Isles' reaction to General Election news

Apr 19, 2017, 01:43
Isles' reaction to General Election news

Asked whether Ms Sturgeon could now throw those words back at the Prime Minister following the snap election call, Mrs May said: "Politics is not a game and the problem is at the moment we have other parties who are playing games with politics".

SNP deputy leader Angus Robertson said the General Election would be a "straight choice in Scotland" between the SNP and the Tories. This next general election might be about to prove him wrong.

"It will once again give people the opportunity to reject the (Conservative government's) narrow, divisive agenda, as well as reinforcing the democratic mandate which already exists for giving the people of Scotland a choice on their future", she said.

It comes as Sturgeon faces backlash from May over her bid to call for a second referendum on independence for Scotland.

" If Scotland did hold an independence referendum in March 2019, then Scottish voters would have more information on Brexit, and on the goals for an independent Scotland vis-a-vis the EU or EEA (European Economic Area), than they do now". The truth is that, far from standing up to her Tory colleagues, Ruth Davidson is defending them regardless of the impact on families across Scotland.

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.

"It's a really weird state of affairs, as I don't understand why Theresa May wants a mandate".

Furthermore, the SNP success in 2015 was after the 2014 referendum, when the party said it was not seeking another referendum but merely holding Westminster's "feet to the fire".

"At this election, the choice again will be clear: a Tory Party intent on a hard and damaging Brexit; or a Labour Party that will oppose a second independence referendum and fight for a better future for everybody, " she said.

"If we need any reminder of what Tories do in power, just look at what happened last week".

In a tweet shortly after the prime minister's announcement on Tuesday morning, Scotland's first minister said that May was trying to "force through a hard Brexit" and "move the United Kingdom to the right".

Sputnik spoke to Stuart Campbell, founder and editor of the pro-independence media monitoring site Wings over Scotland, about his views on the snap general election.

"We will avoid a disastrous hard Brexit and keep Britain united".

But the Prime Minister dismissed claims she was acting in her own interest, insisting her pursuit of a clear mandate from the British public would boost Britain's chances of a successful exit from the EU.

"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".

Already, opinion polls have indicated that the Conservative Party (Tories) will either maintain their majority within the Parliament or grow that number.

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