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Nicola Sturgeon’s EU obsession mocked in savage BBC skit: ‘Blood’s thicker than Juncker’

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has reaffirmed her commitment to holding a second independence referendum in the first half of the new parliamentary term. At the announcement of her draft co-operation agreement with the Scottish Greens, the SNP leader said the deal made it “impossible on any democratic basis” for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to continue to refuse a second vote on the constitution. Ms Sturgeon said: “I believe Scotland should be independent so that we can better equip ourselves to recover from Covid in the way that I think a majority of people across our country wishes to do – towards a greener, fairer Scotland.

“This agreement, I think, makes it hard and indeed impossible on any democratic basis for a UK Government to resist the right of the Scottish people to choose their own future.

“We’re simply asking for democracy to be respected.”

Westminster has repeatedly rejected attempts by the Scottish Government to secure the necessary powers to hold another independence referendum, with senior ministers and Mr Johnson saying the focus should be on recovery from COVID-19.

As tensions between Westminster and Holyrood rise and uncertainty over the Union continues, a hilarious BBC skit mocking Ms Sturgeon’s relentless attempts to keep Scotland inside the EU has resurfaced.

In 2017, the SNP leader was teased as Radio 4’s Now Show compared Brexit and Ms Sturgeon’s Scottish independence quest to an “unfolding soap opera”.

The comical sketch was broadcast the same day the First Minister wrote a letter to former Prime Minister Theresa May demanding a second vote on separation.

In the letter, the First Minister argued Scotland had to be given the right to exercise their “right of self-determination”.

She added: “The purpose of such a referendum is to give people in Scotland the choice of following the UK out of the EU and single market on the terms you negotiate, or becoming an independent country.”

However, her repeated calls to break up the 300-year union bore the brunt of the jokes in a Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis’ soap opera parody.

The spoof began with a pregnant woman telling her husband: “I’ve got news for you, I’m going to have a Brexit.

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“It’s going to be great. We’ve been trying for years and it has finally happened.”

A disgruntled man responded: “You can’t have a Brexit, it’ll ruin your life – who did this to you?”

Before she could respond, the door opened and a woman impersonating Ms Sturgeon interrupted them, saying: “What’s this that I hear about a Brexit?”

The man then said: “Oh, hello Nicola.”

Mocking the SNP’s continuous praise for the EU, the Sturgeon impersonator quipped: “But I like Brussels, he’s a great stepdad.”

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The pregnant woman said: “He’s no good for you. We’re family and family comes first.”

Alluding to the length of time the UK has been a member of the Brussels club, Ms Sturgeon added: “I’ve been with him for 43 years.”

In the final payoff as the audience was left in stitches, the man finished: “Nicola, Nicola!

“Always remember, blood is thicker than Juncker.”

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