Published: Wed, April 19, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

Election a chance for Scotland to boost mandate for independence vote - Sturgeon

Election a chance for Scotland to boost mandate for independence vote - Sturgeon

Dugdale's campaign launch came minutes after the Prime Minister announced a snap general election for June 8.

SNP depute leader Angus Robertson said the shock poll would be a "straight choice in Scotland" between the SNP and the Tories.

- AFP picEDINBURGH, April 18 -The decision by British Prime Minister Theresa May to call an early election on June 8 gives Scotland a chance to reinforce its democratic mandate to hold an independence referendum, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon suggested today. We would call upon Theresa May and all parties standing in the General Election to put their money where their mouth is and put precarious workers at the heart of their employment manifestos.

Sturgeon said a snap election would give voters a fresh chance to reject Conservative austerity and a so-called "hard Brexit", and give the SNP a new mandate for another Scottish independence referendum.

The move was welcomed by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

Health Secretary Shona Robison has written to the UK Government to say the Scottish Government will not pass on Whitehall guidance on carrying out the policy to NHS Scotland.

In the paper, she argued: " Overall, by early 2019, there will be substantial information available on the UK's exit deal (if there is one), including the transition phase and the outline of the proposed future UK-EU27 trade deal.

"But we have always been clear this will be delivered in the most effective, compassionate way, with the right exceptions and safeguards in place".

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But she will obviously use this election to make the case that Scotland should be allowed to choose its own future as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the EU.

That's a position which served them well in the 2016 election to the Holyrood parliament when they overtook Labour to become the second largest party in Scotland. We stand with the majority opinion in this country.

"There is only reason for Theresa May to hold an election now and it is that she knows that things are going to get worse as Brexit bites".

She said: "The Scottish Conservatives are ready for a campaign, we are organised, and we are optimistic about the prospect of increasing our number of seats".

"The country now has a choice between whether to vote for a Conservative party which is determined to pursue a hard, disastrous Brexit and is wedded to continuing with miserable austerity and destroying the rights and living standards of working people, or a Labour party which is presenting real, positive change based on a fairer economy and determined to ensure that on leaving the European Union, jobs and communities can thrive".

Mr. Campbell believes that with the Scottish independence vote in 2014, general election of 2015, and the European Union referendum previous year - this latest addition could lead to voter fatigue and is the 'last thing they [voters] wanted to happen'.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: "The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring Scotland is a country that businesses and people want to locate, live, and work in, both through preserving a competitive, progressive tax environment but also providing good quality public services".

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