Ian Blackford grilled by host on calls for independence referendum
Scotland First Minister is ramping up her campaign for a second Scottish independence referendum but Westminster has continued to insist the economic case does not exist Following the UK’s full departure from the European Union on New Year’s Eve, the SNP leader urged Brussels to “keep a light on” for Scotland. She tweeted a picture of the words Europe and Scotland attached by a love heart, adding: “Scotland will be back soon, Europe. Keep the light on.”
The image had previously been projected on to the side of the EU Commission building in Brussels.
Ms Sturgeon continued to put her case forward for Scotland to leave the Union, pointing to Ireland taking a seat at the UN Security Council for the next two years.
She wrote in another Twitter post: “As independent Ireland takes up her seat on the @UN Security Council today, not (yet) independent Scotland is taken out of the EU against our will.”
But in the latest Express.co.uk poll, readers have urged the Prime Minister not to bow to demands from Ms Sturgeon for a second referendum on Scottish independence.
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The poll, which ran from 2pm until 10pm on Saturday January 2, asked: “Should Boris Johnson call a Scottish independence referendum in 2021?”
A huge 74 percent (6,777 readers) of Express.co.uk readers urged the Prime Minister to call a Scottish independence referendum in 2021.
The remaining 26 percent (2,224 readers) said he should, while less than one percent (81 readers) were undecided.
One Express.co.uk reader said: “Definitely not. This would be against democracy as we understand it as the Scottish people have already voted on this issue and decided to remain in the union.
“You cannot just keep having a referendum on the issue until you get the result you prefer.
A second person wrote: “If he (Boris Johnson) does then the Rejoiners will be demanding a referendum to rejoin the EU in 6 years time.
“How could they be refused?
“Even if the result was the same it would have wasted millions.
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“I do not want to pay for another Scottish referendum either.”
Another reader commented: They have had their referendum, so no.
“If Boris does give in, the Remainers will demand another one.”
SNP deputy leader Keith Brown told Express.co.uk earlier this week it was “beyond doubt” the only way to protect Scotland’s people and interests were to “become an independent country inside the EU.”
But Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has said Scots “don’t need to view everything through the prism of independence”.
In his New Year Message, Mr Ross said: “The perpetual and phoney grievance of the SNP must be challenged.”
He stressed the importance of the 2021 Holyrood elections saying the “it is no exaggeration to say the country’s future was at stake. “
The Scottish Conservative leader: “On the ballot will be the SNPs obsessive determination to inflict another divisive independence referendum on the country.
“This, in the minds of the Nationalists, is more important than pulling together to help rebuild our shattered economy and a society scarred by the pandemic.
“They will give no credit to the strength of the United Kingdom, which was at its best in the face of the pandemic.
“Seeing our family of four proud nations working together in these dark times confirmed the power of our union.”
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