Depute calls on independence supporters to ‘get ready’
NEW SNP depute leader Keith Brown has called on independence supporters to “get ready” for a second vote on Scotland’s future.
Mr Brown, who is the Economy Secretary in Nicola Sturgeon’s cabinet, said while it was not clear when another referendum could be held, members and those outside of the party had to be prepared for the contest.
He spoke after being announced as the SNP’s new depute leader at the start of the party’s Aberdeen conference.
Mr Brown, who was the frontrunner throughout the campaign, defeated grassroots activist Julie Hepburn and councillor Christopher McEleny.
The contest had been sparked when Angus Robertson resigned the post after losing his seat at the House of Commons in last year’s shock snap general election.
SNP leader, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, has promised to consider the timing of a possible second independence referendum this autumn, when more details about the UK’s Brexit deal are known – with Mr Brown saying the decision was in the “safest of hands”.
Sturgeon and Brown