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SNP’s ‘nonsensical’ independence case dismantled as Sturgeon told to ‘respect democracy’

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The UK Government’s Scottish Secretary Alister Jack fired back at growing SNP demands for another independence referendum. Speaking to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland, Mr Jack brilliantly dismantled the SNP’s case for independence as “a lot of nonsense”. This comes despite a consistent rise in support for Scottish independence in opinion polls.

The Scottish Secretary told the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to “respect democracy” after the SNP’s Constitution Secretary Mike Russell suggested a new vote could be held as early as next year.

Mr Jack said: “We had a referendum, it was once in a generation, as a democrat I respect the outcome of referenda, we’re delivering on Brexit, and we are respecting the outcome of the 2014 referendum on independence.

“In the white paper for independence produced by Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, once in a generation is referred to a number of times in that paper almost in the first six paragraphs, and then a number of times thereafter.

“It was not a rhetorical flourish and nobody should ever allow that to become a fact because it simply isn’t one.”

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“The white paper was about a lot of nonsense on an economy built on 110, 120 dollars for a barrel of oil.

“When you’ve had a 300-year-old enduring partnership as successful as the United Kingdom, you don’t then go into a period of neverendums until a party that has one objective, which is to separate Scotland from the rest of the United Kingdom, gets its own way.

“They are as you know a party of government at the moment – but they are a party that view everything through the prism of separation.

“I don’t think we should keep having referendums until they get their own way, it should respect the outcome of the one we had.”


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