Nicola Sturgeon suffered a bruising interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr this morning, after the TV host rebuked the SNP leader’s independence referendum promises. In a tense grilling on the BBC, Marr pressed Nicola Sturgeon on whether she could give a “categorical promise” that a second independence referendum will happen this year. Mrs Sturgeon refused to “guarantee” that a vote to break up the UK would happen before the end of 2020, but insisted it’s what she is “working for”.
The BBC host rebuked: “You are not going to get it this year, are you?
“As long as Boris Johnson says no to you over your Section 30 order asking for a legal referendum, there is nothing you can do about it, absolutely nothing you can do.”
Scotland’s First Minister responded by claiming “this was not the case”.
Mrs Sturgeon refused to rule out “testing legal limits” of the Scottish Parliament by staging a referendum “without the consent of Westminster”.
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Marr pressed Nicola Sturgeon on whether she could give a “categorical promise” over indyref2
The BBC host rebuked the SNP leader’s independence referendum promises
She added: “It is not my preferred option. These things shouldn’t be settled legally. They should be settled politically.
“I don’t want a referendum to make a gesture, I want a referendum that can deliver independence.”
Marr pressed Mrs Sturgeon on the options the SNP had beyond taking the case for indyref2 to court.
The SNP leader responded: “The game changer is that the support for independence continues to rise.”
Sturgeon refused to “guarantee” that a vote to break up the UK would happen before the end of 2020
Mrs Sturgeon explained that the issue of independence had become more urgent due to Brexit.
The Scottish First Minister said: “The UK will be on a path of divergence from the EU. It is important to know if Scotland wants to be on that path.”
She also claimed that Boris Johnson’s constant rejection of the SNP’s demands over independence was “bolstering the SNP case”.
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Nicola Sturgeon suffered a bruising interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr this morning
Later in the interview, Mrs Sturgeon reiterated her desire to see an independent Scotland rejoin the European Union.
She said most officials in Brussels accept there are “no inherent difficulties” in an independent Scotland joining the EU.
However, she admitted that she wasn’t certain how a border between an independent Scotland part of the EU and the UK would work.
Mrs Sturgeon accepted there are “processes and treaties” that civil servants are working on to prove it can be done.