Oh dear, Nicola! SNP MSP Christine Grahame admits ‘no one pressing referendum button’
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Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she has an “undeniable” mandate for a second Scottish independence referendum after the Scottish Government struck a “ground-breaking” power-sharing deal with the Greens. This includes an agreement to pursue another vote on Scottish independence before the end of 2023 if the threat of coronavirus has subsided. But SNP MSP Christine Grahame has pushed back any hopes of pushing for Scottish independence after vowing to get the country through Covid first.
Speaking to ITV’s Representing Border, Scottish Tory MSP Oliver Mundell said: “This coalition is going to deliver chaos.
“It goes directly against the views of the people in the south of Scotland.
“When Christine says these parties want to cooperate, there’s only one thing that they’ve got in mind and that’s breaking up our United Kingdom.
“All the green stuff is just window dressing, the Greens have very extreme views and right down at the bottom of their list is our environment.”
Ms Grahame responded: “We make it plain we’ve been a party of independence but nobody is pressing any referendum button until we’re through Covid and this crisis.
“My concern is the winter that lies ahead. I know the First Minister focused on that.
“I hope the whole parliament is focused on that because there’s a hard road ahead.”
It comes as the number of daily coronavirus cases in Scotland has risen by more than 2,000 in the past 24 hours and seven coronavirus patients have died.
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The latest Scottish Government figures published on Tuesday record 6,029 daily cases, up from 3,893 on Monday.
The figures remain below the record high of 7,113 on Sunday, but the number of patients in the hospital have continued to rise.
A total of 585 people were in hospital on Monday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up by 34 on the previous day, with 54 patients in intensive care, up two.
The death toll under the daily measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – is now 8,118.
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The daily test positivity rate is 14.9 percent, up from 14.1% the previous day.
So far, 4,106,408 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination, and 3,680,761 have had their second.
The latest data comes after Finance Secretary Kate Forbes announced she is self-isolating for 10 days after a family member tested positive.
She said as she had her second vaccination under two weeks ago, she must self-isolate for the full period.
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