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Nicola Sturgeon must rule out a Catalan-style 'Wildcat' referendum

Nicola Sturgeon has been challenged to rule out a ‘wildcat’ consultative referendum on leaving the UK.

The First Minister is under pressure from her colleagues including Mhairi Black MP, who said in an interview in the Sunday Times ‘there could be mileage’ in a Catalan-style vote.

Leading SNP MP Joanna Cherry has also posted on Twitter today: “There is a persuasive body of legal opinion that Holyrood has the power to hold an advisory referendum.”

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford told Politics Scotland that the rejection of a Section 30 request by the UK Government is ‘not the end of the matter’.

Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:

“These senior Nationalists just don’t get it. The majority of people in Scotland don’t want a divisive second independence referendum, and they don’t want to leave the UK.

“Just imagine if they put this amount of effort into addressing the crisis in our schools and hospitals, rather than on how to divide communities.

“Trying to get independence through the back door through a wildcat contest is simply not acceptable and would end up in an expensive legal battle.

“Nicola Sturgeon must rule out a Catalan-style referendum and get on with the job she is elected to do. Scotland deserves better.”

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