The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition)
Salmond laments lack of urgency in ranks of SNP for independence
Alex Salmond claims the SNP are showing a “lack of urgency” over Scottish independence.
The Alba Party leader said they were going to tackle the “constitutional debate” following the suspension of the election campaign in the wake of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Mr Salmond has made one of his first overt broadsides against his former party and more specifically his former deputy.
Nicola Sturgeon has previously said she hopes another referendum on independence would take place in the first half of the parliamentary term – which would be by the end of November 2023 – however she indicated last week that would not be the case if the country was still in the grip of a pandemic.
In a statement released yesterday, Mr Salmond said: “Nicola Sturgeon’s comments last week about an independence referendum in 2023 or later have caused total consternation in the national movement.
“It seems to be that Scotland will not be free until after 2023, more seriously it seems to indicate a lack of urgency on bringing the independence question to a decision.
“The reality is that Scottish independence is not an alternative to economic recovery from Covid, it is an essential part of building a new, different and better society.”