Andrew Neil dismantles Scottish independence group’s ‘Trump-style lies’ as new row erupts
SNP's independence argument always 'falls apart' says Wallace
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The broadcasting veteran, who will soon be launching his own 24/7 television news channel GB News, is a vocal opponent of Scottish independence and the SNP Government led by the country’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. He has regularly taken to Twitter to dismantle arguments from Scottish nationalists over the benefits of independence and why it should eventually become a reality. Mr Neil has launched another scathing attack against a pro-independence group, lashing out at a claim they made on the social media platform.
Now Scotland describes itself on Twitter as a “grassroots, non-party campaign based on individual membership, committed to achieving Scottish independence as soon as possible”.
The group posted a map of the UK showing the routes for the high-speed rail link with lines connecting London, Birmingham, Leeds, Crewe and Manchester.
This map of the UK includes the text: “Scots are paying billions for HS2.
“In an independent Scotland, what would you spend that money on?”
Now Scotland accompanied this with a caption on Twitter that says: “What would YOU spend billions on, once Scotland is independent?”
But a furious Mr Neil hit back: “A lie of Trumpian proportions.
“Scots are paying nothing for HS2.
“Trump-style disinformation/lies now becoming a regular hallmark of such propaganda.”
Last weekend, Scotland’s Constitution Secretary Mike Russell confirmed the Government will publish legislation setting out the timetable and question of a potential Scottish referendum within weeks.
The draft Bill is due to be published before the Scottish Parliament takes its recess next month in the weeks leading up to the Scottish elections.
Mr Russell told the Sunday National newspaper: “We said we would publish it before the Parliament rose and we will.
“It is a very simple Bill, there is nothing complicated about it.
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“The key point is we have said we will put it in front of the people of Scotland at an election and they will have the decision on it.
“It is proceeding according to what we said, it is a simple short Bill and people will have the chance to then decide what they want to do – that is democracy.”
During the historic referendum of 2014, Scots voted by a margin of 55 percent to 45 percent against Scottish independence and to remain part of the UK.
Despite this, the SNP and First Minister Ms Sturgeon have continued to ramp up their campaign for a second referendum on independence.
They have argued Brexit – which Scots voted against by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent – was implemented against the will of the Scottish people, and provides the party with a mandate to hold a second independence vote.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stood strong against all of these demands, insisting the result from the referendum in 2014 stands and must continue to be honoured.
Despite this, Ms Sturgeon has vowed the SNP would push further for a second vote should the party win a majority at the upcoming Scottish elections, scheduled to take place on May 6.
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