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Scottish Greens brand early election 'opportunist' amid signs of United Kingdom parties split

Scottish Greens brand early election 'opportunist' amid signs of United Kingdom parties split

Writing in the Telegraph, the Scottish Tory leader predicted the Nationalists will "struggle" to repeat their 2015 achievement of winning 56 out of 59 Scottish seats and said "plenty of SNP MPs will now be looking over their shoulder".

LONDON, April 18 An early general election will help determine the future direction of Scotland, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday, as she seized on Theresa May's announcement to build her case for a second independence referendum.

"That means that this will be - more than ever before - an election about standing up for Scotland, in the face of a right-wing, austerity obsessed Tory government with no mandate in Scotland but which now thinks it can do whatever it wants and get away with it".

On June 8, the SNP will emerge as the largest party north of the border, but maintaining its current level of dominance will be extremely hard.

"Rather than focusing on a divisive second independence referendum the SNP should use the powers of the Scottish parliament to tax the richest so we can stop the cuts and invest instead".

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"The richest people in Scotland are seeing their incomes balloon while the number of people for who not even a job is protection from poverty is at its highest point since the Scottish Parliament was established".

"The UK Government really needs to take a step back from this, they need to look at the policy as a whole but particularly this guidance".

Business for Scotland CEO Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp said: "Theresa May doesn't have a mandate for the hard Brexit her government is pursuing, so she is now seemingly asking for one".

Mrs May responded to Ms Sturgeon's call for a second vote on Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom by telling the First Minister "now is not the time" for a fresh referendum and that "politics is not a game".

She stated: "At the last election in 2015 we said this would be a clear choice between a destructive Tory Party and a better future with Labour".

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Mr. Campbell believes that with the Scottish independence vote in 2014, general election of 2015, and the European Union referendum previous year - this latest addition could lead to voter fatigue and is the 'last thing they [voters] wanted to happen'.

The Tory government's decision to ban low income families from claiming tax credits for any more than two children, and then force women to prove that they were raped in order to claim tax credits for a third child is inhumane and barbaric - and as we saw in the protest in George Square last week, it is an issue of increasing public anger as the full reality of this inhuman policy becomes clear.

Sputnik spoke to Stuart Campbell, founder and editor of the pro-independence media monitoring site Wings over Scotland, about his views on the snap general election. We stand with the majority opinion in this country.

"If people want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is the chance". There will be no more mutterings about how her very existence contradicts the Brexit vote (it was for more democratic accountability and she has not won an election for her party).

As in Scotland, the referendum has exposed Labour's redundance, allowing the Leave/Remain and Left/Right paradigms to coalesce together behind the Right/Leave Conservatives and the Left/Remain Liberal Democrats.

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