Calls for FM to back down over in­dyref2

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By PARIS GOURTSOYANNIS

Nicola Stur­geon has been told to rule out a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum af­ter one of her se­nior MPS said in­dyref2 would be called if Scot­land is ig­nored on Brexit.

The First Min­is­ter backed Tommy Shep­pard af­ter he told West­min­ster on Mon­day that the Scottish Gov­ern­ment’s man­date to hold an­other in­de­pen­dence vote “will be ex­e­cuted” if Brexit goes ahead with­out con­sent from Holy­rood.

His comments raised the tem­per­a­ture ahead of Mrs Stur­geon’s meet­ing with the Prime Min­is­ter in Down­ing Street. It fol­lows a “re­set” of SNP de­mands for in­dyref2 af­ter the Brexit vote failed to boost sup­port for an­other ref­er­en­dum.

Asked about Mr Shep­pard’s comments out­side No10 last night, Ms Stur­geon said: “He was ar­tic­u­lat­ing the po­si­tion that is the long-stand­ing po­si­tion of the Scottish Gov­ern­ment. We have a man­date for that within this ses­sion of the Scottish Par­lia­ment, but I’ve been very clear that we will take no fur­ther de­ci­sion around the tim­ing un­til other as­pects of Brexit are clear.” 0 Adam Tomkins hit out at talk of a sec­ond in­dyref

Con­ser­va­tive MP Ross Thom­son said Mr Shep­pard’s comments were an “outrage” and showed the SNP would “use any ex­cuse to take Scot­land back to a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum”. And Adam Tomkins MSP, the party’s con­sti­tu­tion spokesman, said: “The Scottish Con­ser­va­tives are com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing Brexit in a way that pro­tects the UK in­ter­nal mar­ket and re­spects de­vo­lu­tion.

“The way to de­liver that is through di­a­logue and com­pro­mise – not through the same old tired Na­tion­al­ist threats. It’s time the SNP lis­tened for once and re­spected the re­sults of both ref­er­en­dums we have been through.”

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