Nicola Sturgeon is set to have a big year as she keeps her “foot on the throat of the UK Government”, according to Sky’s Kay Burley and former Labour political adviser Ayesha Hazarika. The SNP leader was “certainly thrilled” with her party’s election result, and will probably be the “big voice of opposition to Brexit” now. This may mean that the Scot could use Brexit as a “lever” for a second independence referendum.
Ms Hazarika predicted a shift in the political landscape because of the SNP’s big win.
She said: “There was another victor on the night of the election, and that was Nicola Sturgeon.
“She will be very much using Brexit as a lever to stimulate the debate on Scottish independence.
“She and the SNP will probably be the big voice of opposition to Brexit rather than the Liberal Democrats or the Labour Party.”
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The SNP gained 13 seats to hold 48 of the 59 Scottish battleground.
The SNP gained 13 seats to hold 48 of the 59 Scottish battlegrounds.
They even managed to oust now ex-Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson.
Ms Burley said of Ms Sturgeon: “She was certainly thrilled on the night, wasn’t she?
“She’s going to keep her foot on the throat of the UK Government throughout the year, looking for that indyref two.”
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In her victory speech, the SNP MP said: “Westminster has ignored people in Scotland for three years. Last night the people of Scotland said – enough. It is time for Boris Johnson to start listening.
“I accept – regretfully – that he has a mandate for Brexit in England, but he has no mandate whatsoever to take Scotland out of the EU.
“If he presses ahead he will drive a coach and horses through the very idea that is supposed to underpin the UK – the idea that this union is a partnership of equal nations.”
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In contrast, Labour suffered a devastating loss, dropping 59 seats to 203.
24 of their strongest constituencies swung to the Tories for the first time in decades.
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party seriously hurt the Labour vote, but achieved zero seats at the end of election night.
The Conservatives achieved 365 seats, giving them a majority of 80 in the House of Commons.
Ms Swinson’s loss to the SNP caused her party’s numbers to drop down to 11.