/Nicola Sturgeon addresses once in a generation independence claim on GMB

Nicola Sturgeon addresses once in a generation independence claim on GMB

Nicola Sturgeon hit out at Good Morning Britain host Martin Lewis over his questioning of staging another Scottish independence referendum.

The First Minister appeared on the ITV show ahead of the SNP conference which kicks off today and ends on Monday with a speech from Sturgeon.

Lewis quizzed the SNP leader about her plans for holding another vote on independence and asked about the once in a generation claim made in the White Paper back in 2014.

The money guru asked: “When it comes to referenda, and boy is that being controversial, on the argument as soon as a slight change of wind we have another referendum – you would have one a year.”

GMB's Martin Lewis quizzed Nicola Sturgeon earlier today
GMB’s Martin Lewis quizzed Nicola Sturgeon earlier today
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Sturgeon interrupted to say: “Oh, come on.”

Lewis continued: “My question was asking you, what would you define makes it valid to overturn a once in a generation vote to do it again? Is it just a slight majority for independence in the opinion polls?”

The FM replied: “What would deliver independence is a majority of people in Scotland voting for that, that is straightforward and simple.

“We can’t have independence on the whim of a politician, not me, Boris Johnson or anybody else.

“What is necessary to get the mandate to have that referendum to offer that choice, and I would go back to the fundamental point I made.

“I just fought an election. People vote for parties and for a whole host of reasons, not every item in a manifesto is necessarily agreed to by somebody who votes for the party.

“Nobody can see that there wasn’t clarity about what the SNP was offering on independence.

“The Tories tried to make it a single issue campaign, and lost overwhelmingly.

“The mandate is there whether or not Scotland becomes independent, though, is entirely a matter for the Scottish people.”

On the once in a generation claim raised by Martin Lewis the First Minister replied: “What was actually said was ‘don’t lose your chance here Scotland because you might not get another chance in a generation’.

“Nobody can decide democracy is a once in a moment chance. Democracy doesn’t work like that.”

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