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Rattled Nicola Sturgeon denounces ‘outrageous’ move to block gender identity rules

The rattled Nicola Sturgeon denounced Westminster’s “outrageous” move to block her gender identity rules today, as she was accused of using the feud to further her separatist ambitions.

The SNP leader used a BBC interview to complain that ministers had not given ‘compelling’ reasons to block the controversial Holyrood bill.

She also denied rumors that she is about to step down after nearly nine years in office and recent setbacks.

The comments came as former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption said the SNP were trying to ‘provoke constitutional wrangles, which they hope will boost support for independence’.

He accused the Scottish government of ‘frothing and fury’ over the issue as he warned that any legal challenge to Westminster’s use of Section 35 powers to stop the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill would fail unless Scottish ministers ‘ serious legal and practical problems’. problems in legislation.

Nicola Sturgeon slammed Westminster’s ‘outrageous’ move to block her gender identity rules today, as she was accused of using the feud to further her separatist ambitions

Protests against the gender identity bill outside the Scottish Parliament earlier this month

Protests against the gender identity bill outside the Scottish Parliament earlier this month

Protests against the gender identity bill outside the Scottish Parliament earlier this month

Polls for the Scottish Mail on Sunday highlighted the social divide over the SNP’s gender proposals.

The legislation would lower the age limit for changing gender from 18 to 16, remove the need for a medical diagnosis and reduce the time a person must live in their ‘acquired’ gender to three months before applying for a formal change.

But the Deltapoll survey found that more than three-quarters of Britons believe the minimum age should be 18 or above.

Of those who said people should have the right to change their sex, a majority – 58 percent – thought an official medical diagnosis should be necessary.

Appearing on Sunday on the Laura Kuenssberg programme, Ms Sturgeon accepted that legal opinion is ‘divided’ but insisted it is wrong to say the bill has implications for equality law in the UK.

The Prime Minister said: ‘I have not heard a single argument about the impact on the Equality Act that I find convincing or compelling in any way because the law does not change the legal effect of a gender recognition certificate.’

She defended the bill to lower the age at which a trans person can obtain a certificate from 18 to 16 years. ‘.

She also dismissed concerns from some women’s rights groups who fear the changes could help men access women-only spaces.

Ms. Sturgeon said, “You don’t need to show your birth certificate to access female-only areas. So this bill doesn’t give a rapacious man more opportunities to abuse women than the rapacious man already has.”

She said differences in policy between Holyrood and Westminster had only arisen because ministers in London abandoned plans to reform gender recognition.

Ms Sturgeon said: ‘When we first put forward this proposal the UK Government had exactly the same plans, under Theresa May the UK Government intended to do exactly the same.’

But she said that by blocking the bill – which was passed by Holyrood in December – Scottish Secretary Alister Jack was “exercising a kind of general-like power to block a democratic decision”.

She lashed out at the UK government, adding: “They have not raised these concerns directly with us during the process of this Bill, they are waiting until after Parliament has passed it and they are not exercising anything to take it to court. bring, but a right of veto. It’s outrageous.’

She claimed the UK government’s decision had “nothing to do with concerns about the Equality Act”, accusing Conservative politicians of “starting a culture war” over the issue “because somehow they think that fits well with their base before a general election’.

She also said the move was part of “a pattern of undermining and delegitimizing” the Tory government in London.

However, Lord Sumption said that ‘to suggest that the UK government’s veto power is an attack on Scottish democracy is absurd’.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, he said: ‘If the bill becomes law, some British citizens in different parts of the UK will have a different legal gender depending on where they are.

“This poses serious legal and practical problems for employers and government authorities operating across the UK.

“They will have to discriminate against transgender people in Scotland and the rest of the UK in terms of equal pay, gender discrimination, taxation, benefits and pensions, all of which are subject to UK legal regimes.”

He insisted that ‘these are strong points’ which, if left unanswered by Scottish ministers, could cause any judicial review of the use of Article 35 to fail.

The former lawyer added: ‘For some years now, Scottish ministers have been promoting bills in Edinburgh designed to throw grit into the workings of the union in the few areas where there is room for disagreement.

“The strategy is to nibble on the things reserved for Westminster to provoke constitutional squabbles, which they hope will boost support for independence.”

Ms Sturgeon said she is ‘not nearly’ ready to step down as Scotland’s first minister – adding that she still hopes to lead the country towards independence.

The SNP leader has been in office since November 2014, with her predecessor Alex Salmond stepping down after the Scots voted to remain in the UK in September that year.

Mrs. Sturgeon insisted she had “enough in the tank.”

Her comments came after New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern resigned in dramatic fashion this week, explaining she no longer had “enough in the tank” to fill the demanding role.

Ms Sturgeon said of Ms Ardern, “If I ever get to the point she’s clearly reached, where I just don’t think I can generally give the job everything it deserves, I hope I have the same courage that she has had in saying ‘Okay, this is about to go’.

“But for the avoidance of doubt, I don’t feel anywhere near that right now, anywhere near.”

Ms Sturgeon also told the program she “would like to think” she will be the leader to take Scotland out of the UK.

Trans rights protesters gathered outside UK government offices in Edinburgh last week

Trans rights protesters gathered outside UK government offices in Edinburgh last week

Trans rights protesters gathered outside UK government offices in Edinburgh last week

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