Scottish National Party using Brexit to engineer breakaway from United Kingdom, claims May

Scottish National Party using Brexit to engineer breakaway from United Kingdom, claims May

Scottish National Party using Brexit to engineer breakaway from United Kingdom, claims May

They would be proving to Scotland that they were "getting on with the day job" to counter the charge their opponents make that they were obsessed only with the constitution. She said it would be a "democratic outrage" for the British government to stop the people of Scotland "having a choice over their future".

But talk of the constitution is the only subject on everyone's lips.

'I am determined that I will have one on my timescale because the will of the Scottish Parliament will be respected, ' Ms Sturgeon told BBC Scotland on Thursday.

Providing that the Scottish Parliament votes to endorse the Scottish Government's request for a section 30 order, it is likely that a formal request for a Section 30 Order will be made to the UK Government shortly afterwards.

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"We reject conclusively the timetable for a referendum set out by the Scottish government", she said. They did appear to leave the door open for a referendum after the United Kingdom has left the European Union, although they did not propose any timescale of their own and Secretary of State David Mundell said specifically that the Government would not be entering into "any discussions or negotiations" on the matter at this time.

Where does that leave the First Minister?

While she said she was considering all her options, in my interview the First Minister twice used the phrase "legal, consensual and agreed" referendum.

Sturgeon said: "You can go round and round and round in this circle if you want".

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Or it might be so "consultative" as to not have much impact. If the SNP or independence movement organise one itself, that would risk a mass boycott from no voters and a low turnout, undermining any claim to legitimacy. "We will put our proposition to the Scottish Parliament next week and then we will put our formal proposals to the United Kingdom government".

Sturgeon will introduce a motion into the Scottish Parliament next week to apply to the legislature in London for a referendum on independence. It would be illegal for the Scottish parliament or the Scottish government to call a referendum without authority from Westminster. "It is time for the First Minister to act responsibly over our future".

The SNP would refuse to nominate a successor and hope the Scottish Green party, which holds the balance of power at Holyrood, would refuse to support a ruling coalition involving Labour, the Tories or the Lib Dems able to take over. One message from the independence and European Union referendums was that people wanted more control over their lives.

In her closing address to the SNP's spring conference in Aberdeen, Ms Sturgeon will attempt to rally supporters and persuade Scots that her plans for a repeat of 2014's vote are both necessary and realistic.

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The battle - perhaps that should be a new battle - for Scottish public opinion has begun.

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