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Nicola Sturgeon 'shamelessly flogged independent Scotland to Germany' for EU membership


The Scottish National Party (SNP) has been determined in its pursuit of independence as First Minister Ms Sturgeon looks to take Scotland out of the UK and into the EU. Ms Sturgeon also made a clear statement of her priorities last month, when she reportedly demanded the EU flag is flown from Scottish government buildings every day. This order came in updated official guidance over which flags should be flown from buildings run by the Scottish government, and its agencies. A Scottish government spokesman said at the time: “The EU flag is flown to reflect the overwhelming vote of the people of Scotland to remain in Europe, and as a mark of solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of EU citizens who continue to call Scotland home despite Brexit.”

Ms Sturgeon also tried to woo EU leaders in October last year with a column in German newspaper Die Welt.

The First Minister said the Government is “determined to turn its back on cooperation, consensus and solidarity”, but the EU was a “partnership of equals where decisions require consent and often unanimity from members”.

She also branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s approach to Brexit “utterly reckless” in a scathing attack on the Government.

In her pitch for Scotland’s EU membership, Ms Sturgeon added: “Some people may question the compatibility of my stated desire for solidarity with the desire for independence. However, in reality, the two go hand in hand.

“It is precisely because we have a UK Government that is determined to turn its back on cooperation, consensus and solidarity that Scotland needs an alternative way forward.”

Ms Sturgeon added that her government had concluded “the best future for our country is as an independent nation within the EU”.

But the article received criticism from her opponents in Scotland.

Dean Lockhart, the Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman, said: “In the middle of a global pandemic, Scottish people will be downright furious that Nicola Sturgeon thinks it’s a good use of her time to shamelessly flog Scottish independence in Germany.

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“And this time independence would be different, because in 2014 Scotland would have left the UK and the EU at once.

“Now Scotland is leaving a smaller union to join a bigger union.”

He also praised Ms Sturgeon for her leadership in Scotland, branding the First Minister a potential candidate for President of the European Commission.

Mr Lamberts added: “Nicola Sturgeon comes across as a genuine person, politically astute and someone whose word can be trusted, whereas Boris Johnson comes across very quickly as someone you can’t trust.

“I can imagine Nicola Sturgeon being President of the European Commission, she seems to be much closer to the centre of gravity of European politics than Boris Johnson is.”


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