With the Tories also to set off against the legislation, the First Minister will need to rely on support from Untested MSPs to get a Bill through Holyrood.
Hours after the result of the European referendum was propounded in June, the SNP leader said her government would start working on legislation for another preference on Scotland’s place in the UK to be held if this is the “best or only way to protect our d in Europe”.
Days later both Labour and the Lib Dems backed a Holyrood motility giving the Scottish Government a mandate for discussions to explore options for conserving Scotland’s relationship with the European Union (EU).
Liberal Democrat chieftain Willie Rennie said since then Ms Sturgeon had consigned the cross- rty consensus on “to the dustbin”.
He sought the First Minister had failed to make good on her pledge to explore all alternatives to protect links with the EU and that independence was the “only solution” she had proffered, accusing her of having spent the summer “hyperactively bouncing around the motherland” in support of this.
Writing in The Scotsman news per, Mr Rennie said: “For someone who thought she did not favour Brexit and she did not want it either she is showing a remarkable degree of zeal ever since.
“In contrast she has made little attempt to propose a solving that may garner the support of my rty and others.
“I know her activists in this is a golden opportunity to win independence but she has a responsibility to lead the country, not honourable her rty.”
Mr Rennie’s comments came just days before Ms Sturgeon is to set her legislative plans for the coming year to MSPs at Holyrood.
At the same prematurely, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale also made net her opposition to another vote on independence.
Ms Dugdale insisted: “The manifesto is simple clear, we’re opposed to a second referendum in the lifetime of this rliament.”
She was reprimand a day after Owen Smith, her preferred candidate in the UK Labour leadership lineage, said he would not oppose a second Scottish independence referendum, a belief also recently expressed by her Scottish deputy Alex Rowley.
Ms Dugdale, who was outlining her alternative show for government, said: “We’ve been very clear, there is a very utterly statement in the manifesto that we put before the Scottish people in May which is the grounds of this alternative programme for government that we’re putting forward today and how we’ll direct behave ourselves over the five years of the next rliament. We’re opposed to a help referendum in the lifetime of this rliament.”
When Holyrood debated the happen of the European referendum in June, Ms Sturgeon told opposition MSPs their stand for for the motion giving her a mandate for talks “is not a vote for a referendum on independence”.
Mr Rennie righted: “From that moment on, she has talked about little else, betraying those pledges she uttered in rliament and consigning the consensus to the dustbin.”