Labour MP Ian Murray ripped into the first minister for pursuing a second vote on independence, despite recent polls suggesting there is no appetite for a rerun of the 2014 referendum.
Speaking to Channel 4 after 69 MSPs voted to hold another referendum against 59 on Tuesday, he argued it was the wrong decision taken at the wrong time.
He said: “We are on the same side as the Scottish people, we don’t want a second independence referendum. We don’t think the Scottish Parliament should have made that decision today, it’s the wrong decision at the wrong time, for their own reasons.
“And we have to remember the Scottish National Party get out of bed every single day to try to and deliver independence so [they’re] always going to look for a trigger to bring forward this particular vote.”
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Ian Murray said the Scottish Government only listens to democracy when it suits them
The MP for Edinburgh South attacked the Scottish government as he said they only listen to democracy when it suited their agenda.
Mr Murray added: “The elected parliament also voted to ban fracking which the SNP Government decided not to do. There has been six occasions in the last six months where the Scottish government has been defeated in the parliament and decided to disregard that.
“They only like Parliamentary democracy when it suits [them]. The Scottish people have said quite clearly in 2014 by 55 to 45 to stay in the UK and there hasn’t been a single movement in that particular result even post-Brexit.”
The Labour Party politician argued Ms Sturgeon had changed the wording of the independence demand from “the will of Scottish people” to “the will of Scottish parliament” because she knew there was no support for it amongst Scots.
He said: “This is about being on the side of the Scottish people, it should come from the Scottish people.
They only like Parliamentary democracy when it suits [them]
“Nicola Sturgeon and Patrick Harvie of the Greens always talked about bringing forward a second independence referendum if it was the will of the Scottish people.
“They have now changed that to the will of the Scottish Parliament because they know Scottish people don’t want this.
“Poll after poll after poll says that about two-thirds if Scottish people do not want a second independence referendum now and nothing’s moved post-Brexit.”
After the vote, the SNP leader hinted she plans to push for talks within weeks as she said she now has a mandate.
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A total of 69 MSPs voted to hold another referendum and 59 voted against
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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (R) reacts as she leaves the chamber following a vote on the second day of the 'Scotland's Choice' debate on a motion to seek the authority to hold an indpendence referendum at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh
“I very much welcome the parliament’s vote, the Scottish government now has a mandate from parliament to seek discussion with the UK Government,” Ms Sturgeon told the BBC.
“We will now seek sensible and constructive discussion. We will do that after the triggering of Article 50, I recognise that tomorrow is a big and important day for the Prime Minister.
“I hope the United Kingdom Government will respect the view of parliament. This is simply about giving people in Scotland a choice.
“We agree now is not the right time for that choice but that choice should be available to people in Scotland when the terms of Brexit are clear. So I look forward to discussions in the weeks ahead.”
However, Theresa May has already ruled out talks ahead of Brexit, reiterated to Ms Sturgeon “now is not the time” for a divisive vote on Scotland’s future within the UK.
Speaking minutes after today's vote, a Westminster spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister has been clear that now is not the time for an independence referendum, and we will not be entering into negotiations on the Scottish government's proposal.
"At this point, all our focus should be on our negotiations with the European Union, making sure we get the right deal for the whole of the UK.
"It would be unfair to the people of Scotland to ask them to make a crucial decision without the necessary information about our future relationship with Europe, or what an independent Scotland would look like.
"We have been joined together as one country for more than 300 years. We've worked together, we've prospered together, we've fought wars together, and we have a bright future. At this crucial time we should be working together, not pulling apart."