Nicola Sturgeon has produced the second paper in the campaign for Scottish independence, with the SNP targeting a referendum date next year
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that independence is “essential” for the country given Britain’s eventual “right-wing swing”.
The SNP leader made the comments during the presentation of the second paper on Scottish independence entitled “Renewing Democracy through Independence”.
It comes after the party announced plans to seek a statutory referendum on October 19, 2023, although Westminster has so far refused to budge from its stance that it will not grant such a vote.
What did Nicola Sturgeon say about Indyref2?
Ms Sturgeon spoke to reporters at Bute House in Edinburgh.
She said: “Offering Scotland the choice of independence, particularly in the context we find ourselves in today, is vital.”
The First Minister has consistently said that the Scottish people gave her government a mandate to hold a second referendum on independence by repeatedly voting for SNP officials.
Meanwhile, she added that the current Conservative leadership contest has only further alienated Scotland in a political context, saying the country would vote for “none” of the candidates.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Neither of them seem to have anything to offer Scotland. It’s a denial of democracy.
“So I see they are not offering anything positive for Scotland at all.
“And this is the problem. Scotland faces another Prime Minister – the fourth in my tenure as First Minister – whom we did not vote for, would not vote for, and who will impose policies we do not support.”
The First Secretary warned that regardless of who is elected the new Conservative leader, this will mark a rightward shift in British politics, adding: “The change in Tory leader seems all but certain to be accompanied by a rightward shift .
“It represents an even greater departure from the mainstream of Scottish opinion and values.”
Will there be a legal referendum on Indyref2?
The SNP has already announced that the referendum will be held on October 19, 2023.
However, this will only happen if Westminster grants a valid vote.
In order to hold the vote, a Section 30 Order must be made to give Scotland the temporarily delegated powers to put the question to the Scottish people.
Westminster has so far not backed down from its stance that no vote should take place, with Boris Johnson rejecting Ms Sturgeon’s request in a final act before announcing his intention to step down as Tory leader and Prime Minister.
The decision to grant a legal vote has now been taken to the UK Supreme Court, with both sides arguing for either holding the referendum or rejecting the request.
Should the legal route fail, Ms Sturgeon said her party will still offer the Scottish people the option in the form of a “de facto” referendum.
She said: “While we hope and plan for a referendum, this should also be clear: if a referendum is blocked by Westminster, we will leave the choice to the Scottish people at the general election.
“Either way, Scotland will have a choice.”
Ms Sturgeon added that her party would support a snap election should one be called after the Tory leadership race, saying: “If that happens and I have no control over it, I will spell out exactly what the proposal is from.” the SNP becomes.
“You can absolutely assume that independence will be a priority here.”
What do the latest polls say about Scottish independence?
Recent polls show that Scotland remains somewhat divided on the idea of independence.
A panelbase poll for the Sunday Times showed the Yes campaign (for independence) to be a narrow leader, with 48% of respondents in favor of leaving the UK, while 47% wanted to stay.
The Yes campaign tends to see spikes in the polls during and after major political events such as the Brexit vote and general elections.
However, the election has not happened since Boris Johnson announced his resignation as Prime Minister.