It’s our final weekly update before Christmas. The SNP have had a busy December, winning 47 out of 59 seats at the general election and pressing for a second independence referendum. This week we celebrated our new intake of MPs and reinforced our mandate for giving Scotland a choice about its future. Here’s a roundup of all the latest news.
📍 On Saturday the SNP’s newly elected MPs gathered outside the V&A in Dundee. The SNP took 80% of Scottish seats at Westminster.
🏴 The people of Scotland have spoken.
🙈 Westminster has ignored Scotland for three years.
📣 On Thursday the people of Scotland said – enough. #SNPWin
— The SNP (@theSNP) December 14, 2019
📍 Leading Labour figures recognised the SNP’s mandate for a fresh independence referendum. Here’s one.
A leading Scottish Labour politician has called for a second independence referendum.https://t.co/E0kP4jknTL
— STV News (@STVNews) December 14, 2019
📍 Nicola Sturgeon appeared on ITV News, saying it should be for Boris Johnson to explain his unsustainable position on a Scottish independence referendum.
This is as good as it gets when nailing the unacceptable position of UK and also the role the media must play in holding them to account. pic.twitter.com/9jk7zBMEf5
— Michael Stewart (@mstewart_23) December 14, 2019
📍 This voter perfectly captured the mood of what happened in Scotland at the general election.
My Ma went all the way down to London to be interviewed for 1 minute. Fortunately, that’s all the time she needs to absolutely Boss It. #indyref2020 @lesleyorr14 @NicolaSturgeon pic.twitter.com/FePCQZQh4X
— Lorn Macdonald (@LornMacdonald_) December 14, 2019
📍 On Sunday Nicola Sturgeon was on the Andrew Marr Show, highlighting how Boris Johnson simply saying ‘No’ to a new referendum wouldn’t be the end of the matter.
“If Boris Johnson thinks saying no is the end of the matter then he is going to find himself completely and utterly wrong”
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 15, 2019
📍 On Monday the SNP’s Ian Blackford was on Channel 4 news, setting out the case for an independent Scotland as a bridge between the EU and UK.
❌ Scottish Tories said this election was about rejecting Scotland’s right to choose its own future – and lost 7 seats to the SNP.
🏴 We have a renewed and reinforced mandate to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands. Boris Johnson has no right to stand in the way. pic.twitter.com/3Nn7xA8Qta
— The SNP (@theSNP) December 16, 2019
📍 Later Ian Blackford met with the newly elected SNP MPs outside parliament in London. He highlighted how the Tories in Scotland made the general election all about blocking an independence referendum – and how that message was thoroughly rejected by Scottish voters.
‘The Tories fought on one simple message: say no to indyref2. Well, Boris, you got your answer.’
— STV News (@STVNews) December 16, 2019
📍 On Tuesday the SNP’s John Nicholson appeared on BBC Politics Live, outlining the SNP’s mandate to give the Scottish people a choice.
“We have been here before”
SNP MP John Nicolson recalls previous Tory rejection of a Scottish Parliament, as the government opposes renewed calls for a Scottish independence referendum
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 17, 2019
📍 Nicola Sturgeon then gave a statement to Scottish Parliament, reflecting on what the election results meant for Scotland’s future.
🏴 @NicolaSturgeon: “Later this week I will publish the detailed democratic case for a transfer of power from Westminster to this Parliament to allow for an independence referendum that is beyond legal challenge.”https://t.co/rsEsLmp1L2
— The SNP (@theSNP) December 17, 2019
📍 The First Minister challenged Jackson Carlaw, arguing that the UK Government has made it difficult to protect Scotland’s interests.
🙈 @NicolaSturgeon: "For Jackson Carlaw to stand up in this chamber and gloat that every part of the UK will be leaving the EU together is a disgrace."
🏴 Scotland should have the choice of a better, fairer, independent future.
— The SNP (@theSNP) December 17, 2019
📍 On Wednesday it was announced that half a million people had signed the Yes pledge, reaching a major milestone.
🏴 Half a million people have pledged their support for an independent Scotland.
🗳 At #GE2019, people voted FOR putting Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands, and REJECTED Boris Johnson’s Tory Brexit.
— Yes (@YesScot) December 18, 2019
📍 On Thursday Nicola Sturgeon made a statement from Bute House, setting out Scotland’s rejection of Boris Johnson’s government and the SNP’s renewed mandate for a fresh independence referendum.
"Scotland made very clear last week that it does not want a Tory government led by Boris Johnson, taking us out of Europe."@NicolaSturgeon says she has an "unarguable" mandate for a second Scottish independence referendum.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 19, 2019
📍 She called on people across Scotland to unite to defend Scotland’s right to self-determination, regardless of their stance on independence.
🏴 @NicolaSturgeon: "Today I urge people in Scotland, regardless of our differing views on independence, to rally round the case for Scotland’s right to choose – our right to self-determination."https://t.co/ayS4YHCWA1
— The SNP (@theSNP) December 19, 2019