FMQs LIVE: Sturgeon ‘knows she would lose’ second independence referendum vote

Ms Sturgeon is set to unveil her road map to separation next week, but Alistair Darling believes that the Scottish leader does not really want to hold a second independence vote. Lord Darling, who ran the pro-union “Better Together” campaign during the first referendum in 2014, claimed that with polls showing that a majority of Scots oppose Ms Sturgeon’s timetable for a referendum in 2023, she “does not want” the disastrous fate of leading another losing campaign. Speaking to LBC, Lord Darling said: “I don’t think she wants her referendum any more than I do because I think if you had it today, she’d lose. “It’s interesting she recognised the border problem and said it was a challenge. Well, we’ve seen in Northern Ireland, what happens when you stick a border in the United Kingdom it is more than a challenge. “It’s a complete disaster.”

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