COP26: Spotlight on Scotland as Nicola Sturgeon interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour

NICOLA Sturgeon has said another Scottish independence vote “absolutely” will go ahead in 2023.

Sturgeon was interviewed by CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour as the world headed down to Glasgow for the historic COP26 climate conference.

The US journalist asked the Prime Minister if another independence vote will take place in 2023.

Sturgeon replied, “Absolutely. That’s my plan.”

She added that it is “not legitimate” for the Tories to “stand in the way of democracy”.

Amanpour asked if FM would use the courts to get another independence vote.

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Sturgeon said: “If we all accept the basic principle of democracy, then the court will be completely academic. I will not go to court. This is about democracy.

“It’s about letting people in Scotland choose their own future when the time is right. That’s what I was fighting for an election earlier this year and won a historically high share of the vote on the back.

“So Boris Johnson is against independence – it’s completely legitimate. What’s not legitimate is that he stands in the way of democracy.”

Amanpour said the Prime Minister must be proud that Scotland is hosting COP26.

Sturgeon replied: “It is a great honor for Scotland to host such an important summit.

“Glasgow is also my hometown. So I feel a little personal pride in the city that I live in and represent in the Scottish Parliament.

“But I also feel a great sense of responsibility. I am not directly around the negotiating table. But as a leader, I want to help make this summit a success.

“I think success is in balance, it’s not guaranteed.

“It’s a huge job for what would make us do here over the next few days if we are not to fail the next generation.”

She urged world leaders to make sure “Glasgow does not fail” – repeating a similar sentiment from US President Joe Biden.

The CNN reporter then asked FM about Boris Johnson’s comments about the great danger to the planet if Glasgow fails.

The national:

Sturgeon replied, “I do not think he is wrong. But what I would say then is that let’s make sure Glasgow does not fail. What does success look like?

“Already, I think we have seen expectations lowered a bit, you know, a few months ago we could have hoped that Glasgow would deliver the tough commitments to actually set the concrete path to keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees, that is possibly unlikely.

“But we have to try to close the emissions gap and get out of this summit with a clear process and timetable to completely close the gap over the next few years. For this decade is critical if we do not see emissions start to reduce dramatic in 2030, then net zero in the middle of the century and 1.5 degrees begin to look unlikely.

“And the consequences of that are devastating.

“We also need to see an increase in the delivery of climate finance commitments because the developed world, which has done so much to cause climate change and benefited from it, or a huge commitment to developing countries to help them. with the necessary changes. ”

Sturgeon also criticized politicians for good talk about climate change, but not enough action.

“I’m really worried. So I hope there’s some underplaying of expectations now for overperforming over the summer.

“I’m not convinced that this is what’s actually happening. I think there’s a real gap between the rhetoric and the delivery.

The national:

“But crucial is to increase the scope of the short-term ambition to reduce emissions – emissions are still rising quite sharply globally.

“They need to reduce by about 45% by 2030, to keep that ambition at 1.5 alive. So that’s what we need to focus on now.

“If that hole is not completely closed by the end of these two weeks, then what happens then? That’s a big question.

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“Right now, countries are required to revise their nationally determined contributions every five years. It must definitely become a year, every other year, if we are to maintain a sense of momentum in the early part of this decade.”

Amanpour described Scotland’s climate goals as “ambitious”, but noted that Scotland had missed its latest goals.

Sturgeon said: “Firstly, the context here, Scotland has decarbonised faster than any G20 country in recent years. We are halfway to net zero, we have already reduced our emissions by 51.5%.

“So it’s further progress, faster progress than most other countries around the world. We have very far-reaching and new goals. And in the last few years we have missed them marginally.

The national:

“So 51.5% reduction compared to what should have been 55%. Then put it in some context. Therefore, we are also legally obliged to publish catch-up plans and outperform in the coming years.

“So marginally missing out on really ambitious goals is not ideal. I do not want to miss out on the goals. But it’s better than not being ambitious in the goals you set in the first place and not missing out on the context of fact Scotland has already decarbonised faster than most other countries in the world.

“On Cambo, you know, all countries have the really difficult problems for a country. For Scotland, oil and gas are so difficult, the issue is lots of – tens of thousands of – jobs dependent on it.

“We need to make a transition that does not leave people on the scrap heap. But we need to speed up the transition, we need to move away from fossil fuels faster and faster than we are expected to do.

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“And Cambo has a license. It’s been licensed for about 20 years. The question is, should it just get the green light to start drilling for new oil? My answer is no.

“It should not just be given the green light, it should only go on … it is not my decision. It is Boris Johnson’s decision. But it should only go on if it can pass the most stringent climate assessment.

“Now a lot of people would say it could not possibly do that. But right now the British government wants to let it go without making such an assessment itself. And I think that’s wrong.”

Amanpour suggested that Britain “literally runs against what we are trying to fight” in terms of action against climate change.

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