Nicola Sturgeon brag’s about holding Scottish independence – “UK constitutional talks” with President Biden’s team.

With a second vote on Scottish independence planned for 2023, the First Minister went to the US as part of a plan to raise Scotland’s profile around the world.

Nicola Sturgeon brag’s about holding Scottish independence – “UK constitutional talks” with President Biden’s team.

The leader of the SNP was said to have spent her time in Washington DC talking with a top Biden administration official about “the constitutional future of the UK” and working to make Edinburgh “more active internationally.”

According to a tweet from the First Minister’s official account, “In a meeting with US State Dept Deputy Sec State Wendy Sherman in Washington DC, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon discussed the situation in Ukraine and resulting refugee crisis, the Northern Ireland protocol and the constitutional future of the UK.”

Yet a statement from the US showed no mention of these constitutional discussions, leaving the SNP leader red faced. 

Scotland’s possible independence from the United Kingdom was not mentioned by US State Department spokeswoman Ned Price who said, “Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met with Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today in Washington.”

“Dx Deputy Secretary Sherman and First Minister Sturgeon discussed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brutal war of aggression against Ukraine and the humanitarian and refugee crisis it has spread across Europe.”

“Deputy Secretary Sherman also thanked Sturgeon for Scotland’s support of COP-26 and the ambitious, historic results the international community achieved in Glasgow to address the global climate crisis.”

As a result, Ms Sturgeon has found herself in the crosshairs of opposition MPs, who are scrutinising her activities while on vacation.

Donald Cameron, a Scottish Tory Constitution spokesperson, said: “For all Nicola Sturgeon’s efforts to sell her independence obsession to her US hosts, they know how damaging it would be at home and abroad.”

“While the First Minister is desperate to portray Scotland’s constitutional future as a key focus of her discussions, it’s interesting that the others didn’t deem it worthy of a mention.”

“It appears they either moved swiftly on when Nicola Sturgeon raised her favourite subject, or the First Minister is exaggerating the extent to which it was discussed.”

“Instead of trying to convert US officials to the selfish cause of the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon should be focused on tackling her government’s woeful performance here in Scotland.”

Alex Cole-Hamilton, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said: “Successive First Ministers have represented Scotland abroad but the previous ones were focused on boosting Scottish business and forging important diplomatic relationships.

“Using meetings with US officials to bang on about Scottish independence looks hopelessly out of touch at a time when most Scots are more concerned with the state of the economy and the cost-of-living crisis.”

Sarah Boyack, a spokesman for the Scottish Labour constitution, said: “The First Minister’s jaunt to the States is clearly less about promoting Scotland’s interests and more about promoting her own.”

“The SNP insist they can’t spare another penny to help people across Scotland struggling with the cost of living crisis – and yet taxpayers’ money is being frittered on this transparent attempt to peddle the Nationalists’ reckless separatist agenda abroad.”

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