Nicola Sturgeon – Tory attempt to deny indyref mandate “will crumble to dust”

Conservative attempts to prevent a second independence referendum “will crumble to dust” if the Tories do not win the general election in Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking to the assembled media outside the Houses of Parliament, the First Minister said: “if the SNP wins this election in Scotland and the Tories don’t, then Theresa May’s attempt to block our mandate to give the people of Scotland a choice over their own future when the time is right will crumble to dust.”

The First Minister was reacting to Theresa May’s shock decision to call a snap general election.  The Prime Minister made the announcement on Tuesday despite having previously ruled such an eventuality out.

Nicola Sturgeon said the move was a clear attempt by the Tories to put the interests of their party before the interests of the country.

The First Minister added: “Yesterday it became clear beyond any doubt that for Theresa May, party comes before country.

“For months the Prime Minister has said that a snap early general election was, in her view, the last thing that the country needed.”

Nicola Sturgeon also lampooned May’s recent claim that “now was not the time” when the Prime Minister was asked about a second independence referendum.  The SNP leader said the Tory leader had changed her mind “for reasons of party advantage”.  The First Minister accused her Tory rival of calling a snap election in order to “crush the parliamentary opposition she faces.” and cited the “self-inflicted weakness of the Labour party” as a reason for the move.

The SNP leader said the UK was now facing the hardest possible Brexit, further austerity and more pain for the vulnerable.

Ms Sturgeon confirmed that the SNP would be fielding candidates in every Westminster seat in Scotland and would be seeking to “win the election”.

She said: “The SNP in this election will as we always do, stand up for Scotland.  A vote for the SNP is a vote to protect Scotland’s interests.

“Only the SNP stands between Scotland and an increasingly hard-line Tory Government.

“It is a vote to ensure that the future of Scotland is decided, not here at Westminster, but in Scotland by the people of Scotland.”

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12 thoughts on “Nicola Sturgeon – Tory attempt to deny indyref mandate “will crumble to dust”

  1. Vestas

    Fine words but they mean bugger all – a strengthened Tory govt will NEVER grant a referendum and will eviscerate the Scots Parliament’s powers.

    You better have a bloody good Plan B Nicola because this doesn’t cut it, not by a long way…..

    1. Robert Graham

      lets hear your plan then , she seems to be doing ok so far , this aint a sprint , she is making progress without any media support , and SNP members trust her judgment

  2. Big Jock

    Exactly Vestas.

    Action not words from now on. Talk about once in a lifetime. This is it grasp it. Make this our referendum not another back up mandate when the first mandate is ignored. The Tories plan is to kick indy into 2022 if they win big. I hope the SNP strategists can see what’s going to happen if we keep begging and not taking what’s ours.

  3. bringiton

    The Tories want to make every single election in Scotland about independence and nothing else because they do not want voters to examine their disastrous mismanagement of the UK economy and public services.
    That is what the SNP should be concentrating on,not constitutional matters,at present.
    There is a time for everything and we need to be sure that when we call another independence referendum,we will win it.

  4. Clydebuilt

    I’m loosing confidence in SNP strategists.
    1. Top bloggers are advising vote till you book, SNP first Tories last for council elections……. SNP pushing SNP 1,2 and 3

    2. Nicola’s telling us she’ll have an unbeatable mandate after another victory in Scotland…… Tell that to the Tories. They didn’t find any problems ignoring the mandate of the Holyrood win.

  5. Abulhaq

    Our dealings with Unionism should dispel any notions that Scotland’s interests are its concern. Scots are just useful idiots in the service of a system whose like the rest of Europe sent packing a century ago. We should not trust it, play by its rules or care about its political ‘sensibilities’. Independence is ours take, not theirs to concede.

  6. Abulhaq

    Our dealings with Unionism should dispel any notions that Scotland’s interests are its concern. Scots are just useful idiots in the service of a system whose like the rest of Europe sent packing a century ago. We should not trust it, play by its rules or care about its political ‘sensibilities’. Independence is ours to take, not theirs to concede.

  7. Kat hamilton

    Time to go for broke..like clyde built I’m tired of waiting for permission , time to take the matter into our own hands…indy on the ballot paper in June, a majority of snp mps will suffice, goodbye uk…if it doesn’t come off then the scottish deserve their fate, and it’ll be a hellish lesson from May and co…
    PPP

  8. Robert Graham

    It looks like the troops are getting restless , we have come a long way dont forget that , but as expressed by more than a few Mayhem will try and destroy the Scottish Parliament , this might be our last time to save it , that message has to get out , and moves to change the bloody stupid voting systems have to be made ditch both of them , but i bet they are reserved powers, who would have thought it , almost everything is bloody reserved .

  9. manandboy

    I’m sticking with Nicola, and reject the Vestas and Big Jock outbursts.
    Nicola and the Scottish Government are in constant talks with the EU and are working in harmony toward a shared purpose.
    Vestas , Big Jock et al, should take back control of their emotions, calm down and return to clear thinking by supporting Nicola and rejecting May/Davidson.

  10. Proud Cybernat

    “Conservative attempts to prevent a second independence referendum “will crumble to dust” if the Tories do not win the general election in Scotland…”

    And therein lies the problem. Nicola should have said, “Conservative attempts to prevent a second independence referendum “will crumble to dust” if the Tories do not win a majority of WM seats in Scotland.”

    Because if the Tories increase their support by a single bloody vote it will be hailed in the corrupt colonial media throughout this land as a ‘Momentous Victory’ for Davidson. We all know the shite they’ll manufacture. They will damn well know they will have been gubbed when the SNP take a majority of seats 30+ but that is not how they will spin it.

    The ‘unionists’ (red/blue/orange) will win if they take 30+ seats in Scotland. And nothing less.

    Any other result means the SNP will have won and thus, Mayhem, having made this GE (and LEs) in Scotland about Independence, WILL HAVE LOST. Don’t let any fecker in the media try and tell us otherwise.

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