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On the one hand, Nicola Sturgeon tells parliament she's resetting her referendum plans. On the other, she and her party launch a new referendum campaign to mobilise support for independence. Nicola Sturgeon could have used today to show she had listened to people across Scotland. Instead, she has shown she is determined to press ahead with her referendum no matter what people say.feedback
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Jun 27 2017
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The PM says she is a bloody difficult woman, well you ain't seen nothing yet.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon's grubby spin operation has been found out - and the SNP's scaremongering has been exposed for the trash it is. The First Minister's hands are all over this - she took to social media to whip up unfounded claims about the UK Government's approach to our fishing industry. Scotland's fishing leaders have directly contradicted her to make it clear they are satisfied with the UK Government's approach. If Nicola Sturgeon has even a shred of decency, she will retract her absurd claims.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon is treating Scotland's fishing communities with utter contempt. The SNP cannot have it both ways. Scotland's fishing communities will not be fooled by them. Fishermen see great opportunities after Brexit so the most important thing for their industry is to secure the best deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK when we leave the EU.feedback

We go into this election with one seat. They go into with 54 – and most of them with large majorities. Even to challenge the Nationalists in some of these seats is going to take a Herculean effort. Make no mistake – we are the underdogs going into this campaign. But we also know this. The SNP is not Scotland. And people across this country don't take kindly to Nicola Sturgeon pretending the opposite is true.feedback

Only the Scottish Conservatives have the strength to fight back against the SNP. We will stand up for everyone who doesn't want a second referendum on independence.feedback

It's a very pro-Union part of the country, and it was the most pro-Brexit area of Scotland. I also think for those people, the 50.1 per cent of people in Moray who voted Remain, similar to thousands of people across Scotland who voted Remain that are also pro-Union, they are really angry. I don't think anybody has cottoned on to how angry pro-UK Remainers are that Nicola Sturgeon, Angus Robertson and others have hijacked their Remain vote to be a proxy vote for independence. People are furious about it.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon is treating the electorate like fools. She thinks she can face both ways on fishing, the EU and independence, promising all things to all people. But Scotland's fishing communities can see straight through this approach, and won't forgive the SNP for trying to ignore the EU referendum and force them back into the hated CFP.feedback

The First Minister risks turning herself into a laughing stock here. For the last few months, everyone in Scotland has seen her do nothing else but campaign for an unwanted second independence referendum. Yet now there's an election on, she suddenly tells people independence isn't the issue for her and orders her troops - don't mention the 'i' word. After the last few months of talking about nothing else, who does she think she's kidding?feedback

The SNP's plans last week weren't about trying to hold a fair legal and decisive referendum, what it is really about is a very well-rehearsed game, which is to put forward an unworkable proposal. To wait for Westminster politicans to point that out. Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the games, most people in Scotland don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one, and most people in Scotland see the plain common sense in our own position. That Brexit is going to be and major challenged for this country and none of us know how it will play out.feedback

Five times in six months the will of the Scottish parliament has been clear and five times in six months this SNP government has chosen to ignore it. Will the SNP explain [to the public] why votes on crucial issues such as health and education funding and enterprise and energy should be wilfully ignored by the SNP government, but when it comes to independence and only when it comes to independence, Holyrood is sacrosanct?feedback

Most people in Scotland are sick to death of the SNP's games. They don't want another referendum any time soon, just three years after the last one. It was about a well-rehearsed game to put forward unworkable proposals, wait for Westminster politicians to point that out, then rush to any nearby microphone – angry face attached – to trot out the same old tired complaints. This bulldozer approach is completely at odds with the way the 2014 referendum was held.feedback

The SNP is not Scotland and they are acting against the majority wishes of the people of Scotland in putting forward their proposition on Monday. There are people right across Scotland, many, many thousands of them, that are so thankful for the prime minister to say let's take a pause on this. We have asked basic questions on things like currency, on things like a central bank, on things like whether we would even rejoin Europe as a full member, and Nicola Sturgeon seems unable to commit to that.feedback

And that is because there is no clear political or public consent for this to take place. The country – and our Parliament – is divided not over just the question of independence, but over whether we should even hold a referendum or not. At an absolute minimum... there should be agreement across political parties and from the public at large, that it is right and fair for such a referendum to proceed.feedback

We reject conclusively the timetable for a referendum set out by the Scottish government. For a key reason – because it is unfair to Scottish voters. We have just come through a referendum campaign when a key complaint among many people was that they did not have the necessary information to help them make an informed decision. If we were to keep to the first minister's timetable, this is exactly what would happen in Scotland, too. On the most important political decision a country can make, we would be voting blind.feedback

Is it not true, though, that independent forecasts suggest independence would put Scotland £11bn in the red? So I issue a direct challenge. If next Wednesday, the Scottish parliament votes for a second referendum, will the Tories respect the will of this parliament?feedback

The SNP's plans to impose a referendum on independence in Scotland have unravelled within 24 hours. Nicola Sturgeon is demanding that people are forced to make another choice on their future in as little as 18 months. And yet faced with reasonable questions about what independence means, she and her ministers cannot answer.feedback

These are surreal comments. How can he say the SNP is focussed on negotiations with the UK government when Nicola Sturgeon has just broken off those talks to unilaterally declare another divisive referendum on independence? Everyone knows where the SNP has invested all its attention since the EU referendum – in trying to break up Britain.feedback

The SNP is trying to have it both ways. It is demanding a referendum because of our decision to leave the European Union. But, in order to keep leave voters on board, it won't say whether Scotland would seek to get back in.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon has today chosen the path of further division and uncertainty. We will vote against any request for a section 30 next week.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon has just admitted what everybody already knew - that the SNP is hell bent on taking Scotland back to another divisive independence referendum and will use any excuse to do so. She knows that a referendum would inflict further damage on Scotland's economy. It is therefore deeply irresponsible for the First Minister of Scotland to cast this cloud of uncertainty over our future.feedback

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