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BBC's Laura Kuenssberg warns 'lot of frustration' in SNP over 'hazy' Sturgeon plans


Laura Kuennsberg has warned SNP rank and file have become frustrated over Nicola Sturgeon’s perceived lack of drive towards a second referendum on Scottish independence. The BBC Political Editor described the SNP leader’s timetable for a second referendum as “hazy.” She went on to say the Scottish First Minister was unlikely to want to rush into a vote soon as polling was not strongly pro-independence. 

Ms Kuenssberg told BBC Newscast programme on Thursday: “[Nicola Sturgeon] says, look, next year these things are going to happen we are going to bring the legislation we’re going to do it.

“And, you know, you shouldn’t suggest that we’re not serious about this, very adamant she’s still deadly serious about getting this done.

“But the actual timetable is still really hazy.

“And there is a lot of frustration inside the SNP about the kind of lack of appearance of a definitive timetable.”

She added: “Now, you might think that’s completely fair enough, look at COVID Of course, it’s right to get out of the pandemic before you do that.

“But from a political point of view, Nicola Sturgeon is an extremely experienced canny politician, is she going to push for a referendum when the polls are pretty stubbornly fifty-fifty?

“Is she going to push for a referendum when actually in the last six months, the polls suggest that enthusiasm for independence has waned sometimes.

“Now she, in her view, basically denied that’s what the polling has done. 

It comes after the Scottish First Minister snapped after Ms Kuennsberg pointed out polling figures suggest support for Scottish Independence was fading. 

The BBC’s Political Editor confronted Ms Sturgeon with the reality that Scotland was “pretty stubbornly divided” on the issue of independence. 

Ms Kuenssberg told the Scottish First Minister: “When it comes to the question of independence isn’t the truth of it, you’re a bit stuck, the country is pretty stubbornly divided pretty much fifty-fifty on this.

“Polling suggests the enthusiasm for independence has actually faded.”

Ms Sturgeon replied: “Not it doesn’t.”

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