Sir Bill Cash, MP for Stone, ridiculed the First Minister, insisting she had no chance of convincing the Scottish people to follow her independence dream.
The veteran Brexiteer, on Wednesday, dealt Ms Sturgeon a significant blow after he warned her of the United Kingdom’s rights to contest the ownership of North Sea oil reserves, which the Scotland’s economy relies so heavily on.
In a new attack, Sir Bill told Express.co.uk Ms Sturgeon already knows she is on “extremely bad ground” and is fighting to save her career.
He said: “I think she is on extremely bad ground and I think she must know it, for all the glitzy meetings she has had recently in front of golden mirror and God knows what else.
Sir Bill Cash declared Nicola Sturgeon was facing her political end
I think Nicola Sturgeon is on extremely bad ground and I think she must know it
Sir Bill Cash
“The fact is they are not on good ground, first of all, the opinion polls demonstrate with increasing certainty that the people of Scotland are extremely concerned.
“They have already voted once, by 10 per cent, not to have independence. Secondly, since then armageddon, project fear argument has gone up in a puff of smoke.”
Sir Bill moved on to add the SNP won’t be able to hold onto the oil in the North Sea oil, which he says will likely be contested by the UK.
Ms Sturgeon has pinned her independence hopes on being able to secure sole ownership of the oil fields in order to prop up Scotland’s failing economy.
Despite the warnings her economy has faltered, partly due to declining oil reserves and the plummeting price of the fuel.
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The MP for Stone continued: “North Sea oil is in significant decline and it’s not producing the revenues.
“Even supposing they can get their hands on North Sea oil because there is an issue about territorial waters, which doesn’t seem to get discussed – they belong to the United Kingdom.”
Ms Sturgeon, addressing an audience in Glasgow, on Tuesday, said she would adhere to her own timetable and hold a referendum between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.
In the speech, she claimed a second independence vote would allow Scots to make an informed choice about their future in the European Union.
Opposition parties have berated the leader’s focus on independence, demanding Ms Sturgeon concentrate on her government role and respect the 2014 referendum.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May met Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
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British Prime Minister Theresa May meets Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in Glasgow, following the announcement that Scotland is to hold a second Independence Referendum
The Prime Minister accused the SNP of attempting to jeopardise the UK’s negotiations with Brussels, adding “working together” was the best chance for Scotland and the UK to get the best Brexit deal.
Mrs May told ITV News: “My message is very clear – now is the time. I’ve explained the reasons why. I think we should be working to get the right deal for Scotland and the UK with our future partnership with the European Union.
“It would be unfair to Scotland, the people of Scotland at the moment that they would be being asked to make a crucial decision without the information they need to make that decision.”