Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to focus solely on tackling a “resurgent” coronavirus after kicking off 2021 with a flurry of activity promoting Scottish separation.
The Scottish Tories and Labour urged the First Minister to “give it a rest” on independence, with Scotland recording its second highest daily Covid case total.
Douglas Ross, the Scottish Conservative leader, accused her rolling out “manufactured grievances” instead of working on a “proper plan to distribute the vaccine.”
Ms Sturgeon is pushing to win an SNP majority in May’s Holyrood election, with her campaign expected to centre on holding another separation referendum.
As the Brexit transition period formally ended at 11pm on Hogmanay, the First Minister tweeted that the EU should “keep a light on” for Scotland.
She said that Scotland will be “back soon” despite there being no indication of Boris Johnson dropping his opposition to another referendum, and Scotland not meeting key accession criteria for EU member states.
Ms Sturgeon attached a picture of the words “Europe” and “Scotland” attached by a love heart, which was previously projected onto the side of the EU Commission building in Brussels by activists.