SNP and Greens accused of ‘reckless obsession’ as Indy prospectus launches tomorrow
NICOLA Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie are due to launch the first in a series of articles outlining a new independence flyer tomorrow.
Prime Minister and Co-Green Leader Patrick Harvie will release the document at Bute House.
Opposition parties called it a “reckless” pursuit of a nationalist “obsession”.
The document is intended to serve as a ‘decorator’ for a new multi-part leaflet, titled ‘Building a New Scotland’.
The Scottish government has said the documents will allow people to make an “informed choice about the future of Scotland before any referendum is held”.
However, there remains uncertainty as to whether a referendum will take place.
In an interview with BBC Scotland, Sturgeon was asked if tomorrow’s event marks the official start of an Indyref2 campaign.
The Prime Minister said: “Yes. We said we would after the Covid situation allowed it.
“Tomorrow we will publish the first of what will be a series of articles taking up the cause of independence in an interdependent world.
“The world, both domestically and internationally, has changed dramatically since Scotland voted in 2014.
“The first article will really be a decorator – it will look at a wealth of evidence on the economic and social performance of the UK and Scotland in this context, compared to a range of other countries across Europe.
“The conclusion, very clearly, is that Scotland could do much better as an independent country.”
She said future articles would look at currency, Scotland’s fiscal situation, growing a more sustainable economy, defense and security, pensions, social security, EU membership and the trade.
But when asked when a bill would be introduced to pave the way for a referendum, Ms Sturgeon said it would not be published tomorrow, although she would say more about the legislation in “the weeks to come”. come”.
If the bill is not published by the end of the month, it cannot be tabled at Holyrood until September, after the summer recess, making its timetable for a vote in 2023 extremely tight.
She said: “There are two principles that are really important in all of this.
“Democracy is first. The people of Scotland gave my party, my government, a mandate for an independence referendum in last year’s election. I intend to honor that.
“The second principle is the rule of law. Any process must be legal and legal.
“If we had a UK government that respected democracy, it would be solved like it was in 2014 with an order under section 30.”
“We are currently dealing with a UK government that does not respect democracy or the rule of law. So we have to figure out – this work is in progress – how to navigate our way to a legal process with a UK government that does not respect democracy, that’s what we do.
Asked if she knew if it would be legal to hold an independence referendum without UK consent, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Without a section 30 order, we know all that the competence of the Scottish Parliament to legislate is disputed. It has not yet been tested. But that’s the problem we’re looking at right now so that we can put in place a legal process.
“Now, I’m not going to go into detail on that right now or tomorrow, but I’ll give more details on that shortly.”
When asked if she believed Indyref2 would really happen by the end of 2023, Ms Sturgeon replied: “Yes.”
When asked “How?” she replied, “As I said, I’m going to outline the process that we’re going to go through to make sure that can happen.” You won’t have to wait too long.
Asked if now is the time for a referendum with public services under pressure and other pressures in society, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘Now is exactly the time for all the reasons we have been talking about.
“Independence isn’t abstract, it’s not separate from all these great challenges that we face, it’s exactly about the best way to equip ourselves to meet these challenges, so we don’t have our budget set by Westminster and we are in charge of these decisions ourselves.
“Yes, now is the time to decide how Scotland best equip themselves, best position themselves, to face these challenges and realize the huge potential we have.”
The Scottish government said the document would detail how neighboring European countries comparable to Scotland “use their full powers of independence to tailor policies to their own specific circumstances” and, in doing so, achieve better economic and social outcomes than the United Kingdom”.
He said Scotland already had the “resources to be a thriving independent nation, including a natural energy surplus, a brilliant food and drink sector, world-class universities, advanced manufacturing and a global approach to climate change”.
Ms Sturgeon added: “Having the full powers of independence does not guarantee a better future – it will depend on the abilities of the people who live here and the quality of the decisions they make – but it is striking to how successful Scotland’s neighboring countries are, compared to the UK.
“They can help point the way to a wealthier and fairer New Scotland, more resilient and better placed to help people facing issues such as the cost of living crisis than a UK government committed to a hard Brexit whatever the price.
“The Building a New Scotland series will openly expose the challenges a newly independent Scotland would face, how they might be overcome, and the opportunities that come with independence – as evidenced by the success of comparable independent nations as well as our own resources and talents.
“The future of Scotland is the business of everyone who lives here and I look forward to the debate on how we can build this new and better country that we know is possible.”
Ms Sturgeon has said she intends to hold a referendum next year, but Boris Johnson has refused to grant Holyrood the power it needs to hold a legally watertight vote.
The Prime Minister has threatened to pass a unilateral Indyref2 bill at Holyrood if the Prime Minister continues to block a referendum, but that could be overturned by the UK Supreme Court.
The Scottish government released some of the legal advice it received in 2020 around Indyref2 last week, but it didn’t cover whether a unilateral vote would be legal.
The 2014 referendum was based on a transfer of power under a so-called Article 30 ordinance, but no such ordinance currently exists for a future referendum.
Tory MP Donald Cameron said: “Nicola Sturgeon is deliberately ignoring Scotland’s priorities to advance plans for a second independence referendum in 2023.
“The vast majority of Scots do not want to be distracted by another referendum next year. They want the government to be 100% focused on our recovery from the pandemic, the global cost of living crisis, supporting our NHS and protecting jobs.
“Yet Nicola Sturgeon recklessly continues his obsession anyway. It’s just shameful when the country faces so many major challenges.
“The distraction and disruption of another bitter referendum debate is the last thing Scotland needs right now.
He added: “”Nicola Sturgeon should be fully focused on helping people through this difficult time, not on diverting government resources and vast sums of public money into the obsession with the SNP.
“The people of Scotland want to see an SNP government focused on key tasks like building ferries, not breaking up the UK.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “Nicola Sturgeon has launched more independence campaigns than ferries.
“This coalition is about one thing and one thing only. Ministers devote their attention, senior civil servants and tens of millions of pounds to independence.
“They care more about their obsession with independence than anyone stuck on the longest NHS waiting lists in history, the cost of living crisis or the climate emergency. No one believes that education is Nicola Sturgeon’s top priority anymore.
“The SNP and the Greens take people for granted. Let’s put aside talk of an independence referendum and get to what matters now.
Labor Constitution spokeswoman Sarah Boyack added: ‘People are struggling to put food on the table during the worst cost of living crisis in a decade, but the Government’s attention SNP- Green is still on their constitutional obsession.
“We should be working together to tackle the cost of living crisis now – but instead the SNP-Green government wants to tear us apart.
“It is a terrible waste of time, energy and money while our public services are reduced to nothing.
“Far from making us richer, happier and fairer, the SNP and the Greens are jeopardizing our future with plans that would make Brexit look like a walk in the park.
“Instead of scrambling to fill the countless glaring holes in their plans, they should focus on delivering for Scotland now.”