The SNP has come under fire for putting Scotland’s crippled economy at “risk” to push for a second referendum to drag the nation out of the Union after the party’s depute leader Keith Brown said it was time to “get shot” of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said: “Only around a third of people in Scotland support the First Minister’s timetable for another divisive referendum on leaving the UK.
“The SNP has rightly paused its campaign but these comments from Keith Brown show that senior Nationalists are willing to risk Scotland’s economic recovery by pushing for a second contest.
“Instead of dividing Scotland once again, the Scottish Government’s entire focus should remain on recovering from the coronavirus crisis and working together in the interests of everyone in Scotland.”
The Nationalist party abandoned its plans to campaign for a second referendum to focus their efforts on the coronavirus crisis, that continues sweep the globe.
But this week Mr Brown used recent poll findings by PanelBase, which found 54 percent of respondents backed independence in comparison to 46 percent who said they wanted to remain in the UK, to bang the drum for independence once again.
He said Westminster had “lurched from blunder to blunder” during the COVID-19 pandemic and Scottish citizens wanted out.
Mr Brown told the Scotsman: “Poll after poll now puts support for independence above 50 percent. This is no longer a trend – majority support for independence is now the established position.
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The SNP has insisted Scotland is on course for a second independence referendum when the UK leaves the bloc.
Ms Sturgeon said the move would allow Scotland to leave the UK and rejoin the EU on its own.
If the country left the UK, it would theoretically be free to join the bloc.
But Mr Johnson has so far refused to cave to Ms Sturgeon’s demands for a referendum on Scottish independence, telling her the previous 2014 vote must be respected.
He has pledged to “never give up on our incredible Union” in a direct warning to Ms Sturgeon.
Mr Johnson wrote a letter to Ms Sturgeon earlier this year saying he had “carefully considered” the case she had put forward but told the Scottish leader she and her predecessor Alex Salmond had made a “personal promise” to honour the “once in a generation” 2014 vote.
He said: “The UK government will continue to uphold the democratic decision of the Scottish people and the promise that you made to them. For that reason, I cannot agree to any request for a transfer of power that would lead to further independence referendums.
“Another independence referendum would continue the political stagnation that Scotland has seen for the last decade, with Scottish schools, hospitals and jobs again left behind because of a campaign to separate the UK.
“It is time that we all worked to bring the whole of the United Kingdom together and unleash the potential of this great country.”