Sturgeon willing to discuss 'within reason' timing of referendum
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 9:25
Nicola Sturgeon has warned Theresa May that a referendum on Scottish independence is inevitable, just days after the prime minister said she would block a vote on the country's future before the United Kingdom leaves the EU.
In a separate interview with Sky News, Sturgeon said her party was now looking into the currency options for an independent Scotland but "the starting point of our consideration" would be that it continues to use sterling.
Apart from London, Scotland faces opposition from several other European Union states including Spain, which is facing independence campaigns from several regions, and whose leaders have said that a newly independent state would have to go through a years-long negotiation process to rejoin the bloc.
A later section of the speech sounded promising, when Ms Sturgeon said the people of Scotland deserved "to hear us speak frankly about the challenges facing the Scottish economy" and the "challenges of independence".
Addressing everyone who is sick of Brexit, budget U-turns and party in-fighting, Scotland's First Minister said they should go north and become part of an "outward-looking, compassionate country".
Nicola Sturgeon has warned the Prime Minister her opposition to a second independence referendum will this week become "democratically indefensible" as she tabled a motion at the Scottish Parliament asking for the go-ahead.
Initially, Sturgeon spoke of "safeguarding" Scotland's place in the European Union but gradually she has begun to prioritize membership of the single market instead.
"The economics of independence was widely thought to be a key factor behind the 'No'vote in 2014 and it is likely that this would remain a major hurdle to the SNP winning any a future referendum". The only question is what kind of change.
"Whatever our different opinions on independence, we can all unite around this simple principle - Scotland's future must be Scotland's choice".
These rights could be swept away if Mrs May, after last June's Brexit referendum, brutally severs ties with the European Union, the SNP says.
"And we will ask Parliament's permission to seek the legal authority that will allow the people of Scotland to have that choice".
Ther former Prime Minister and Kirkcaldy MP wants a wide range of extra powers for Holyrood. You might even think that because of this (self) importance the Holyrood Parliament is Scotland, that what happens there determines everything that matters and that because its members have been elected it is an accurate reflection of Scotland's collective mind, if there were such a thing.
Sturgeonwill also be letting it be known that she would be "up for continued discussion" with May regarding the timing of a referendum.
In response, British Prime Minister Theresa May said "now is not the time" for another referendum, arguing all energies should be devoted to getting a good Brexit deal for Britain as a whole.
In September 2014, some 55 percent of the Scottish people voted against becoming an independent country.
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: "Nicola Sturgeon said as late as Thursday that a referendum after April 2019 would be "too late". She will need to secure authorization from the United Kingdom government.
"We will work with business to lift the upfront burden of upskilling Scotland's workforce from the balance sheets of business, giving firms the freedom to invest in their staff and in their future".