SNP MPs mocked for ‘grumpy’ demands for Scottish independence amid ongoing Sturgeon row

SNP ‘still grumpy’ over referendum result says Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg mocked the SNP for being “grumpy” over the results of the Scottish independence referendum. Calling for them to respect the result, the Commons Leader added that the ongoing “row” between the party’s current leader Nicola Sturgeon and former leader Alex Salmond is “a most disagreeable spectacle”. It came as Edinburgh East SNP MP Tommy Sheppard warned that pressure for Scottish independence is mounting with another opinion poll reporting that a majority of people are in favour of splitting the union.

He told MPs: “In the week when the 19th Scottish opinion poll reports majority support for independence, I ask again for a debate on this Parliament’s response.

“Yesterday, George Osborne, a man whose interventions single-handedly boosted Yes support in the last referendum, demanded that the Government ignore democratic decisions.

“He seems to believe that, as this union can’t be maintained by consent, it must be maintained by coercion.

“If this is becoming the Government’s view, surely this Parliament should discuss it?”

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Mr Rees-Mogg replied: “All, ultimately, (Mr Sheppard) wants to do every week is moan about the devolution settlement.

“The referendum was won by the unionists in 2014, it was accepted that it would be for a generation – a generation is not a mere six-and-a-half years.

“The Scottish people made their choice and he is still grumpy that they didn’t make the choice that he wanted.

“This Parliament respects the free choice that the Scottish people made more than he does.”

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Mr Rees-Mogg added that the SNP “is in such an awful muddle with its rows and disagreements, with Mr Salmond and Ms Sturgeon getting together like cats in a sack”.

He continued: “It is a most disagreeable spectacle and that is why the union is something that we should all support and not leave it to the dangerous activities of the SNP.”

It comes as more than half of Scots support independence, according to a new poll.

The Survation poll, conducted on behalf of the pro-independence Scot Goes Pop blog, found that 51 percent of those questioned said Scotland should be independent while 49 percent said it should not.


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Before don’t knows are excluded, the figures are 45 percent for yes, 43 percent for no and 12 percent for don’t know.

The poll of 1,020 Scots also found that 55 percent of women said they would vote for independence, compared with 45 percent of men.

Meanwhile, more than three quarters (78 percent) of those aged 25-34 said they support independence.

SNP Depute Leader Keith Brown said: “With 19 consecutive polls putting support for independence above 50 percent, it’s clear that people in Scotland believe they have the right to decide their own future – rather than being subjected to Westminster governments that they don’t vote for, led by the likes of Boris Johnson.”

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