FMQs LIVE: Sturgeon faces humiliating showdown after SNP’s independence plan unravels

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Nicola Sturgeon has demanded an apology from Boris Johnson over Brexit which she says has destroyed the agriculture sector.Ms Sturgeon said: “I think the Prime Minister does owe an apology because this is a UK Government that has betrayed our farmers or fishermen and our entire agricultural sector.And each and every day right now they are paying the price of the Tory Brexit and that prace is getting higher and higher, with every day that passes.So perhaps an apology, not just for a misleading statement in terms of the import ban on lamb but an apology for all of the damage that this UK Government has done it through Brexit would indeed be appropriate.”

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SNP veteran says ‘no chance’ Indyref2 will take place

SNP humiliated as independence plan forensically dismantled The First Minister’s attack comes after Jim Sillars, former deputy leader of the SNP, launched a scathing attack on the current “cult of personality” which has absorbed the party, saying there was “no chance” Indyref2 could be achieved under the SNP’s current timeline.

He said: “[Adulation has] taken charge of the party membership’s mentality and they are no longer capable of critical thinking.

We have had five wasted years of talk of a referendum, when in fact the priority should be to get the economic policy right after Brexit, because Brexit produced a new paradigm and then there’s another level of change [that] comes with the pandemic.”

Ms Sturgeon has faced staunch criticism from Scottish Tory party leader Douglas Ross and Scottish Labour party leader Anas Sarwar for pouring time and energy into bitter independence dreams while Scotland is in crisis.

The First Minister announced her intention to hold a second Scottish independence referendum weeks before being forced to call in the British army to support the crumbling Scottish A&E service.

There were reports of people waiting up to 40 hours for an ambulance in the peak of the crisis.

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FMQs LIVE: Sturgeon faces humiliating showdown after SNP’s independence plan unravels (Image: GETTY) Trending KEY EVENTS ‘Apologise for Brexit!’ Sturgeon demands 12:36 yesterday 14:53 Tara Fair Top stories from Politics: Brexit LIVE: Smug EU diplomat mocks UK fuel shortages ‘Benefits of the single market’

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yesterday 13:14 Tara Fair SNP trying to shut down criticism on drugs deaths, says Tory MP Scottish Tory MP Brian Whittle has called a comment made yesterday by the SNP chief whip “unparliamentary”.

An SNP MP told a Conservative MP that they were “cynically using the death toll drugs are taking in our communities to attack the Scottish government”.

Mr Whittle called this comment offensive.

He said: “If they are suggesting that opposition parties should not use their debating time to highlight a crisis that sees Scotland as the drugs death capital of Europe, I don’t know why we are here.

“Suggesting that anyone is using the deaths of others, or that we are putting lives at risk for questioning the Scottish government, I would say is unparliamentary and is going too far.”

It is because people’s lives are at risk is the reason we must keep talking about it, says the MP (Image: Scottish Parliament TV) yesterday 12:58 Tara Fair ‘Get off your phone!’ Sturgeon tells Ross during FMQs Nicola Sturgeon had to tell Douglas Ross to get off his phone in Holyrood today during a discussion about Universal Credit.

Ms Sturgeon said: “If Douglas Ross wants to get off his phone for just a minute while we’re talking about this really serious issue, I would say to the Conservatives in this chamber: please try to convince your UK government colleagues over the next few days not to do this.”

yesterday 12:55 Tara Fair Sturgeon reaffirms her intention to hold second independence referendum Nicola Sturgeon has reaffirmed her intention to hold a second Scottish independence referendum by the end of this parliament.

She pointed to the fuel crisis and Brexit as reasons why there should be a second referendum, despite the country voting no in the first vote in 2014.

yesterday 12:48 Tara Fair Sturgeon slams Brexit AGAIN Green MP Gillian Mackay has asked the First Minister what assessment the Scottish Government has made of the ongoing economic impact on Scotland of Brexit.

Ms Sturgeon replied that the new situation outside the EU was set to cut Scotland’s GDP by around 6.1 percent.

That would be equivalent to £9billion in 2016 cash terms by 2030 compared to continued EU membership.

She also highlighted one of the immediate impacts has been challenges in recruiting and retaining EU citizens to work in Scotland.

The First Minister suggested the fuel crisis was a direct consequence of the UK leaving the EU.

yesterday 12:36 Tara Fair ‘Apologise for Brexit!’ Sturgeon demands Nicola Sturgeon has demanded an apology from Boris Johnson over Brexit which she says has destroyed the agriculture sector.

