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The Scottish First Minister has pledged to hold another independence referendum by the end of next year and she recently said that neither Covid nor the war in Ukraine will derail those plans. Ms Sturgeon, 51, who had suggested she would quit if Scots voted against independence for the second time, recently said she was ‘convinced’ that when given the chance in a second referendum, most Scots would support his IndyRef2 plan.

She told BBC Breakfast: “We said we wanted to give people the choice of independence in the first half of this Scottish Parliament, that is before the end of next year – 2023.

“I am confident that when people get that choice again they will vote for Scottish independence – most of the promises that were made to Scotland in the last referendum by those who opposed the independence – including that we would continue to be in the European Union – have been shattered.

“But, of course, this is the business of the people of Scotland and I recognize the responsibility I have and those advocating for independence must champion this cause and win this argument.”

However, a former Conservative minister and Brexit Party MEP has criticized the Scottish Prime Minister.

Ms Widdecombe said: ‘I think Boris doesn’t want another referendum, so if he says ‘go ahead and try it’ then he is effectively saying ‘try independence’.

“And I think that would frankly be an irresponsible thing to do.

“I think it’s precisely because the Scots are ultimately responsible for saying ‘no’ last time and saying it again this time. I think it doesn’t matter how often people say ‘no’, That’s the point.

“It will not convince Nicola Sturgeon. She believes in fairyland.

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The Scottish government was recently ordered to publish details of the legal advice it has received on a possible second independence referendum by June 10.

But Ms Sturgeon again suggested she could challenge the order as she pointed out how disclosing such legal advice could be a breach of the Ministerial Code.

She told BBC Radio Scotland: ‘The reason we are looking at this carefully is the long-standing convention, not just in Scotland but across the UK and probably most other countries around the world, that Governments do not regularly publish legal opinions because we value the opportunity to obtain free and candid legal advice.

“So if we have to deviate from that convention, that’s a pretty big thing, it goes against precedent and we want to think about that carefully.

“But we operate under the Freedom of Information Act, and that act defines the process that we are going through now.”

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This notice was published: 2022-05-20 02:00:25

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