Weve had a referendum! Sturgeon scolded for indyref2 plans – Told to focus on recovery

IndyRef2: David Mundell discusses possibility of second vote

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David Mundell MP has told Nicola Sturgeon is it the “wrong time” to be calling for a second referendum following the Covid pandemic. He noted that the First Minister should be focusing on helping Scottish businesses recover. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Mundell said: “We had a vote, we had a referendum. It was at that time by the SNP that it was going to be a once-in-a-generation event, it wasn’t as it turned out.

“Now they admit they never meant that.

“They just tried to say that in order to get their supporters to vote.

“I think now is certainly not the time to be having another divisive referendum.

“We’re still dealing with Covid and Scotland at the moment has some of the highest rates of Covid in Europe.

“It’s very odd to be talking about having another independence referendum when we’ve got that challenge to tackle.

“Even once we’re through dealing with the medical aspects of it, the Scottish economy has taken a huge hit.

“Particularly the hospitality sector who are still struggling and we need to focus on recovery from the pandemic.

“It’s just completely the wrong time to be talking about another independence referendum.”

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His comments come as Scotland’s newly launched vaccine passport app has been experiencing technical problems according to its users.

The NHS Scotland Covid Status app was made available to download on Apple and Android devices on Thursday afternoon.

From 5am on Friday, people attending large events and nightclubs will need to show proof they have had two doses of vaccine using the app before they are allowed in.

But just hours after the app’s launch, comments circulating on social media suggest many users have been unable to register on it.


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The Scottish Government said the large volume of people accessing the app at once could be a reason behind the glitch.

Twitter users shared screenshots showing they were unable to get past the first login page.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Some people may be experiencing issues which are likely to be caused by extremely high initial traffic and a large number of users trying to access the app at once.

“We advise people whose data is not found to try again a couple of hours later.”

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