Sturgeon's approval ratings collapse but support for SNP still strong

Ruben Ruiz
Мая 31, 2017

Sturgeon also promised Scotland a second independence referendum after Brexit if the SNP wins the majority of Scottish seats.

"And in these circumstances, any continued Tory attempts to block Scotland having a choice - when the time is right and the options are clear - would be democratically unsustainable".

Some may have been antagonised by Sturgeon's timing, wanting an opportunity to see the outcome of the Brexit negotiations before being asked to decide again on independence.

She argued that "only the SNP can keep the Tories in check" in Scotland, and said it was important to "strengthen Scotland's hand" rather than Theresa May's.

Labour opposes a second Scottish referendum, while the Liberal Democrats say "keeping the United Kingdom in the EU" would remove the basis for a second referendum.

Theresa May has fleshed out her proposals for a new Commission for Countering Extremism to advise the government on how to "stamp out" extremism, inspired by the Commission for Racial Equality which was established in 1976.

The SNP now holds an unprecedented 56 out of 59 Scottish seats in the Commons, and is privately reconciled to the likelihood of losing some of them on 8 June. Regardless of whether you voted leave or remain, a vote for the SNP at this election is a vote to ensure Scotland's interests are protected throughout that process.

Ms Davidson has attacked the SNP's domestic record in Scotland and fiercely opposes Ms Sturgeon's plans to hold a Scottish independence referendum.

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However, analysts say she was also hoping to get a larger majority in the UK Parliament in order to silence possible opposition from other parties to the outcome of the Brexit talks.

Last Monday (22 May) May was forced to backtrack on one of her Conservative Party's most high-profile election pledges to force elderly people to pay more for their social care after her opinion poll lead halved.

"There is just too much at stake for Brexit simply to be imposed on Scotland, no matter how damaging it turns out to be", Sturgeon, who is also first minister of the devolved Scottish government, told a launch of the SNP's policy offer to voters.

And she said:"We have formulated a partnership agreement which combines the manifesto commitments and priorities on which each party stood".

Despite this support for renewable energy technologies, the SNP would continue to press the United Kingdom government on support for late life oil and gas assets, as proposed in the most recent Budget statement.

Mr Rennie has claimed there is no contradiction between supporting another European Union referendum while opposing one on independence, arguing that people knew what they were voting for when they rejected independence in 2014.

Corbyn has ruled out a coalition between a Labour government and the SNP after the vote, and renewed his line tonight.

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