Please, Boris, allow me to hold a referendum. ‘Oliver had a better chance of winning,’ Sturgeon ridiculed.

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Please, Boris, allow me to hold a referendum. ‘Oliver had a better chance of winning,’ Sturgeon ridiculed.

Boris Johnson’s threat to allow Nicola Sturgeon a second referendum has been described as “successful as a hungry orphan screaming for more in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.”

When introducing a motion to establish an Independence Convention at the ALBA Party conference, Kenny MacAskill made a reference to the classic Charles Dickens novel.

The plan, which was endorsed by delegates at today’s gathering in Greenock, called for the formation of a body made up of all elected politicians in Scotland “to offer support and substance to the Scottish Government’s independence negotiation position” in the event of a future referendum.

“Independence is what pushes us, it’s a cause that drives us, it’s a dream that will never die,” Mr MacAskill, who was elected as the party’s deputy leader today, added.

“We know there can be no recovery [from coronavirus]without independence.

“Now is the time to push for independence. Steps must be taken right away, not put off until later. It is both a need and a right for our people and our country.

“The Scottish Government has been handed mandate after mandate to act, the electoral underpinning and constitutional amendments are in place, and now it is time.”

“No longer must we be told to wait, nor must we be told it is dependant on Boris Johnson’s assent or that its timeline may be dictated by him,” the former Scottish Justice Secretary stated.

“Scotland has flatly rejected him, as it has every other Conservative Prime Minister since I was born.

“This Tory party’s quest for a gold-plated referendum has about as much chance of succeeding as a starving orphan screaming for more in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

“If our request is denied, we must act immediately. Not flea or cower. Every democratic avenue should be pursued.”

In an apparent dig at the SNP, the East Lothian MP went on to add that giving “empty rhetoric” to bring a second vote forward was “inadequate.”

“Leadership and guts must be demonstrated,” he said, adding that these have been lacking for far too long.

“Legal options, if not rejected by the Scottish Government, must be pursued in all courts, diplomatic and international appeals must be made, and action must be taken in the court that matters most, that of Scottish public opinion.”

However, Ian Murray MP, Labour’s Shadow Scottish Secretary, stated of the remarks, “Nicola Sturgeon may be prone to skillfully ducking.”

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