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Sturgeon to set out ‘vision’ for a second independence referendum | Politics News



Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is set to deliver her “vision for a second independence referendum”.

She will make a statement to the Scottish Parliament amidst calls that she lay down a road map towards another vote.

A spokesperson for Ms Sturgeon said her statement will be “detailed, substantive and inclusive in tone” and would “recognise that people have different views on Scotland’s constitutional future”.

He declined to say whether or not she would name a preferred date for ‘Indyref2’.

Ms Sturgeon is facing pressure from sections of the independence movement, inside and outside her SNP party, to capitalise on Brexit uncertainty and proceed immediately with plans for a referendum.

She has consistently delayed her strategy, citing ongoing doubts over Brexit.

Nicola Sturgeon has not been in contact with the Prime Minister in advance of her statement to MSPs this afternoon. The UK government has consistently refused to grant the legal power, a Section 30 order, to hold a second referendum.

Ms Sturgeon has delayed any announcement until now, citing doubts over Brexit
Ms Sturgeon has delayed any announcement until now, citing doubts over Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s official spokesman said: “You know the Prime Minister’s position on that and it has not changed. First and foremost, let’s wait to see what the First Minister says.”

Ms Sturgeon’s decision-making process on IndyRef2 is further complicated by opinion polls which don’t reflect sufficient support for another vote or independence itself.

Scotland’s First Minister called for a second referendum on independence following the UK’s Brexit vote in 2016, but put her plans on hold when the SNP lost 21 seats in the 2017 general election.

She has trailed an announcement of her Indyref2 plans for several months and will address the issue in the Holyrood parliament three days before her party’s spring conference.

Ahead of her half-hour statement, Ms Sturgeon’s opponents have criticised her use of parliamentary time to focus on independence.

Scottish Conservative interim leader Jackson Carlaw MSP said: “Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted to be judged on education, yet here we see her passing up the opportunity to talk about that very subject.

“Instead, she’s returning to her real priority, her plan for a divisive second referendum on independence.

“The only reason this statement is happening at all is because Nicola Sturgeon put a second independence referendum on the table following the EU vote and she has obsessed abut it ever since.”

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