This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
03:42

UK: Scottish First Minister Sturgeon claims "cast iron mandate" for IndyRef2

United Kingdom, Aberdeen
October 15, 2019 at 18:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed a "cast iron mandate" for a second Scottish independence referendum during a speech at her Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Aberdeen on Tuesday.

“Brexit shows that the Westminster system is broken. And it is broken utterly beyond repair. Conference, we have a cast iron mandate for an independence referendum. That fact is beyond doubt." Sturgeon said.

She also stated in her speech that before then end of 2019 she will petition Westminster for a "transfer of power" so that the referendum has a legal basis which is "beyond any doubt." At an earlier point in her speech she also emphasised that the proposed independence referendum 'must happen next year.'

"Brexit is a disaster. Whatever happens over the next few weeks it will continue to dominate Westminster for years to come. There is no sense in which it will be 'done'. We don't yet know whether the UK will leave with a deal or without. But we do know that neither of these outcomes is in Scotland's interests. A no deal Brexit is unthinkable," she added.

The SNP leader also accused UK PM Boris Johnson as being "unfit" for his position and added that "he cares nothing for the human consequences of his disastrous Brexit policy."

03:42
No Account? Sign up!
Description

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon claimed a "cast iron mandate" for a second Scottish independence referendum during a speech at her Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Aberdeen on Tuesday.

“Brexit shows that the Westminster system is broken. And it is broken utterly beyond repair. Conference, we have a cast iron mandate for an independence referendum. That fact is beyond doubt." Sturgeon said.

She also stated in her speech that before then end of 2019 she will petition Westminster for a "transfer of power" so that the referendum has a legal basis which is "beyond any doubt." At an earlier point in her speech she also emphasised that the proposed independence referendum 'must happen next year.'

"Brexit is a disaster. Whatever happens over the next few weeks it will continue to dominate Westminster for years to come. There is no sense in which it will be 'done'. We don't yet know whether the UK will leave with a deal or without. But we do know that neither of these outcomes is in Scotland's interests. A no deal Brexit is unthinkable," she added.

The SNP leader also accused UK PM Boris Johnson as being "unfit" for his position and added that "he cares nothing for the human consequences of his disastrous Brexit policy."

Trending
Top downloads in last 24 hours
View all videos
04:08
'A special pizza delivery' cheers on health workers battling COVID-19 in Piacenza hospital
April 05 at 00:01 GMT +00:00
01:20
USA: Tiger tests positive for coronavirus at Bronx Zoo
April 06 at 01:25 GMT +00:00
00:44
Tajikistan: Tajik Super Cup final held at empty stadium amid coronavirus pandemic
April 04 at 17:43 GMT +00:00
03:48
Love in the time of Corona: German-Danish elderly couple meet at closed border every day
April 06 at 00:07 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:03
UK: Queen tells nation 'we will succeed' against coronavirus in public address
April 05 at 21:07 GMT +00:00
02:27
Ecuador: Corpses lay on streets and at homes as authorities struggle to cope with COVID-19 outbreak
April 04 at 06:15 GMT +00:00
01:02
USA: Army personnel deployed in New York City amid coronavirus crisis
April 05 at 19:56 GMT +00:00
02:21
UK: London's tourist hotspots deserted as Londoners exercise in spring sun despite lockdown
April 05 at 21:04 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:02
Spain: Barcelona streets remain empty during coronavirus outbreak
April 05 at 20:07 GMT +00:00
01:12
France: Police enforce COVID-19 measures as Parisians step out for spring sun
April 05 at 19:41 GMT +00:00
01:34
Greece: Second migrant camp quarantined after resident tests positive for COVID-19
April 05 at 15:46 GMT +00:00
02:44
India: Chennai residents turn off lights answering to PM Modi's call for coronavirus unity
April 06 at 05:26 GMT +00:00
01:00
UK: Boris Johnson admitted to hospital over coronavirus symptoms
April 05 at 23:22 GMT +00:00
02:49
Bolivia: Capybaras take over golf club deserted amid coronavirus outbreak
April 05 at 03:35 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:28
Serbia: Russian coronavirus response team disinfects hospitals in Belgrade
April 06 at 09:02 GMT +00:00
02:08
Spain: Seville quiet on Palm Sunday after Holy Week processions cancelled due to coronavirus
April 05 at 20:28 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
03:04
USA: Reporter accuses Trump of 'promoting' hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment
April 06 at 02:58 GMT +00:00
01:47
Brazil: Drone footage shows hundreds of graves dug in Sao Paulo cemetery amid coronavirus outbreak
April 04 at 21:22 GMT +00:00
03:43
Honk Amen! Florida church resorts to drive-up Sunday worship amid COVID-19 pandemic
April 05 at 21:57 GMT +00:00
View all videos