Sturgeon emphasises 'cooperation' of SNP in conference speech
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Nicola Sturgeon told SNP members that “democracy must – and will – prevail” to allow another vote on Scottish independence. The First Minister has asked the UK Government to agree to another Scottish independence referendum “in the spirit of co-operation”. But her words have received significant criticism online.
The SNP leader has called for another referendum by the end of 2023 when the coronavirus pandemic is over, although the UK Government remains opposed to another vote.
Ms Sturgeon told the conference: “My approach to government and to politics will be, as far as possible, co-operation not confrontation.
“The experience of the pandemic and the challenges we face as a result reinforces my view that this is the right approach.
“So it is in that spirit of co-operation that I hope the Scottish and UK governments can reach agreement – as we did in 2014 – to allow the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland to be heard and respected.
“But, this much is clear: democracy must – and will – prevail.”
She added: “The United Kingdom is after all a voluntary union of nations.
“Until recently no one seriously challenged the right of the people in Scotland to choose whether or not they wished to become independent.
“Frankly it is not up to a Westminster government which has just six MPs in Scotland to decide our future without the consent of the people who live here.
Sturgeon says it’s right that Scotland should ‘decide future’
“As an independent country, co-operation between Scotland and our friends across the rest of the UK will continue, but it will be on a better basis: Scotland will be an equal partner.”
One Twitter user accused Ms Sturgeon of “staggering hypocrisy”.
Another added: “Laughable, what about the democracy of the first referendum voters, and Brexit voters? Clearly, Sturgeon is a hypocrite.”
A third person wrote: “Will no one ever take Sturgeon and her co-office workers to task that they have blatantly dismissed the democracy of 2014?”
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