Sturgeon to walk away from SNP if independence blocked as party seeks ‘aggressive leader’

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Tony Miklinski told Express.co.uk that the SNP leader will not stick around if it becomes clear she will not be granted another referendum on Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom. He added that SNP members will grow tired of her approach and look for a more aggressive leader if she continues to fail in her quest to deliver Scottish independence. 

Mr Miklinski said: “I do not think Nicola Sturgeon will stick that long if she does not have a clear path to another independence referendum.

“That is what she stands for and that is what she has promised the troops.

“If her approach which has been regarded as moderate by many SNP MPs, waiting and biding her time, if it isn’t producing results then I think her own personal interest, as well as the patience of her own party, will strain.

“They will look to find a more aggressive leader who can try to bring about this referendum through some other means.

“Frankly, as long as the Scottish people stand firm and see the common-sense arguments, realise where their self-interest lies, not with independence, then she is not getting what she wants.” 

On Thursday during an interview with the BBC’s Sarah Smith, Nicola Sturgeon outlined a timetable for the second referendum on Scottish independence.

Ms Sturgeon said:  “I think it’s right, not least because of the challenges this country is facing coming out and rebuilding from COVID that Scotland should have the opportunity to choose whether to become independent in the earlier rather than the later part of the next parliament.”

She added: “I think the referendum should, for a whole variety of reasons, be in the earlier part of the next parliament.

“I intend to say more about this before the election in our manifesto, but we are still in a global pandemic that I feel a bit more hopeful about seeing the end of than I did even just a couple of months ago.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty ahead. I’m a life-long believer and campaigner and advocate for independence, but right now I’m also the First Minister of Scotland.

“My responsibility is to the health and wellbeing of the country and trying to steer it through a pandemic and I’m very focused on that.”

Scotland’s First Minister added that if the SNP are victorious in the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary elections there will be pressure on Mr Johnson to concede the outcome of a fair, free and democratic election in Scotland.  

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The SNP leader also stated that if the people of Scotland vote for her party there will be another independence referendum.

She said: “If the people in Scotland vote for a referendum, there will be a referendum.

“We see right now across the Atlantic that even Trump is having to concede the outcome of a fair, free and democratic election.

“The same has to happen and that principle has to be defended.”

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