Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon's announcement is an appalling diversion, says Ian Murray MP

Scottish independence: 'Nicola Sturgeon's announcement is only a diversion', says Ian Murray MP

The Scottish First Minister divided opinion when she announced a second bid to get Scotland out of the UK on Monday

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Scotland's only Labour MP has claimed Nicola Sturgeon's announcement of an independence referendum is "only a diversion" and said the SNP leader's plan is "appalling."

On Monday, Ms Sturgeon publicly announced her intention to lobby Holyrood for its approval for a new vote on Scottish independence.

Scotland's First Minister said she aims to hold a new referendum between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019.

Prime Minister Theresa May responded by accusing Mrs. Sturgeon of "playing politics with the future of our country", and there are reports Mrs May will not allow a referendum until Brexit is complete.

Ian Murray, Labour MP for Edinburgh South, said Ms Sturgeon's plan was to announce her referendum bid "at the same time as the triggering of Article 50 and she’s got the desired result - to move the SNP and independence at the top of the political agenda.

"It’s appalling she’d take the risk Scotland would remain in the EU when the EU have said they need to apply like any other country.

 "No-one [in my constituency] voted Remain [in the EU referendum] to give Nicola Sturgeon an excuse to call another referendum.

"We’re leaving - for Sturgeon to say otherwise is false. She’s on a false pretence to start with, and she’s doing it as a diversion."