Oh dear, Nicola! Sturgeon referendum dream dealt blow as SNP could be forced to ditch plan

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The SNP are forecast to win more than 53 percent of the constituency vote in the upcoming in 2021 Holyrood election, according to a commissioned Panelbase poll. However, the predicted win could be at risk depending on the stance Nicola Sturgeon’s party decides to campaign on regarding a second independence referendum. Scottish Tory MSP Miles Briggs warned Express.co.uk that the coronavirus pandemic could make the First Minister’s dream for Scotland deeply unpopular.

He said: “We’ve been absolutely clear at the general election and Holyrood elections of saying no to another independence referendum.

“The fundamental of what was an agreed process by David Cameron and Alex Salmond under the Edinburgh Agreement was to hold a once-in-a-generation vote.

“We all signed up to that, we all said we’d respect the result and move on.

“It’s only really the SNP, literally hours after, who haven’t.”

Mr Briggs continued: “So I’m waiting to see where Nicola Sturgeon decides to pitch.

“I don’t think it will be popular in the mid-summer, post-COVID economic downturn for her to only be saying to people that we should start arguing among ourselves over the constitution for years.

“I don’t think she’ll do that so I don’t think the Prime Minister will have that day after the election phone call to make.

“For most of the Unionist parties in Scotland, we just want the SNP to start respecting the vote we had in 2014.”

Mr Briggs also claimed that the independence debate had up until this point mainly been used to “distract” from the SNP’s “pretty poor” record on domestic issues.

He told Express.co.uk: “Their record really gets distracted from.

“I think that’s what a lot of Conservatives in the Scottish parliament get very frustrated over.”

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The MSP added: “The SNP’s actual record on health, education and transport is pretty poor, but we never really get on to holding them to account on that.

“They manage to always keep people distracted with this idea of another referendum coming soon.

“That’s no doubt what they’ll try to do again next year.

“I think a significant number of voters in Scotland know exactly what the number one priority is for the SNP.

“But as we’re trying to recover from COVID economically, I’m a bit more sceptical about their chances.”

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