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Letters: Win-win for Sturgeon: no referendum to lose, but an enemy to blame

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, and Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon holds a heart-shaped placard reading "Scotland"
Credit: MICHAL WACHUCIK/AFP/Getty

SIR – Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party, must think all her Christmases have come at once.

Not only can she heave a massive sigh of relief that she no longer has to put her political survival on the line with a referendum that she would almost certainly lose, but she can keep her supporters onside by accusing the evil English Tories of once again frustrating the will of the people of Scotland.

Karl Williams
Kirkintilloch, Dunbartonshire

Theresa May has dismissed Nicola Sturgeon’s plans for a new independence referendum as 'muddle on muddle' Credit: Andrew Milligan /PA

SIR – Scotland voted to remain part of the United Kingdom in 2014 and chose, therefore, to accept the democratic decisions of the entire United Kingdom, whether it agrees with them or not. On this premise, there is no basis for a second referendum.

The Scottish National Party only wants to accept the democratic decisions of the United Kingdom when it suits them. Yet rural England, for example, has never voted for a Labour government,...

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