Nicola Sturgeon in ‘deep trouble’ as plans after coronavirus labelled ‘absurd’
Nicola Sturgeon had been pushing for a second vote on Scottish independence at the beginning of this year before the coronavirus pandemic. But due to the crisis, her plans appear to have been blocked as former Labour MP George Galloway explained any independence proposals after Brexit and COVID-19 are in ‘deep trouble’. He noted the SNP leader’s plan would be extremely damaging to Scottish people.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Galloway said: “The independence movement after the Brexit was already in very deep trouble.
“The pandemic has made the idea absurd of partitioning one small island into two states.
“It is absolutely ridiculous.
“The pandemic proves that breaking up a small island would be at best, meaningless and at worst, extremely damaging to the people of Scotland and I think that’s written all over Nicola Sturgeon’s face.”
His comments come as Ms Sturgeon continues to defy Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
During the crisis, she has made announcements ahead of the Government and recently said she will continue the lockdown in Scotland despite Mr Johnson’s best efforts to outline a plan to lift restrictions.
The First Minister warned on Thursday that she would not be “pressured” by the Westminster Government into “prematurely” easing restrictions.
Speaking at her daily coronavirus briefing on Thursday, the Scottish First Minister said: “The potential changes that have been reported in the media today have not yet been discussed with the Scottish Government or, as far as I know, with the other devolved governments.”
She added: “If and when those discussions do take place, I will make very clear, as I have all along, that it is my preference, if possible, for all four UK nations to make changes together at the same pace. That certainly helps us give clear consistent messages to you the public.
“However for that approach to work, we must agree to make changes only when all four governments are satisfied we don’t risk a resurgence of the virus.
“If the Prime Minister decides that he wants to move at a faster pace for England than I consider is right for Scotland, that is his right, I will respect that and I will not criticise him for doing that.”
Ms Sturgeon said she has to make decisions “informed by the evidence that are right and safe for Scotland”.
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Mr Johnson – who will set out the next steps in the Government’s response to the coronavirus in a broadcast to the nation at 7pm on Sunday – briefed the Cabinet on how he intended to proceed on Thursday.
Ministers are expected to convene again over the weekend before the details are finalised after officials have had a chance to scrutinise the latest data on the spread of the disease
“The Prime Minister said that in considering whether there could be any easement in the existing guidelines that we are not going to do anything that risks a second peak,” a spokesman said.
“We will advance with maximum caution in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
“We will be guided at every step by the science and the data and we will closely track the impact of any easing of the social distancing measures and will not hesitate to tighten the rules if required.”
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