Minister urges Sturgeon to ‘respect democracy’ ahead of IndyRef3 speech

A minister in the government suggested that Nicola Sturgeon (Scotland’s first minister) is not respecting democracy during her bid for a second independence referendum.

Sturgeon will soon reveal her plans to push for another referendum.

She is expected to explain how she plans on holding a vote without permission of Westminster.

Tech minister Chris Philp told Sky News this morning: “I am telling her [Sturgeon]Respect the results of a democratic referendum as we did the Brexit referendum.


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“Democracy only works if you respect the result of the vote you have.”

Philp also argued that under one-third of Scots are in favour of an independence vote going ahead in 2022 or 2023, and that Holyrood ought to focus on more immediate problems, insisting that: “only 28 per cent of people said they wanted a referendum this year or next.

“There are more important issues facing the country and facing Scotland.”

Philp said the 2014 result-in which over 55 per cent of Scots voted to remain part of the UK-ought to be respected given that the vote was intended as a “once in a generation” event.

“We had a referendum in 2014, the Scottish people delivered their verdict by a fairly clear 10 point margin.

“Nicola Sturgeon at the time, and her then mentor Alex Salmond, said very clearly to the Scottish people this was going to be a once in a generation referendum, it was only a few years ago, that’s not once in a generation.

“I think Nicola Sturgeon should respect the will of the Scottish people that was expressed so clearly in that referendum.”