Pro-independence campaigner Stuart Campbell is starting his own party in a bid to oust Ms Sturgeon and the SNP in time for the next Holyrood election. He branded her and the SNP “a shambles”, adding he would wait until nearer the 2021 ballot to start is new party to challenge her. He told The National: “I think the SNP is a shambles at the moment. It doesn’t know what it’s doing.
“It’s conceivable that a Wings party might be able to pick up list seats that the pro-indy side otherwise might not.”
He added he would get his new party up and running “if it looked like there wasn’t going to be a pro-independence majority, which I think is a very real danger”.
Mr Campbell runs pro-independence website Wings Over Scotland, one of the country’s most popular blogs with 250,000 visitors monthly.
He said his party would support most of the SNP’s policies on taxes.
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He added he would be “strongly against” the SNP’s plans to reform gender recognition laws in Scotland.
Ms Sturgeon said his party would not help promote Scottish independence because she hopes to have held another independence referendum by then.
Her spokesman said: “The Scottish government has a cast-iron mandate for holding an independence referendum before the 2021 election and the first minister has made clear that she believes this should take place in the second half of next year.
“The SNP will continue to set out a positive vision for Scotland’s future as an independent nation.”
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Ms Sturgeon appeared on ITV’s Loose Woman to discuss her plan to pull Scotland from the UK due to Brexit.
She said she felt it was unfair Scotland had to leave the European Union when the majority of the country voted to remain.
But she was met with little sympathy from panellist Carol McGiffin, who was quick to remind Sturgeon the referendum was a “national” decision and voted for by the British public.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Scotland, we voted against Brexit and yet we face being ripped out of the European Union.
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“Independence, it’s not a rejection of people in England, it’s just about re-setting that relationship so it is one of equals, where we can’t be forced down paths we don’t want to go down.”
Ms McGiffin hit back: “Why are you so against Great Britain being independent of the European Union then?
“Because you want to stop Brexit but you want to be independent from the UK.”
Ms Sturgeon responded: “I think the two things are very different. Every single country in the EU is an independent country – look at Ireland, just now, a small country, but it’s got enormous clout in Europe.
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“Contrast that with the position Scotland’s in, we’re kind of being told we have to leave the EU no matter what.”
But Ms McGiffin wasn’t impressed as she shut down Ms Sturgeon, reminding her: “Because you’re part of the country.
“You do have your own Parliament but the decision’s made. The decision was made by the public. It was a national referendum.”
Ms Sturgeon replied: “The Remainers won in Scotland. You’re kind of making my point.”
Ms McGiffin snapped back: “But they won in London too – but what does that mean?”
“London, I’m a great fan of, but it’s not a country in the way that Scotland is,” Ms Sturgeon remarked.
“If the argument for Scotland remaining in the current system then you just have to accept being outvoted all the time.”
She then told the panel she and new Prime Minister Boris Johnson were “not very alike”.
The Scottish independence vote took place in 2014 and saw 55 percent vote against breaking up the union, and 44 percent vote for it.