Sturgeon rallies troops for new independence push
NICOLA Sturgeon sent her party away from its conference with a message that it can and will persuade a majority of Scots to vote for independence.
In her closing speech she said the goal was within their grasp
The First Minister set up her supporters for a possible announcement later in the year after the Brexit negotiations had reached a climax.
She said that over the summer the Growth Commission report would be debated and it would form the basis of a renewed bid to persuade Scots to back independence.
She said the party was waiting for the “fog” of Brexit to clear.
Ms Sturgeon said: “The case for independence is strong.
“And it is getting stronger by the day.”
As some independence supporters clamour for another referendum in the autumn of this year and tens of thousands march on streets across Scotland Ms Sturgeon urged patience.
She said: “So as we wait for the fog of Brexit to clear, our opportunity – indeed, our responsibility – is this.
“Not just to focus on the ‘when’ of independence. But to use our energy and passion to persuade those who still ask ‘why?’
“Right now, that is the more important task. And, if we do that, let me tell you this.
“I am more certain than ever before that persuading a majority of our fellow citizens that Scotland should be an independent country is well within our grasp.”
Later in a TV interview, on the BBC she said: “Let’s stop obsessing all the time about when we might get the chance to vote on independence again.
“Instead, let’s engage people in the substantive arguments. Let’s address people who still ask the question why should Scotland be independent.”
In the speech she also took a swipe at the Tories at Westminster and at Holyrood.
She said Ruth Davidson was showing “new levels of hypocrisy” over the UK wanting to take powers from Holyrood after Brexit.
She slammed Theresa May’s Government which she said was a “shambles”. and branded Boris Johnson as an “embarrassing liability”
She said: “Now we have a Foreign Secretary who says the country is heading for meltdown – but don’t panic, it’ll all be worth it.
“Even among the Tories, there can rarely have been an individual so unfit for high office as Boris Johnson.”
Nicola Sturgeon at the SNP conference in Aberdeen