NICOLA Sturgeon was encouraged to put the pandemic ahead of giving priority to another referendum on independence.
The First Minister was accused by Willie Rennie of seeking a “continuation” of Brexit next year when the two disagreed over a second referendum on independence.
The leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats said that the current problems at the Dover border offered a “insight” into the implications of breaking an economic relationship – and cautioned Ms. Sturgeon against pursuing a replay by urging the British government to allow the independence referendum of 2014 to be replicated.
But on Wednesday, Ms. Sturgeon hit back during the First Minister’s Questions, accusing Mr. Rennie of presenting a “pantomime” of his own while insisting that when the pandemic hit, she had put Indyref2 preparation on hold and was not consciously planning a vote to be held while the crisis is handled.
Mr. Rennie said, “In the last 48 hours in Dover, we have had a glimpse of what happens when you break an economic partnership.”
“But with her referendum this time next year, the First Minister wants to make the same mistakes.
I know Christmas is a time for sequels. But now we’ve seen how Brexit One is, and yet the First Minister still wants Brexit Two to break up another economic union.
By next Christmas, why does the First Minister want another Brexit?
“Over the weekend, the First Minister said it would be irresponsible to pursue Brexit in the midst of a global pandemic, not noticing the irony that she plans to hold an independence referendum in the midst of a pandemic.”
The First Minister replied by pointing out her wish for an independent Scotland to rejoin the European Union as part of the international community.
She said, “The only reason we’re currently facing the prospect of a no-deal Brexit in Scotland is that we’re not independent and that we’ve been forced against our will.”
Independence is not the same as Brexit, Scotland will see independence with other European Union autonomous nations, working together where possible, even on topics such as Covid and shaping our own future.
“I found out what Willie Rennie is up to today, he realized that people really miss pantomimes, so he decided to deliver one himself.”
Ms. Sturgeon accused the Lib Dems of being a pro-Brexit party, noting that the group had once called for a second referendum on Brexit and that its tactics are now changing.
When we continue to recover from this pandemic, as we begin to ask ourselves all over the world what kind of nations, what kind of communities we want to live in,” she added.”
“I want the people of Scotland to be responsible for answering that question, not people like Boris Johnson.”