Nicola Sturgeon urged MSPs to support her demand for another independence referendum, less than three years after Scots voted to stay part of the UK.
The SNP leader told MSPs her decision to demand another vote for the Scottish people was not “reached lightly,” before she was criticised by Ruth Davidson.
The leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party argued that the First Minister had misled voters in her pledge for another referendum.
Speaking in Scottish Parliament, Ms Davidson said: “A businessman called Alan Robbie asked her why she was dragging us back to a referendum, and looking him in the eye she promised him, if opinion stays as it was in the referendum, there won’t be another referendum.
Ruth Davidson told the First Minister to take responsibility for demanding another independence vote
“She talks of outrage, and I wonder how outraged Mr Robbie is feeling today.”
The SNP leader fired back at Ms Davidson, asking her to look at the manifesto in which she was elected on.
She replied: “I would like to ask Ms Davidson why she has omitted to quote the manifesto that I was elected as First Minister on last May?”
Ms Davidson snapped back at the First Minister telling her to take responsibility for attempting to pull Scotland out of the UK, instead of blaming it on the Government.
“Don’t worry First Minister, I’m getting to that,” she added.
The First Minister insisted the Scottish people would get decision about their future
It won’t do First Minister, take responsibility!
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“What I will do, is all through her speech, the First Minister was talking about the will of the people of Scotland.
“The people of Scotland don’t want this and it won’t wash to have a First Minister standing there washing her hands saying, ‘it’s not me that’s dragging us there, with a heavy heart, a big Tory did this, and ran away’.
“It won’t do First Minister, take responsibility.”
The Scottish Government is likely to win a vote in favour of a second referendum when they vote on Wednesday afternoon.
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The SNP leader told the Holyrood chamber: “The decision to seek parliament's authority to begin the process towards an independence referendum is not one that I have reached lightly.
“It is therefore important to set out why we have arrived at this point and also, in light of the significant change facing our country, to reflect on the importance of giving the people of Scotland a democratic choice over our future.
“As a result of the Brexit result we know that change is now inevitable. The question is what kind of change is right for Scotland and should that be decided for us or by us.”