United Kingdom election will determine future direction of Scotland - Sturgeon
- Author: Jack Replman Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 1:46
Scotland's First Minister said: "She is clearly betting that the Tories can win a bigger majority in England given the utter disarray in the Labour Party".
British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to seek an early election on June 8 gives Scotland a chance to reinforce its democratic mandate to hold an independence referendum, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon suggested on Tuesday. It's not about Scotland, it's not about the political issues Scotland cares about, it's all about transforming Britain into a right-wing fantasy nation.
Meanwhile the Greens called Theresa May "weak and opportunist", while the Lib Dems have welcomed the announcement and Labour said it is "ready".
If the United Kingdom and the other 27 European Union countries "agree and ratify a divorce deal within the two-year timetable" laid down by Article 50, Ms Hughes said many details of this would be clear by March 2019, including over issues such as the rights of European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom, the objectives of future trade deals between the United Kingdom and Europe and what transition arrangements will be put in place when Britain departs.
A substantial amount of information about the UK Brexit deal will be available by the time Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold a second referendum on independence, a think tank has insisted.
Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said the upcoming general election would give voters a "significant and historic choice". We will start the process of selecting our candidates this afternoon. And with Jeremy Corbyn having already said he is "absolutely fine" with an immediate referendum, we also know that Labour can't be relied to stand up to them.
"The UK Government really needs to take a step back from this, they need to look at the policy as a whole but particularly this guidance". Our optimistic agenda is pro-UK, pro-EU and progressive.
"At this election we will stand for a economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few; a Britain that's open to the world and the protection of our precious environment".
At present the Tories, like Labour and the Liberal Democrats, have just one MP north of the border. Scotland now has only one solution to this, one future different from the nasty isolationism an unstoppable Tory majority at Westminster ensures.
"She should be focusing on trying to undo some of the damage her approach to Brexit has done and enabling us in Scotland to have our voices heard".
" If Scotland were to vote "yes" in March 2019 to independence, it would take at least 18 months or longer to become independent", she stated in the paper. "When the spotlight falls on her unyielding, racist and hate-filled politics, I am confident that this move will backfire". Charities including Rape Crisis Scotland and Scottish Women's Aid said they would not co-operate with the clause. Improving on that performance in the election in June would be hard, but it could well do better than the 50% share of the vote it achieved at the last general election in 2015 - particularly as it has used the fact that Scotland voted against Brexit as its main argument for calling for another independence referendum.
Speaking at the campaign launch in Edinburgh, Dugdale said: "Communities which have voted SNP since 2011 feel left behind by a Scottish Government that is only interested in running another referendum".
On June 8, the SNP will emerge as the largest party north of the border, but maintaining its current level of dominance will be extremely hard.