Sturgeon: 'ever clearer' that Scotland must have a new independence referendum

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has started banging the Independence drum once again.

The SNP has also promised to put forward 50 "serious and substantive" amendments to the Brexit bill. The amendments include a proposal that the UK would stay in the EU under 'revised' membership if MPs reject the final deal with Brussels.

Nicola Sturgeon's comments follow a Supreme Court ruling that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process. The good news for the UK government is that the ruling also states that the Scottish Parliament, Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies did not need a say.

Brexit Secretary David Davis promised a parliamentary bill 'within days'. The bill to trigger Article 50 could be ready as early as Thursday of this week. It is thought the bill could pass though the House of Commons in around two weeks.

David Davis said:
I am "determined" Brexit will go ahead as voted for in last June's EU membership referendum.

"It's not about whether the UK should leave the European Union. That decision has already been made by people in the United Kingdom."
Nicola Sturgeon ranted:

“Is Scotland content for our future to be dictated by an increasingly right-wing Westminster Government with just one MP here – or is it better that we take our future into our own hands? It is becoming ever clearer that this is a choice that Scotland must make.”
Nicola Sturgeon was pleased with the Supreme Court ruling but went on to say that her MPs would seek to work with others in the House of Commons to "stop the march towards a hard Brexit in its tracks".

Nicola Sturgeon continued:

"We are obviously disappointed with the Supreme Court's ruling in respect of the devolved administrations and the legal enforceability of the Sewel Convention.

“It is now crystal clear that the promises made to Scotland by the UK Government about the Sewel Convention and the importance of embedding it in statute were not worth the paper they were written on.

“Although the court has concluded that the UK Government is not legally obliged to consult the devolved administrations, there remains a clear political obligation to do so. Indeed, the court itself notes the importance of Sewel as a political convention.”
The Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, criticised the First Minister suggesting that she now reveal if she wanted Britain's negotiation to succeed or fail.

Ruth Davidson continued:

"All parties should now respect the ruling that the court has given. Yet typically, Nicola Sturgeon has decided to ignore it by stating - even before the verdict was in - that she would still seek a separate vote at Holyrood.

“Whatever side people were on last year, Scotland wants to get on with the negotiations so we can start to leave the uncertainty of the last few years behind us. We have all had enough of the nationalists using every diversionary tactic they can to try to use Brexit to manufacture a case for separation."
SNP MSP Mark McDonald quits SNP in Sleaze Investigation
  • Alfie Baron

Aberdeen Donside MSP Mark McDonald has quit the Scottish National Party (SNP).

His resignations follows allegations of misconduct against at least two women.

McDonald resigned from the SNP with immediate effect - but will remain as an Independent MSP.