Nicola Sturgeon blow as ex-SNP MP turns on FM – lacks the strategy to deliver independence


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    The warning came from Kenny MacAskill, who now sits in Westminster for Alex Salmond’s Alba Party. It follows the publication of a Panelbase poll which showed 52 percent of Scots want to remain part of the UK.

    The SNP fell one short of a majority at May’s Scottish parliament elections.

    Ms Sturgeon is demanding a second referendum on taking Scotland out of Britain, but the UK Government is strongly opposed.

    Writing for The Scotsman Mr MacAskill, who served as justice secretary under Mr Salmond, criticised the SNP leadership.

    He said: “In 2017, Nicola Sturgeon marched the Yes movement up the hill, only to march them all the way down again.


    “There’s no strategy – just short-term positioning for elections” (Image: GETTY)


    Kenny MacAskill said the SNP leadership have “no strategy” (Image: GETTY)

    “Since then it has never been mobilised at all, they’ve simply been expected to vote SNP and believe that action would follow.

    “But it hasn’t and it won’t for there’s no strategy, just short-term positioning for elections.”

    The Panelbase poll, conducted for the Sunday Times, found just 19 percent of Scots want another independence vote over the next year.

    Only 48 percent would vote to leave the UK, the lowest figure recorded by Panelbase for months.

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    The SNP are demanding a second referendum on Scottish independence (Image: GETTY)

    Speaking to the Daily Telegraph election guru Sir John Curtice said there has been “a cooling of the independence ardour”.

    Mr MacAskill argued the SNP leadership failed to use its position in the 2017-19 hung parliament, to secure concessions.

    He commented: “In parliament, London or Edinburgh, they’ve huffed and puffed but delivered zilch.

    “The opportunity to extract concessions in Westminster when votes were tight was wasted and in Holyrood there’s been little done other than basic administration.


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    Alex Salmond launched Alba to stand in the Scottish parliament elections (Image: GETTY)


    Douglas Ross has urged unionists to boycott any unauthorised referendum (Image: GETTY)

    “There’s been little action and certainly no vision.”

    In 2014 Scotland voted to remain part of the UK by 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent.

    Whilst senior SNP figures pledged it would be a “once in a generation” poll, the party is demanding another vote.

    Last month Cabinet office minister Michael Gove insisted “we’re not going to have a referendum anytime soon”.


    If Scotland votes to leave the UK it could mean a hard border with England (Image: EXPRESS )

    The Aberdeen born politician added: “I think the case for the Union and for people working together has been reinforced by the need for us all to recognise the scale of Covid recovery work ahead of us.”

    Some Scottish nationalists have suggested a referendum could be held even without UK Government consent.

    Should this happen Douglas Ross, Scottish Conservative leader, has urged unionists to boycott the poll.


    Pro-union protesters in Glasgow’s George Square (Image: GETTY)

    If Scotland leaves the UK, and re-joins the EU, it would result in a hard border with England.

    Ms Sturgeon is negotiating with the pro-independence Green Party, in a bid for a Holyrood majority.

    The Panelbase poll, conducted for the Sunday Times, surveyed 1,287 Scotland based people aged 16 and over between June 16 and 24.


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