Scotland’s First Minister has confirmed her intention to announce a decision on the timing of a second independence referendum only when the situation regarding Brexit is clearer.
Nicola Sturgeon also revealed her party will “restart” the debate on independence within the next two weeks.
Speaking on the ITV programme Peston on Sunday, the SNP leader said: “Over the next couple of weeks we will I suppose restart a debate about why independence for Scotlannd is an opportunity and what those opportunities are.”
The First Minister also revealed that the long-awaited report from the Growth Commission will be published within the next few days, saying: “As you know we’ve had a growth commission looking at the economic opportunities of independence.
“Its report will be published in the coming days and I think that’s quite an important moment, because if you think about the last couple of years in the UK, it’s been very much a debate about how we cope with the damage of Brexit.
“What I think Scotland now has the opportunity to do is look at how we seize the opportunities that lie ahead, so a debate based very much on ambition and hope, not a debate that’s based on despair which is how the Brexit debate so often feels.”
Nicola Sturgeon also criticised the UK government’s stance on the so-called ‘Power Grab’ dispute, accusing Westminster of trying to ride a coach-and-horses through the the devolution settlement by seizing powers that are currently under the control of the Scottish parliament.
She said: “The current law says these powers should return to the Scottish parliament, and if we want to have UK wide frameworks – which would make sense in some areas – then we do that by agreement.
“What the UK government wants to do is centralise these powers at Westminster for up to seven years and have the ability to impose things on Scotland.”
The full interview can be seen below.
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