Sturgeon gives a rallying cry against Boris “standing” in his path “You will not succeed!” | Politics | New
Nicola Sturgeon warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other Westminster MPs that they would “fail” to bring down Scottish independence, saying they would present the “strongest” argument for the independence if they challenge the will of the Scottish people in court. She added that it was now for the Scottish Parliament to decide on the date of the referendum as she shifted her rhetoric towards tackling the pandemic and other national issues. The Prime Minister also declared that the Scottish people are “sovereign” and found “absurd” that there are political parties whose only mission is to block their mandate of independence.
Speaking to BBC News, Ms Sturgeon was asked about her views on securing Scottish independence now that the SNP will not have a majority in Holyrood.
She replied, “Getting through the Covid crisis has to come first and that’s what I’m going to deliver.
“I will return to work tomorrow to continue to guide us through the Covid crisis.”
Ms Sturgeon was questioned ahead of the announcement of the final results and said that despite the lack of a majority, the SNP and parliament had a democratic commitment to independence, with parties supporting the issue leading to Holyrood .
She explained: “By any normal standard of democracy, this majority should have the commitments they made to the people of Scotland to honor.
“So for any Westminster politician who is trying to block this, I would say two things.
“First, you are not fighting with the SNP, you are fighting with the democratic wishes of the Scottish people.
“And secondly you won’t succeed, the only people who can decide Scotland’s future are the Scots.
“No Westminster politician can and should oppose this.”
The SNP leader was then asked when she would propose the referendum after taking a stand on a promising manifesto.
SNP Commons chief Ian Blackford has shown his support for a referendum in six months and said Christmas would be a good time.
SNP chairman Michael Russell, on the other hand, wants the referendum to be held in 2022.
But some independence supporters have warned that the SNP must capitalize on the demand for and support for independence now or risk losing it forever.
Scottish Independence Party leader Colette Walker told Express.co.uk she fears Ms Sturgeon will have to move the referendum now because the polls have already made a lot of headway.