Nicola Sturgeon opened this year’s SNP conference with a rallying cry for an independent Scotland. She told supporters that “independence is in clear sight” as she reasserted her aim of breaking up the UK. The Scottish First Minister boldly declared that Scotland is “now a nation on the cusp of making history”.
Ms Sturgeon stressed Scotland was ready to demonstrate its position on the world stage as an independent country and hopes a fresh vote will take place as early as next year.
She told her party's annual conference: "Since our last conference, we have won a landslide victory in a UK general election. And support for independence has risen.
"It has become the sustained and majority view in public opinion this year.
"While our primary focus is on tackling and beating COVID-19 - for which we have renewed hope - Scotland must be ready for what comes next. And I know we will be.
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Nicola Sturgeon reignited her bid for an independent Scotland during the SNP’s annual conference yesterday
"The question for all of us as we look ahead to the election next May is this: who should be taking the decisions that shape our futures?"
The First Minister continued: "Let us demonstrate – with cool heads and patient persuasion – that Scotland is ready to take its place in the global family of independent nations.
"Scotland is now a nation on the cusp of making history.
"Independence is in clear sight – and if we show unity of purpose, humility and hard work, I have never been so certain that we will deliver it.
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Ms Sturgeon stressed the people of Scotland had the right to choose their future, and concluded: “Let’s now focus all our efforts on making sure we bring about that better country they and future generations deserve.
“An independent future lies ahead - let's grasp it.”
But her party faces a major stumbling block in their bid to hold a second Scottish independence referendum, as Boris Johnson has so far refused to allow a vote to take place.
SNP MP Joanna Cherry has suggested the Prime Minister will repeatedly refuse to grant a second vote on the issue.
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Boris Johnson has so far refused to allow a vote to take place
She said: "What worries me is that if we are waiting on good will and largesse from Boris Johnson it could be a very long wait."
But Ms Sturgeon remains hopeful the UK Government will cave on the issue.
She believes the pressure on Mr Johnson will become “irresistible” if a pro-independence majority was returning after next year’s election.
Recent polls suggest there is support for Scottish independence north of the border.
An Ipsos MORI poll showed support for Scottish independence has risen to a record 58 percent
An Ipsos MORI poll showed support for Scottish independence has risen to a record 58 percent, compared to just 42 people who would vote to reject it if another referendum was held.
Ipsos MORI Chief Executive Ben Page said the poll “suggests Scotland may have shifted decisively in favour of leaving the UK.”
The pollsters quizzed 1,045 Scottish adults between October 2-9.
But YouGov’s latest survey suggests support for independence is slipping.
They found support for Scotland leaving the UK was at 51 percent, with 49 percent wanting the country to remain in the union.
YouGov surveyed 1,089 adults between November 6-10.