NICOLA Sturgeon has claimed the Brexit process has “strengthened the democratic case” for Scottish independence as she warned Theresa May that if she ignored Holyrood’s rejection of the Brexit Bill today, it would prove she could not be trusted.
But the First Minister declined to say if the argument for holding a second referendum on Scotland‘s future had also been strengthened, suggesting people would “have to wait and see” regarding her future decision on whether or not to call for another vote on Scotland’s future.
And Ms Sturgeon, speaking at a Reuters Newsmaker event in the City of London, also claimed there was now a “realistic possibility” that MPs could force the Prime Minister into a U-turn to keep Britain in the European customs union.
Today, a majority of MSPs is expected to reject giving consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill, which they believe is a “power-grab” by Whitehall.
The FM said that, far from the SNP Government being isolated on the Brexit Bill as Whitehall has suggested, the vote today expected to withhold consent and also be backed by Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, would prove it was the Conservatives and Mrs May’s Government, who were isolated on the issue.