PUBLISHED: 01:28, Sat, Oct 17, 2020 | UPDATED: 01:28, Sat, Oct 17, 2020
Ms Sturgeon wrote the article for Die Welt, a German broadsheet, in which she argued Scotland should be “an independent nation within the EU”. She argued the EU, unlike the UK, is a “partnership of equals” where “decisions require consent”.
However her words were furiously criticised by unionist politicians as inappropriate during an international pandemic.
Dean Lockhard, constitution spokesman for the Scottish Tories, commented: “In the middle of a global pandemic, Scottish people will be downright furious that Nicola Sturgeon thinks it's a good use of her time to shamelessly flog Scottish independence in Germany.
“This is a distraction when lives and livelihoods are on the line.
'We all, including the First Minister, need to be focused 100 per cent on managing this crisis.
“This is a distraction when lives and livelihoods are on the line" (Image: GETTY)
Nicola Sturgeon pictured in the Scottish Parliament (Image: GETTY)
“The last thing that Scotland needs right now is the division and uncertainty of another independence referendum.”
Scotland voted to remain part of the UK in 2014 by 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent.
Ahead of this poll Ms Sturgeon described it as a “once in lifetime opportunity”.
However just a few years later the SNP were already demanding a second referendum.
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Labour's Ian Murray criticised Sturgeon's article (Image: GETTY)
In her article Ms