Sturgeon claims independence movement ‘galvanised’ by court ruling

Sturgeon clashes with reporter over independence questions

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Nicola Sturgeon has been mocked after insisting the Scottish independence movement has been “galvanised” by the UK top court’s blocking of a second referendum. The Supreme Court this week ruled that such a vote could not be held without the UK Government’s consent.

Ms Sturgeon at first described the decision as a “hard pill” to swallow, but has this evening claimed its plays to her advantage.

The First Minister said Westminster parties were making a “catastrophic miscalculation” if they believe the court’s ruling pays into their hands.

She pointed to pro-independence protests outside Holyrood after the verdict was given, were crowds held banners reading “Scotland should be an independent”.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Thousands of people took to the streets – in freezing Scottish winter weather – to demonstrate their support for Scottish democracy.”

But pro-UK writer Effie Deans stressed this was indicator of support for Scotland to leave the UK.

Brining to question attendance numbers at the demonstrations, she told Express.co.uk: “If there was going to be a huge surge of anger and support for independence after the Supreme Court judgement then there would have been more than a few hundred Scottish nationalists at the various demonstrations afterwards.”

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