Nicola Sturgeon says 'why' of independence still more important than 'when'

Postado Junho 11, 2018

Asked specifically if a second referendum was possible before Brexit, she said: "Anything in life is possible".

The First Minister is committed to updating Scots about when she might seek to have such a vote later this year, when more details about Brexit are known.

"Scotland is a welcoming country - our prosperity and our public services depend on it".

"If Westminster can not or will not act in our best interests, it is time that our own parliament was able to do so".

But she pulled back from that after last year's snap general election, which saw the SNP lose 21 of the seats it had won in Westminster just two years before.

Sturgeon reiterated calls for the devolution of migration powers to end the UK Government's hostile environment policy towards migrants and refugees, and she focused her ire towards Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in particular, stating that he wasn't fit for office. Brexit has not been a catalyst for Scottish independence but it has not dampened separatist fervour either, polls find, meaning that Sturgeon has to continue to balance her political act carefully despite being the biggest single vote victor in Scottish politics.

The report examines the economic options for an independent Scotland, and proposes keeping the pound and embarking on a major deficit reduction programme in the first years after leaving the UK.

Pro-independence Catalan politician Clara Ponsati, who is fighting a legal battle against being extradited from Scotland to Spain, will speak directly before Ms Sturgeon. "This is not about giving the Scottish Parliament new powers or extra powers, it is simply about safeguarding the powers we already have", she said.

A new Building Scotland Fund, which for the next two years will cover the work the Scottish National Investment Bank will do once established.

Nicola Sturgeon on the Andrew Marr show
Nicola Sturgeon on the Andrew Marr show Credit PA

Prof Ponsati had been working as the director of the School of Economics and Finance at the University of St Andrews since January 2016, before being appointed as the Catalan government's education minister previous year.

What's happened at the conference so far?

"She is out of touch and leading a divided party".

After being announced as the victor, Mr Brown urged activists to "get ready" for a second independence referendum. Scotland voted to stay in the European Union but, because a majority of Britons as a whole voted in favor of Brexit, it will nevertheless leave.

And he told the conference that Scottish government was willing to compromise with the United Kingdom government over the EU Withdrawal Bill - but not at any price.

"I don't know where it takes us if they are prepared to rip up this convention", Ms Sturgeon said.

She told BBC Scotland the move would be "unprecedented" and would put the country into "uncharted" constitutional territory.

The spokesperson was keen to emphasise that the SNP leader was focused on governing Scotland, saying the speech was "jam packed with day job stuff".