SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon calls for second independence referendum without delay
In a speech at Holyrood today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for a second Scottish independence referendum to commence “within this parliamentary term.”
One of the main reasons for this move is, according to Sturgeon, the desire to protect the Scottish people from the effects of Brexit.
She announced in the legislative chamber, "I can confirm that the Scottish government will act to ensure that [the Scottish people have] a choice on independence later in this term of parliament."
Sturgeon also declared that the legal framework under which this will be achieved will be laid out next month by Michael Russell, the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations.
She made it clear that she wants to see legislation to this end effected before 2020, a move that has been widely criticised from Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats.
Apart from the SNP, the only other party to commend this move was the Green party, which has urged the Scottish parliament to make this move as soon as the opportunity arises.
She met resistance on this occasion from the deputy leader of Scottish Conservatives, Jackson Carlaw. He told the chamber that Scotland was tired of debating constitutional questions.
Already there are early signs of social media activism from those who want to leave the union.