Nicola, I’m so sorry! Christine Grahame, an SNP MSP, concedes that “no one is hitting the referendum button.”
Christine Grahame, an SNP MSP, has stated that “nobody is hitting the referendum button,” a blow to Nicola Sturgeon, who is pushing for a second referendum in a few years.
After the Scottish Government reached a “ground-breaking” power-sharing pact with the Greens, Nicola Sturgeon said she has a “undeniable” mandate for a second Scottish independence referendum. This includes a deal to have another referendum on Scottish independence by the end of 2023 if the coronavirus threat has passed. But, after committing to bring Scotland through Covid first, SNP MSP Christine Grahame has pushed back any thoughts of fighting for Scottish independence.
Scottish Tory MSP Oliver Mundell told ITV’s Representing Border: “This alliance is going to create anarchy.”
“It completely contradicts the beliefs of the people of Scotland’s south.
“When Christine says these parties want to work together, they only have one goal in mind: to dismantle our United Kingdom.
“All the green stuff is really window dressing; the Greens have quite extreme ideas, and our environment is last on their list.”
Ms Grahame responded, “We make it clear that we’ve been a pro-independence party, but nobody’s going to call a referendum until we’ve gotten through Covid and this situation.”
“My main concern is the upcoming winter. I know the First Minister put a lot of emphasis on it.
“I hope the entire parliament is focused on it, because we have a long road ahead of us.”
It comes as Scotland’s daily coronavirus cases have increased by over 2,000 in the last 24 hours, with seven coronavirus patients dying.
According to the most recent Scottish Government numbers released on Tuesday, there were 6,029 daily instances on Tuesday, up from 3,893 on Monday.
Although the numbers are still lower than the all-time high of 7,113 set on Sunday, the number of patients at the hospital has continued to grow.
On Monday, 585 people with freshly diagnosed Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals, up 34 from the day before, with 54 patients in intensive care, up two.
The daily death toll is currently 8,118, based on persons who initially tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days.
The daily test positivity percentage has increased to 14.9 percent from 14.1 percent the day before.
“Brinkwire Summary News” reports that 4,106,408 persons have gotten the first dosage of the Covid-19 vaccine.