Sturgeon makes second independence vote her top priority
NICOLA Sturgeon will put the SNP’s push for a second independence referendum at the heart of her election campaign.
The First Minister said its message would be ‘clear, simple and unambiguous – vote SNP to demand independence and secure Scotland’s right to choose’.
The Nationalists are confident of picking up a string of seats from both Labour and the Conservatives. At present, they have 35 MPs – down from the 56 they won at the 2015 general election.
If Jeremy Corbyn fails to secure a Labour majority, it is likely he would be forced to ask the SNP for their support in propping up his government.
At the SNP conference earlier this month,
Miss Sturgeon was explicit that in the event of a hung parliament her party would make another referendum an automatic condition of SNP support.
She told Mr Corbyn: ‘If you don’t respect Scotland’s right to choose our own future at a time of our own choosing, don’t even bother picking up the phone.’
Miss Sturgeon has pledged to seek a Section 30 order – needed to hold a legally-binding referendum – before Christmas, with plans for a vote next year.
However, it is unlikely that this demand will now be made before the election.
Yesterday, she said: ‘The SNP is ready for an election.
‘We stand ready to take the fight to the Tories, to bring down this undemocratic government, and give Scotland the chance to escape from Brexit and decide our own
future. A win for the SNP will be an unequivocal and irresistible demand for Scotland’s right to choose our own future.’
Miss Sturgeon will front a pro-Independence rally in Glasgow at the weekend.
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford added: ‘We on these benches are simply not prepared to sit back and allow Scotland to be taken out of the European Union against its will. I welcome the opportunity of an election.’