Sturgeon will press ahead with indyref2 irrespective of Brexit outcome
Nicola Sturgeon has said she’ll press ahead with her plans for a referendum re-run – even if Brexit doesn’t happen.
The First Minister this week set out her plan for another independence vote before 2021, arguing it was necessary because of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
However, today she has conceded that – even if that departure doesn’t happen – she’ll carry on with her break-up plans regardless.
Previously she’d defended her approach by arguing that Brexit itself was the “material change in circumstances” needed for another vote.
But this morning on Radio Scotland, she altered that view by adding: “Many people would say there has been a big material change of circumstances in the way Scotland has been treated over the past few years.”
And she added that even the identity of future Prime Ministers may be all she needed to demand another referendum.
Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Adam Tomkins said:
“This is proof that Nicola Sturgeon wants to press on with her break-up plans come hell or high water.
“Whether there’s a hard Brexit, a soft Brexit or no Brexit at all – the First Minister will make this all about independence.
“The voting public saw through this scam last time and will do so again.
“It’s a shameless approach – Nicola Sturgeon isn’t even pretending to care about Brexit anymore.”
OPPOSITION CALLS ON FIFE COUNCIL TO PUSH FOR FULL INVESTIGATION INTO MOSSMORRAN
TIME FOR FIFE COUNCIL TO BACK A FULL INVESTIGATION
As the administration stays silent about “potential environmental disaster” at Mossmorran, the Opposition at Fife Council has lodged a motion* calling for an independent investigation into health, social and environmental impacts
We are now into the sixth day of emergency flaring with unprecedented impacts. Complaints about noise, light, vibration and reeking emissions have been flooding SEPA and online community groups from Kirkcaldy to Dunfermline, with people unable to sleep and terrified the plant is at risk of blowing. Yesterday the situation was raised at First Minister’s Questions, yet the administration at Fife Council has been entirely silent about what many are calling a potential environmental disaster on its doorstep.
One local Labour councillor has called for the plant to be shut down and tried to organise a protest - otherwise silence. The only local councillor to be seen to be standing prominently with residents suffering these nightmarish impacts is Conservative councillor for Cowdenbeath Darren Watt.
Darren Watt, who will be proposing the motion at next week’s meeting of Fife Council said:
““I am seeing rising anxiety, fear, panic and anger in the local communities as this unprecedented emergency flaring is continuing. People fear they are not being told the full story by the site operators or regulatory agencies, and SEPA has lost a lot of trust because of their previous meaningless assurances and doing too little, too late.
That’s why I am calling for an independent expert investigation into the health, social and environmental impacts from Mossmorran’s operations. SEPA simply hasn’t got the resources to do this, and such a study needs real political will behind it.
If the operators and authorities genuinely believe the plant has no harmful impacts on the lives of local residents, then there is absolutely no reason why they shouldn’t support a fully independent expert investigation. The residents deserve peace of mind and very little else is going to persuade people that they have nothing to fear.”
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* For text of the motion, see