“The move would only harden support for the Scottish independence and increase the temper in the country and could really lead to civil unrest as we came to see in Catalonia… This would be political folly and Scotland would incur a lot of international sympathy for its case,” Wight told Press TV on Thursday.
Sturgeon is apparently anxious to avoid going down the route of the Catalan independence movement in Spain, which organized a referendum in October 2017 that was not recognized by Madrid.
Following what it called an “illegal” referendum, Spain cracked down on the Catalan independence movement by jailing or forcing into exile its leadership.
Sean O’Grady, former economics editor at the Independent from London, was the other panelist invited to The Debate program, who said the British government was firmly against the Scottish independence bid and that the SNP leader opposed a “unilateral declaration of independence” similar to that of the Catalans.
“The British government is unanimous in saying ‘no’… and Nicola Sturgeon very sensibly has ruled out the idea of going down the road the Catalans did in Spain, and other people in their territories around the world have done, which is unilateral declaration of independence, because she knows that the British government would not recognize it, it would be impossible to make it real and, of course, the United Nations and the European Union would not recognize it either, and in fact they might think it was pretty a poor move,” O’Grady said.