Scotland

Scotland's papers: 'No mandate' for Indyref and SAS claims

The publication of the Scottish government's referendum bill on independence dominates Friday's front pages. The Herald says Nicola Sturgeon will have to wait until Scotland is "half-way out of Europe" before holding a second independence referendum.

Independence supporters have expressed their "contempt" after Theresa May insisted Nicola Sturgeon had no mandate for a new plebiscite, according to The National.

The Scotsman writes that Ms Sturgeon and Theresa May were embroiled in a "furious row" after the first minister unveiled legislation for a second independence referendum before the UK leaves the EU.

The i paper says the UK prime minister has "rejected" a second referendum on Scottish independence after Nicola Sturgeon said Brexit posed an "unacceptable risk" to Scotland.

Meanwhile, the Daily Record writes that Theresa May has been branded the SNP's "biggest recruiting sergeant" for independence after rivals accused her of "undermining the very union she vowed to protect".

In other news, The Times Scotland claims that an SAS veteran who said his comrades were involved in the "mercy killings" of Iraqi soldiers, has been accused of lying and exaggerating his special forces exploits.

Scotland's nursing service is bracing itself for a "perfect storm", writes the Scottish Daily Express.

The Scottish Daily Mail pictures Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and says the singer has been granted a divorce after she blamed her second husband's 'unreasonable behaviour' for her dramatic weight loss.

On the same story, The Scottish Sun says the 33-year-old suffered "stress and weight loss" due to her marriage to Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini.

A serial con woman who claimed she had cancer has been ordered to start paying back her victim thousands of pounds before Christmas - or go to jail, reports the Press and Journal.

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