Nicola Sturgeon has revealed she could attempt to force David Cameron to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence…reports Asian Lite News.
Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has declared for the first time that she will spell out the conditions for what would trigger another referendum in her party’s 2016 election manifesto.
The SNP will reportedly include Britain being taken into an “illegal war” among the reasons why a snap referendum could be called – though the party declined to confirm the suggestion, says The Telgraph report.
It comes despite Ms Sturgeon saying last year’s referendum was a “once in a generation” moment and means a second vote could be held before 2021, reports The Telegraph.
Last September, Scotland voted to remain within the United Kingdom by 55 per cent to 45 per cent – a result which the Prime Minister called “decisive”.
However the result triggered a surge in support for the SNP, which led to the party taking 56 of Scotland’s 59 seats at the general election.
The party is now under pressure from the tens of thousands of new members to seek a mandate for a second independence referendum at the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2016.
“Our manifesto will set out what we think around the circumstances in which, and the possible timescales in which, a second referendum might be appropriate,” Ms Sturgeon told the Sunday Herald.
“It will then be down to people to accept whether they vote for that manifesto.”
The comments are a change in position from the election, when Ms Sturgeon repeatedly refused to say whether the promise of another referendum would be in their 2016 Holyrood manifesto.
The focus is now likely to be on exactly what circumstances the SNP would argue that Scotland deserves another say on its position in the UK.
So far the party has named just one situation which could trigger another referendum – if Britain votes to leave the European Union in the forthcoming referendum while Scotland votes to stay in.
The party will also say an “illegal war” would trigger another referendum, according to sources quoted in the Sunday Herald.
Mr Cameron has previously suggested he would not approve a second independence referendum, saying: “I think it is important that a referendum is legal and properly constituted and that is what we had, and it was decisive, so I do not see the need for another one.”
An SNP spokesperson told the Telegraph, “As the First Minister has made clear previously, the SNP manifesto for next year’s election will set out our position on a second independence referendum and consider in what circumstances such a referendum might be appropriate at some point in the future.
“However, the final decision on whether or not there is another referendum – and on whether or not Scotland ever becomes independent – will always be for the Scottish people.”