Nicola Sturgeon accused of ‘copying Trump’ after rebranding independence bid as ‘democracy movement’

Nicola Sturgeon accused of ‘copying Donald Trump’s playbook’ as SNP leader sparks anger by renaming her independence drive ‘Scotland’s democracy movement’

  • Nicola Sturgeon accused of copying former US President Donald Trump’s ‘playbook’
  • Anger as SNP leader rebrands her independence bid as ‘democracy movement’
  • The Prime Minister made remarks at a meeting in Edinburgh following the Supreme Court ruling
  • Judges ruled she cannot hold an independence vote without Westminster’s approval

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Nicola Sturgeon was accused today of copying former US President Donald Trump’s “playbook” after she renamed her independence drive “Scotland’s democracy movement.”

The SNP leader continues her campaign to break up the UK despite a huge setback.

The High Court yesterday ruled unanimously that the Scottish First Minister cannot enact a law for a new independence referendum without the approval of Westminster.

Following that statement, Ms Sturgeon addressed pro-independence supporters at a rally outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh last night.

She railed against the ‘Westminster establishment’, telling the crowd, ‘No establishment, Westminster or otherwise, will ever silence the voice of the Scottish people.’

The Prime Minister also predicted that the number of pro-independence supporters would increase in the coming weeks.

“We are here as representatives of Scotland’s independence movement, a movement that will grow in numbers every day,” she said.

“But today our independence movement is also becoming Scotland’s democratic movement.”

Nicola Sturgeon addressed pro-independence supporters at a rally outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh last night

Nicola Sturgeon addressed pro-independence supporters at a rally outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh last night

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday that the Scottish First Minister cannot legislate for a new independence referendum without the approval of Westminster

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday that the Scottish First Minister cannot legislate for a new independence referendum without the approval of Westminster

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously yesterday that the Scottish First Minister cannot legislate for a new independence referendum without the approval of Westminster

The SNP leader continues her campaign to break up the UK despite the huge setback

The SNP leader continues her campaign to break up the UK despite the huge setback

The SNP leader continues her campaign to break up the UK despite the huge setback

Pro-independence supporters heard Ms Sturgeon protest against the 'Westminster establishment' last night

Pro-independence supporters heard Ms Sturgeon protest against the 'Westminster establishment' last night

Pro-independence supporters heard Ms Sturgeon protest against the ‘Westminster establishment’ last night

Ms Sturgeon was challenged for attempting to review her independence bid as a “democratic movement” in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling.

Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton, who leads his party in the Scottish Parliament, said: “This title of ‘Scotland’s democracy movement’ is straight out of the Trump playbook and can go in the bin.

“I was elected to oppose a referendum by more votes than any other candidate in the history of the Scottish Parliament. It is my democratic duty to continue to oppose it.’

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross also objected to Ms Sturgeon’s choice of language after the First Minister was told she would need Westminster’s approval for a second independence vote.

He told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland: ‘I think the language we’ve heard from Nicola Sturgeon over the last 24 hours about ‘democracy deniers’ is very dangerous and damaging.

Not only is that an insult to me as a politician and as a leader of a political party – I admit that the political debate is noisy – but there are millions of Scots who do not want another referendum at the moment.

“It’s their prime minister telling them they are ‘democracy deniers’ because they want the focus to be on the global crisis of the cost of living, on health care.”

During the Prime Minister's questions in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, Ms Sturgeon admitted she was 'disappointed' by the High Court ruling

During the Prime Minister's questions in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, Ms Sturgeon admitted she was 'disappointed' by the High Court ruling

During the Prime Minister’s questions in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, Ms Sturgeon admitted she was ‘disappointed’ by the High Court ruling

Douglas Ross

Douglas Ross

Alex Cole Hamilton

Alex Cole Hamilton

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton both expressed concern over Ms Sturgeon’s choice of language

During the Prime Minister’s questions in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, Ms Sturgeon admitted she was ‘disappointed’ by the High Court ruling, but said she would “accept and respect” the verdict.

She added: The denial of democracy by Westminster parties now demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that the idea of ​​the UK as a voluntary partnership of nations is not now a reality, if it ever was.

‘The UK Government is of course free to respect democracy and agree with the Scottish Government for a lawful, constitutional, democratic referendum.

“However, regardless of Westminster’s attempts to block democracy, I will always ensure that Scotland’s voice is heard and that Scotland’s future is always in Scotland’s hands.”

Downing Street said yesterday that Rishi Sunak would “try” to avoid another Scottish independence referendum while prime minister.

Asked if Mr Sunak could rule out another vote while in office, his press secretary said: “I think that’s something we’d like to do.”

She stressed that a “once in a generation” referendum had been held not so long ago and that result should be respected.

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