The MSP for Lothian raged at Ms Sturgeon’s history of ignoring the will of Holyrood when the Scottish government lost votes on areas including the NHS and education, saying this meant she did not have a leg to stand on when pushing through for a second Scottish referendum.
Ms Sturgeon’s minority SNP government is today asking the Scottish Parliament to back its plans to ask the Prime Minister for a second 30 order, which is needed to make a referendum legally binding.
But speaking at Holyrood, Mr Findlay pounced on the First Minister’s refusal to respond to his comments claiming she “rejects democracy”.
Neil Findlay invited Nicola Sturgeon to stand up as he claimed she "rejects democracy"
Let none of us take any lectures from the First Minister about respecting the will of parliament
He said: “This argument only applies when it suits the First Minister’s case. Where was this great champion of parliamentary democracy when this parliament defeated her government on fracking, on NHS cuts, on Highlands and Islands Enterprise, on council funding, on the Offensive Behaviour at Football, on failing education policy and local government’s cuts.
“I will give way to the First Minister if she can tell us why it suits her argument, but when she’s defeated, she rejects democracy. I would give way if the First Minister wants to tell us.”
After her refusal to take up the offer, Mr Findlay added: “That tells you everything. Come on, tell us. Not a movement from her. Did she change her policy after those defeats? No, she ploughed on regardless of this parliament.
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"So let none of us take any lectures from the First Minister about respecting the will of parliament when by her own arrogant belief that she can do no wrong, she has shown nothing but contempt for this parliament.”
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The Scottish government is expected to win today's vote with the support of the Scottish Greens – despite opposition from the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats.
But the UK Government in Westminster has already signalled it would reject any move by Ms Sturgeon until after the country leaves the European Union.
The First Minister wants a vote to be held in the autumn of next year or the spring of 2019.