Scotland’s Sturgeon puts United Kingdom on independence warning

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Sturgeon insisted that her focus is now to guide Scotland through the coronavirus crisis.

The SNP leader is expected to say support for independence is now the "sustained and majority view".

Opposition parties say such a vote would be divisive, and the focus should be recovering from the Covid pandemic.

"Even away from coronavirus, in fact, then the handling of the Alex Salmon inquiry and her refusal to produce legal documents despite repeated votes in the Scottish Government asking for them".

The annual conference, which is being held virtually because of the pandemic, follows a decisive victory for the SNP in last December's general election in which it won 48 of the 59 available seats. I'm a life-long believer and campaigner and advocate for independence, but right now I'm also the first minister of Scotland.

Speaking to the BBC, she said: "I've not put a date on it yet".

"Independence is in clear sight - and with unity of objective, humility and hard work I have never been so certain that we will deliver it".

Nicola Sturgeon

The pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) leader said she anticipated a vote would take place "in the earlier part" of the next Scottish parliament, which begins next year.

Coree Brown Swan, a University of Edinburgh academic and a member of the Centre for Constitutional Change, said there was a 23 month gap between the Edinburgh Agreement, which allowed the 2014 referendum to take place, and the actual vote.

In a referendum held in 2014, the Scots rejected independence by 55 percent to 45 percent, which now still stands.

The current opposition the United Kingdom government holds towards a referendum is unsustainable, said Sturgeon.

The UK Government now has the power to grant an independence referendum or not and it insists it will block one whether the people of Scotland vote for one or not.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Friday said that she wants to hold a second independence referendum, according to The Times.

"My responsibility is to the health and wellbeing of the country and trying to steer it through a pandemic and I'm very focused on that".

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