'It's time to stick together' BBC's Katya Adler shames Sturgeon over 'fractious' indyref2

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was confronted on the set of the Hay Festival on the legitimacy of Scottish independence at a time of unprecedented challenges facing Boris Johnson’s Government. The UK has been offering its unwavering military support to Ukraine against Putin’s invasion in recent months, trying to respond to rising inflation and energy costs among other pressing issues – and now is on the brink of witnessing a no-confidence vote in Parliament against the prime minister.

Against that backdrop, BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler questioned First Minister Sturgeon’s intentions with a new independence call.

Mr Adler said: “We’ve got war back on the continent here.

“Is this not a time when you know, it’s time to stick together if you believe in principles if you believe in whether it’s – Hillary Clinton was talking at Hay last night talking about trying to protect liberal democracy or democracy itself.

“Is this a time to fracture and splinter?”, Mr Adler asked.

In her defence, Nicola Sturgeon said: “See, that’s not what independence says.  It’s not about separating ourselves. It’s not about turning away from the rest of the UK or Europe or the world.

“It’s about self-government. It’s about the road to Scotland playing a bigger, more constructive part in the world order and in defending those values of liberal democracy, which really need defending right now.”

Ms Sturgeon’s comments come as the 10 June deadline is fast approaching. By that date, the Scottish Government must publish details of legal advice it has received over a potential second independence referendum.

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“We’ve been taken out of the European Union”, Ms Sturgeon added.

In the 2016 Brexit referendum, 62 percent of Scots voted to remain in the European Union – at odds with the UK that voted to leave. Ms Sturgeon has since leveraged that argument to promote IndyRef2 and is now pushing for a second vote by the end of 2023.

The latest Ipsos Mori poll shows support for Scottish independence is split down the middle.



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