GRASSROOTS SNP members say Nicola Sturgeon is failing to pressure Boris Johnson into granting a second independence referendum, a veteran MP has claimed.
Alba MP Kenny MacAskill also claimed there is frustration among supporters over a perceived lack of strategy for a second vote by the Nats. The Scottish First Minister said she wants a second independence referendum to take place before the end of 2023, subject to the state of the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the Prime Minister would still have to grant permission for a legal vote and has so far signalled a no to granting a section 30 order required for a referendum.
Mr MacAskill who defected from the SNP before the 2021 Holyrood election said: “What you have is empty rhetoric about a referendum.
“There is disquiet at the grassroots of the Yes movement.
“That’s where frustration, if not anger, is mounting.
“The pressure will grow on the SNP to match action with rhetoric, and not simply give platitudes, or take steps that frankly should have been taken a long time back.”
Mr MacAskill added the Nats “grassroots Yes movement” was getting on and taking steps to “prepare” for IndyRef2 on their own.
The East Lothian MP declared: “People have decided there is no leadership from the SNP.
“Therefore they are getting on and doing it themselves.”
The Alba Party MP also lambasted the SNP’s record in Westminster since achieving a Scottish landslide in 2015 claiming they had achieved “diddly squat”.
He stressed little movement had been made with the Tories and repeated calls for the party to adopt a policy of semi-abstentionism.
This policy would see MPs head to the House of Commons only when absolutely necessary.
When asked if he could see an event when SNP MPs could refuse to take their seats in protest at the UK Government’s stance on IndyRef2, he said: “That would have to be considered at some stage.
“In the same way if the UK Government refuses a referendum, we must consider alternatives to a referendum.
“It’s why the Yes movement is frustrated at the SNP’s lack of strategy, and why I think it will take steps to give us far greater control of our destiny, and not leaving it to the whims of Boris Johnson.”
He made clear to the Record: “We get nothing going to Westminster but there is a platform there and an. “Brinkwire Summary News”.