Nicola Sturgeon accused of 'pulling wool over voters' eyes' over second referendum

Posted On: 
2nd May 2016

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of “pulling the wool over the eyes of the people of Scotland” by not ruling out a second independence referendum while she is First Minister.

Nicola Sturgeon criticised for not ruling out second referendum
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Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale accused her SNP rival of not respecting the result of the 2014 referendum.

During a BBC debate last night, Ms Sturgeon said if there is no change in public opinion regarding independence, a fresh vote will be “off the table”.

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But she added: “If there’s clear and sustained evidence that the majority of people in Scotland do want a referendum, then no politician has the right to stand in the way of the way of the democratic wishes of the Scottish people”.

Before the last referendum, which the pro-Union camp won by 55% to 45%, the SNP had described it as a “once in a generation” opportunity for Scotland to leave the UK.

Ms Dugdale mocked the SNP leader, saying: “It’s mebbes if, mebbes aye and mebbes no; trust me and I will ask the pollsters.”

Ms Sturgeon was also criticised by other politicians taking part in the debate.

Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, said: “Her responsibilities are to the whole of the country, not just the SNP...Her responsibilities mean that she shouldn’t be keeping this wound open.”

Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, said: “We will not achieve that by having a groundhog day on independence if your disrespect the result [of the 2014 referendum].”