Sturgeon adamant over referendum

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Published: Monday 27th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Nicola Sturgeon has insisted that even if the SNP was to win every single seat in Scotland on May 7, it would not be a “green light” for a second referendum on independence.

The SNP leader said a vote for her party in the General Election was not a mandate for a future referendum as she repeated her promise of a “democratic lock” on the issue.

Scotland’s First Minister faced a grilling from young people on BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat on issues including Trident and mental health services.

Asked why she was “refusing to rule out” another referendum, Ms Sturgeon said : “I’m not refusing to rule it out or rule it in, I’m making the point that ultimately whether there’s another referendum is not my decision, it’s a decision for the majority of people in Scotland.

“What I’m very clear about is that this General Election is not about having another referendum.

“Even if, and I’m not saying we will incidentally, even if the SNP was to win every single seat in Scotland on May 7, I would not take that as the green light to have a referendum.

“That’s not a mandate for another referendum, because this election is not about independence, it’s about giving Scotland stronger clout in a stronger voice in the House of Commons.”

She added: “I’m not taking any vote for the SNP in this election as a mandate for independence. There’s no future referendum on the table just now or being proposed just now.”

Ms Sturgeon said a block of SNP MPs at Westminster could “force some really good changes”, but acknowledged that in a minority Parliament her party “won’t prevail on everything” and would have to make compromises.

She was pressed on whether , if a re ferendum was held across the UK on the fate of Trident, she would accept an outcome in favour of keeping the nuclear weapons system.

Ms Sturgeon said: “For the SNP to p revail on any of the issues we’re arguing, we’d have to be able to have a majority in the House of Commons – so if there’s a majority not to renew Trident, and I suspect there’s a lot of Labour MPs who would also like to see Trident not renewed, you have to get a majority.”

She was also challenged by the show’s host Chris Smith about her party’s “negative” message that a vote for the SNP would help to lock the Tories out of government.

The First Minister said: “I think a lot of people in Scotland would see it not as negative but as actually quite positive.”

Published: Monday 27th April 2015 by The News Editor

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