal with these issues. Then go for it.”
At the same time, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has revealed proposals for a draft Bill on a second referendum during her programme of Government ahead of next year’s elections.
Ms Sturgeon said next year’s Holyrood election will “make the case for Scotland to become an independent country and seek a clear endorsement of Scotland’s right to choose our own future”.
This is despite Boris Johnson making clear there will be no second independence vote after the 2014 vote stressing no Section 30 referendum order would be granted.
But adding of the second independence bill, Ms Nash said: “This is the very last thing Scotland needs.
“The entire focus of the Government should be on the coronavirus crisis; it is beyond belief that Nicola Sturgeon is choosing now to divide communities once again when she should be working to bring the country together.”
But Keith Brown, deputy leader of the SNP, claimed the rising and unsustainable cost to Scotland’s future of a Tory government people here didn’t vote for has “never been clearer.”
He added: “Faced with the increasing threat of a hard or No-Deal Brexit, and an unprecedented power grab on the hard-won powers of the Scottish Parliament, it’s no wonder people in Scotland are demanding the right to choose a better future.
“With Westminster in chaos, and Boris Johnson in Downing Street, an independent, progressive Scotland in Europe is becoming the settled will of the people of Scotland.
“Boris Johnson’s undemocratic attempt to deny the people of Scotland the right to choose their own future is now utterly unsustainable.
Express.co.uk asked 11,431 readers between 5pm on September 29th and 7am on September 30th, 2020.
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