Monday, 7 November 2016

SPERI annual lecture with Nicola Sturgeon

Sturgeon does not rule out a second Scottish independence referendum

Nicola Sturgeon was defiant in setting out Scotland’s position in a post-Brexit United Kingdom. The SNP Leader spoke tonight at the SPERI Annual Lecture in Sheffield and expectedly started out by attacking the UK Government’s controversial austerity cuts “Austerity is damaging the very fabric of our society” she declared from the podium. Moreover, she described her opposition to the Government’s approach to Brexit negotiations by suggesting “Nothing about Brexit is straightforward.”

Sturgeon did not rule out another Scottish Independence Referendum however asserted the importance of expanding international relations amid claims that Scotland would become isolated as a result of Independence “I’m a Scottish nationalist – I believe Scotland should be independent – but I am also an internationalist.”  She also urged people to “understand the reasonableness” of a second Scottish Independence referendum if Scotland is deeply affected by a hard Brexit.

The Scottish First Minister set out the case for Scotland staying in the EU Single Market, “If the UK leaves the single market we will explore options to keep Scotland in the single market” eloquently stated by Nicola Sturgeon who is renowned for her good public speaking skills. 

Moreover, she condemned the UK’s inability to stem the rise in hate crimes “Your enemy is not your immigrant neighbour; your enemy is the politician in Whitehall” confidently professed by Sturgeon in response to a question from the audience.

Nicola Sturgeon also focussed on the environment by answering a question from the former Green Party Leader Natalie Bennett on making green agenda a part of economic transformation and she stated that “To tackle climate change, the economy needs to be transformed.”