‘Get on with it!’ Nicola Sturgeon warned over delayed independence vote by Alex Salmond

Nicola Sturgeon should 'get on with it' says Alex Salmond

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Alex Salmond told LBC that Nicola Sturgeon risks handing the initiative to Westminster regarding Scottish independence if she continues to delay exercising her mandate from the 2021 Holyrood elections. He added that the SNP’s victory in the Scottish Parliamentary elections makes the mandate for a second independence referendum absolutely clear.

Mr Salmond said: “I do not have the responsibility now, Nicola does.

“My advice as far as it is worth would be to get on with it.

“The longer this mandate is being delayed in being exercised the more the initiative will lie with Westminster.”

He added: “The mandate from this election for Nicola Sturgeon is absolutely clear.”

The SNP won the 2021 Holyrood election falling just one short of an overall majority.

The 2021 election victory was the SNP’s fourth consecutive win in Scotland.

Last month, GMB’s Susanna Reid slammed Ian Blackford after he claimed the SNP’s Holyrood election victory was a mandate for a second referendum on Scottish independence.

She pointed to the fact the Conservative Party and the Welsh Labour Party also saw success in the May elections, highlighting backing for the current Governments across the UK rather than a desire for independence. 

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Ms Reid said: “It looks like people have voted for the leaders that have been in charge.”

“We have seen that with Labour in Wales, we have seen that with Boris Johnson in England and we have seen that with Nicola Sturgeon in Scotland.

“This was not a vote for independence, the polls do not show overwhelming support for independence.”

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Mr Blackford replied: “I don’t think anyone can be mistaken Susanna that the SNP stands for Scottish independence.

“It was front and centre of our election campaign.”

He added: “What we are talking about is having that independence referendum after we come out of this crisis.

“We are not talking about doing it before it.”

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