Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon delays plan for new independence vote

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon delays plan for new independence vote

After a weak performance by the Scottish National Party in the United Kingdom general election, Scotland will not forge ahead with plans to hold a second independence referendum, yet, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Scotlands devolved government has reportedly shelved its plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Brexit are clear.

"We will not seek to introduce the legislation for an independece referendum immediately".

Sturgeon said that she had been told "hundreds" of times through conversations since June's election that people were anxious about the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, and wanted a break from making big political decisions.

"At the end of this period of negotiation with the European Union - likely to be around next autumn - when the terms of Brexit will be clearer, we will come back to parliament to set out our judgment on the best way forward at that time, including our view on the precise timescale for offering people a choice over the country's future", she added.

She said she would look at the plan again in autumn 2018 when the outlines of the deal that Britain is to strike in the Brexit negotiations become clear.

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The June snap General Election was turned by unionist parties into a proxy-vote on the Scottish Government's decision to present the prospect of a fresh referendum on independence at the end of the Brexit process.

"If she wants to prove she has listened, the First Minister should trigger a vote in this chamber which would rule out another independence referendum in this parliamentary term", he said.

Nicola Sturgeon has abandoned her demands for a new independence referendum before the Brexit deal is signed, after her party suffered heavy defeats in the general election.

Following a bitterly fought campaign, Scotland voted by 55 percent against independence in a 2014 referendum.

And some figures from within her own party have urged Ms Sturgeon to change her strategy following the election, and to temporarily "park" her referendum timetable. "We have won not one, but two elections with that explicit commitment in our manifesto and the Scottish Parliament has endorsed that position".

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: "The First Minister is digging her heels in, putting her fingers in her ears and pressing on regardless. We have not done that yet but I have no doubt that we can", she continued.

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