Scottish leader says independence 'essential' to pandemic recovery

Scottish independence is not a distraction from the coronavirus pandemic but an essential part of recovery from it, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Monday.”Independence is not a distraction from the task of post-Covid reconstruction,” she said. “It is essential to getting it right.”Sturgeon was defending her Scottish National Party’s (SNP’s) decision to push for another independence referendum if it wins elections for the devolved Scottish parliament in May.On Monday she said she would push for a fresh vote on Scotland’s future “in the early part of the new parliament” if the SNP came o…

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