Ms Sturgeon said: “I think the Prime Minister does owe an apology because this is a UK Government that has betrayed our farmers or fishermen and our entire agricultural sector.

“And each and every day right now they are paying the price of the Tory Brexit and that prace is getting higher and higher, with every day that passes.

“So perhaps an apology, not just for a misleading statement in terms of the import ban on lamb but an apology for all of the damage that this UK Government has done it through Brexit would indeed be appropriate.”

yesterday 12:30 Tara Fair Where is the money coming from? Sturgeon rages at Sarwar Nicola Sturgeon has raged at Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar who asked for more money to go towards supporting those living in fuel poverty.

Ms Sturgeon said: “By all means if he wants to come to me and see if where in the already allocated Scottish budget, we can take over and above the 41 million pounds that he’s spoken about, which I’ve already said will be fully allocated.

“If you want anything over and above that, then come and tell me where within the Scottish budget he wants me to take that money from, and I’m happy to listen to him, if he’s prepared to do it.”

yesterday 12:26 Tara Fair One in four Scottish households living in fuel poverty One in four Scottish households are living in fuel poverty, according to Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar.

yesterday 12:21 Tara Fair Anas Sarwar blasts cost of living crisis Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has blasted the current cost of living crisis and pointed out that many of those who will be suffering this winter will be pensioners.

He said furlough, which comes to an end today, has been a lifeline for many people which will now be stripped away.

This, compounded with the reduction of Universal Credit, will be detrimental, says the Labour leader.

The First Minister said: “Any government in the Scottish Parliament is simply unable to continue, week after week, month after month, year after year, mitigating the impact of reserved policies from our limited and finite devolved budget.”

Anas Sarwar blasts cost of living crisis (Image: Scottish Parliament TV) yesterday 12:17 Tara Fair Opposition for opposition sake ‘particularly irresponsible’ The First Minister has questioned what policies Douglas Ross would propose to keep Covid under control.

She said: “The position he is taking right now is simply to oppose everything this government does.

“It is simply for the sake of opposition, and at any time that is irresponsible but in the face of a deadly virus that is particularly irresponsible from the conservatives.”

yesterday 12:13 Tara Fair Douglas Ross lists organisations opposed to vaccine passport scheme Douglas Ross has listed some of the prominent organisations who are opposed to the vaccine passport scheme.

These organisations include: The Scottish Beer and Pub Association, the Scottish Hospitality Group, The nighttime Industries Association, the Federation of Small businesses, the Scottish Chamber of Commerce, the Scottish licenced Trade Association, and the Scottish Human Rights Commission.

“Why are all these people wrong and Nicola Sturgeon is right?” asks Mr Ross.

Douglas Ross lists organisations opposed to vaccine passport scheme (Image: Scottish Parliament TV) yesterday 12:09 Tara Fair They’re making it up as they go along! says Ross Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has accused the SNP of “making this up as they go along” with regard to the vaccine passport scheme.

He said John Swinney’s inability to answer targetted questions in an earlier committee meeting demonstrated the lack of consulation and understanding, even within their own party.

yesterday 12:07 Tara Fair Douglas Ross opposes everything, says Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon has attempted to discredit Douglas Ross’s concerns about the vaccine passport scheme by pointing out that he has opposed almost every measure she has proposed in the last year.

yesterday 12:02 Tara Fair Douglas Ross slams vaccine passport scheme Scottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross has criticised the “disorganised” vaccine passport scheme which is due to come into force at 5am tomorrow morning.

Mr Ross branded the scheme a “farce” and questioned why more information has not been given on the processes people will have to go through to enter venues such as nightclubs or football stadiums.

Ms Sturgeon defended her decision by pointing out the combination of alcohol, dancing, late nights and being inside created a high risk environment for the transmission of COVID-19.

yesterday 11:53 Tara Fair ‘Sturgeon’s tactics have been all wrong,’ says former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars, former SNP deputy leader, told the Herald: “We need a new economic model, and we’ve got to work on that – and until we’ve worked on that and produced that, we’re in no position to win a referendum.

“I think [Ms Sturgeon’s] tactics have been all wrong.

Five wasted years when work should have been undertaken and it wasn’t.

“All Nicola’s talk about a referendum was taking the independence movement up a hill, back down a hill, back up the same hill, back down the same hill, with no movement.”.

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