Nicola Sturgeon slams UK government on publication of figures
Lord True argued it was inconceivable that a nation would choose to remove the monarchy as he responded to comments from Tory peer Lord Garnier who urged the UK Government to strengthen and tighten the case for the Union. Speaking in the House of Lords, the Tory politician, asked: “Will the minister agree that if we don’t make an effort Scotland will become a republic separated from the United Kingdom?”
Lord Garnier dubbed Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon “Glasgow’s De Valera”, after former Irish president Eamon De Valera, who was a key figure in the fight for his country’s independence.
He added: “Are not the Unionists from every part of the United Kingdom letting Ms Sturgeon – or Glasgow’s De Valera – hold the floor because they fear confusing English nationalism with patriotic Unionism and are thus failing to make the powerful emotional and obvious economic case for the Union?”
Responding, Lord True said: “I cannot conceive that anyone would wish to remove Her Majesty the Queen as our head of state.
“Everybody should advocate the United Kingdom and our union and have not fear in doing so and that goes from the lowest to the highest in the land and in every corner of our kingdom.”
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He stressed a “voice for the Union” needed “to be heard” and urged Lords to “recognise that political differences do exist between the administration in Scotland and our government.”
Lord True said the UK Government would campaign on the basis of a “United Kingdom as a family of nations that works for everyone” during any referendum or vote to break up the Union.
Liberal Democrat peer Lord Bruce of Bennachie echoed the comments and claimed the First Minister of Scotland was “obsessed with an independence referendum ahead of COVID-19 pandemic recovery.”
Lord Bennachie said the SNP had “no coherent or credible plan on how to achieve it.”
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Official SNP policy is to retain the monarchy in an independent Scotland however support for a Scottish republic has become increasingly prominent during debates.
Ms Sturgeon previously argued the Prince Andrew controversy with Jeffery Epstein had raised “a number of questions” about whether the monarchy was “fit for Scotland”.
It comes as Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross challenged the First Minister to debate SNP plans for a second vote on independence with him in a head-to-head clash this month.
He laid down the gauntlet to Nicola Sturgeon as he accused the SNP leader of putting her party before the pandemic by planning for a “reckless and irresponsible” vote on Scotland’s future in the UK.
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Calling on Ms Sturgeon to debate the referendum plans with him, Mr Ross said: “If the First Minister is too feart to get involved in this debate, she has to explain why.
“Why does she believe this plan should be rolled out right now but she is not willing to defend it in public?”
But SNP MSP George Adam claimed the Tories were “panicking” because of “plummeting” support for their party and the Union.
The Paisley MSP added to Express.co.uk: “The people of Scotland will see right through another episode of Tory hypocrisy.
“They soon will have the right to choose who they want to lead Scotland through our recovery – flip-flopping politicians like Douglas Ross and his Westminster boss Boris Johnson or an independent Scotland.”
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