Nicola Sturgeon’s argument for an independence referendum was swiftly dismantled during this week’s First Minister’s Question in Holyrood. The SNP leader and Scottish First Minister repeatedly insisted that December’s general election returned a mandate for a referendum. However, MSP Mike Rumbles pointed out to Ms Sturgeon that the majority of voters chose candidates who were vehemently opposed to another referendum.
Mr Rumbles’ shock intervention quickly saw the SNP’s argument unravel and provoked an awkward response from the First Minister.
The Liberal Democrat MSP said: “The First Minister is fond of talking about democratic mandates.
“But does she not realise 55 percent of Scottish voters voted for candidates opposed to another independence referendum?
“You want to listen to the Scottish voters.”
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This remarked prompted a huge uproar in the chamber, leading to loud boos from SNP Members of Scottish Parliament.
The chair of the session hit out at the SNP members for disrupting Mr Rumbles, adding: “Let’s hear the question!”
Mr Rumbles then said: “You want to listen to the Scottish voters and that level of opposition has not changed one iota since 2014.”
Ms Sturgeon struggled to respond to the often overlooked election fact.