'Selfish' Sturgeon's SNP accused of publishing propaganda with sycophantic EU 'puff piece'
Nicola Sturgeon has been blasted by Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie
The news comes just days after it was revealed the Scottish government published a document two years ago slamming the institution claiming it was “lacking legitimacy.”
In the latest desperate bid to battle against the UK government, Ms Sturgeon’s new Brexit minister Michael Russell, who visited Downing Street with the First Minister last month, has published a document outlining the “historical, political and legal reasons why Scotland’s voice needs to be heard following the EU referendum”.
It mirrors Ms Sturgeon’s constant demands Scotland’s voice is heard chiefly through her continued drive for independence.
Mr Rennie and Ms Sturgeon in the Holyrood chamber
What the Scottish Government needs to do is bin the vanity publishing
Now opposition politicians have rounded on Ms Sturgeon with Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie – a fellow Remainer – describing the paper as a “blinkered and selfish puff piece”.
Mr Rennie said: “What the Scottish Government needs to do is bin the vanity publishing and get behind the campaign to keep the UK and Scotland in the single market and the EU.
“We do that by making sure people get a chance to vote on the final deal.
Mr Salmond took a a trip to Europe with former Tory Tasmina Ahmed Sheik before she was an SNP MP
“The alternative is a blank cheque Brexit very few people voted for anywhere in Britain.”
Sturgeon’s government has said it is determined to keep Scotland in the single market, even if the rest of the UK leaves, and will publish findings in the coming weeks.
This is despite the fact the rest of the UK is the country’s largest trading partner.
Scottish Brexit minister Mike Russell watches Ms Sturgeon clench her fists outside Downing Street
In July, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson revealed Scottish exports to the rest of the UK are worth £48.5 billion compared to £11.6 billion to Europe.
She urged Ms Sturgeon not to jeopardise “our own single market” by seeking to “rip Scotland out of Britain”.
However, Ms Sturgeon is seemingly undeterred by the potential damage her constant grandstanding is creating.
And she appears to have ignored the recent advice from Norway’s trade minister Monica Maelandsaid who said Scotland has little chance of joining the European Free Trade Association despite her modelling her theories on that concept.
The SNP supports Ms Sturgeon and Mr Salmond in their quest to keep Scotland in Europe
In the report, Scotland’s Brexit Minister Mr Russell said: “Since the Scottish Parliament was re-established in 1999, the people of Scotland have exercised their democratic right to have a Government that represents their needs.
“The rest of the United Kingdom acknowledged and respected the right of the people of Scotland, within the Union, to make these decisions themselves.
“EU law stands at the centre of these arrangements, shaping the powers of the Scottish Parliament and providing rights to the citizens of Scotland.
Ms Sturgeon’s government has been accused of writing a “vanity puff piece”
“However, following the EU referendum their rights in areas that are devolved to the Scottish Parliament are now under threat.
“Whilst we accept that the formal EU negotiating role belongs constitutionally to the UK, it is also clear that Scotland’s political history and current constitutional framework make it imperative that our distinctive voice and views are heard loud and clear in London and throughout Europe.”
It comes as it was revealed former First Minister Alex Salmond recently travelled to Geneva for talks.
Scottish Conservative finance spokesman Murdo Fraser said: “Norway’s trade minister has now joined many other European figures in pointing out that a deal like this is simply not going to happen.
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“And even if it were possible, the SNP government itself said only two years ago that it would not be right for Scotland.
“The UK has voted to leave the European Union and the Scottish Government now must engage with the UK Government in securing the right deal for all of us.
“Pointless day trips to Geneva are not going to help anybody, and just add to the SNP’s confusion over its Brexit stance.”
Ms Sturgeon has so far refused to publish the cost of her trips to the EU for meetings with Jean Claude Juncker despite the Scottish Ministerial Code saying they must be done three months in arrears.
The Scottish Government is at least six months behind publishing data in relation to meetings and spending.
The government has been approached for comment.