Scottish independence: Nicola Sturgeon calls for patience over indyref2 – BBC News, BBC News
Media caption Nicola Sturgeon. : Independence referendum must be ‘legal and legitimate’
Scotland’s first minister has warned there are “no shortcuts” to indyref2 as she urged her party to patiently build the case for independence.
In a speech in Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon stressed that she still wants an independence referendum this year.
But she acknowledged that it now may not happen until after next year Scottish Parliament election.
And she again insisted that any referendum “must be legal and legitimate”.
Ms Sturgeon was addressing SNP drivers just hours before the UK leaves the EU at : , despite Scottish voters backing Remain by (% to) % in the EU referendum.
The first minister said that Brexit day was a “pivotal moment” for Scotland and the UK, with the “real and profound sadness” felt by many scots also tinged with anger.
She said the task now was to “make our case with passion but also with patience and respect” in order to persuade a majority of scots to back independence.
And she warned the independence movement that it must not allow a “sense of frustration” to “take us down dead ends or weaken our sense of purpose”.
What did Ms Sturgeon announce?
Ms Sturgeon used her speech to unveil plans to set up a new Constitutional Convention of MPs, MSPs, former MEPs and councillors, similar to the one that was set up ahead of the creation of the devolved Scottish Parliament in
She also said a series of papers would be published on how to set up an independent Scotland, with the SNP’s campaign budget being doubled to pay for new independence materials, local newspaper adverts and a new campaign film focused on undecided voters.
And she said the Electoral Commission would be asked to re-test the question from the last referendum in 2020 – “should Scotland be an independent country. “
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