Nicola Sturgeon takes down a Daily Mail ‘political hack’ with just 10 words

Nicola Sturgeon delivering a speech
Brian Finlay

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has taken down the Daily Mail‘s self-described “political hack” Andrew Pierce. On 7 October, Pierce called Sturgeon “another member of the political elite who think they know better than the people”. His accusation came after Sturgeon confirmed SNP MPs would vote in favour of a People’s Vote if given the opportunity in the House of Commons. It didn’t end well for Pierce.

In fact, Sturgeon shut him down in just 10 words:

It appears Sturgeon isn’t taking any prisoners.

Indeed, the Scottish electorate voted 62% to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon and a People’s Vote

Sturgeon announced her support for a People’s Vote on The Andrew Marr Show on 7 October.

The first minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP spoke ahead of her party conference being held in Glasgow between 7 and 9 October.

Pressure group People’s Vote UK took to Twitter after the interview. It said the campaign for a vote on the final Brexit deal had “momentum”:

As reported by the BBC, Sturgeon claimed the UK was heading towards a “cobbled together” exit deal from the EU which would be “almost as unacceptable as no deal at all”. Any deal agreed between the UK and EU will go to a vote in Westminster. It will also need to be ratified by the other 27 EU member states.

Sturgeon said:

In those circumstances, sensible MPs of all parties should come together to look at the alternative…

No doubt calls for a second referendum would grow in those circumstances, and I’ve said before we wouldn’t stand in the way of a second referendum. I think SNP MPs would undoubtedly vote for that proposition.

The reaction

Sturgeon’s takedown of Pierce attracted a lot of reaction on Twitter, including some tongue-in-cheek digs.

One potential ‘Brexit refugee’ might want to move to Scotland:

But Mr Malky intervened and shared a handy diagram:

Another voter believed the SNP and other “Indy parties” will deliver independence for Scotland:

An English businessman said he wanted to move his business to Scotland if it remains in the EU:

And one voter said she’d joined the SNP after Sturgeon’s announcement:

An English Remain voter would back Scottish independence after moving to Scotland:

And one voter who was against Scottish independence in 2014 now backs the campaign:

So Sturgeon has enthused those who back Scotland remaining in the EU. She’s also given optimism to those who back a People’s Vote.

As for Pierce, it looks like the Scottish first minister has given him his heid tae play wi.

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