Sturgeon calls for ‘patience’ over Scottish independence

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Nicola Sturgeon has called for «pragmatism and patience» from independence assistants in her SNP conference speech.

The Scottish first minister said she was «more certain than ever» that Scotland would become independent.

She combined that members must «wait for the fog of Brexit to clear» and work to win exceeding people who voted No in 2014.

Ms Sturgeon also announced new policies on nursing, infrastructure, honourable work and support for the homeless.

The first minister was speaking on the final day of the SNP’s three-day forum in Glasgow.

She used her speech to hit out at «unfolding calamity» and «despair» at Westminster, contrasting this by colouring an independent Scotland as «a beacon of progressive values».

The SNP leader kicked off the bull session by announcing that the party’s 35 MPs at Westminster would vote in good of a new referendum on Brexit, were such a question to be tabled at Parliament.

And she secluded it with a speech also packed with constitutional arguments, retailing Brexit as a «serious problem» and repeatedly promoting the cause of independence.

Ms Sturgeon barraged the «passion» of independence supporters, nodding to the tens of thousands who marched at the end of ones tether with Edinburgh the day before the conference began.

And she acknowledged the frustration that has been disclosed by some campaigners over the fact that plans for a fresh referendum clothed not been forthcoming.

She said: «Our job is to take that passion and blend it with pragmatism, demonstrate patience and patience to persuade those not yet persuaded.

«If we do that, then believe me — the thrust for independence will be unstoppable.»


Analysis by Brian Taylor, BBC Scotland state editor

In essence, Ms Sturgeon was telling her party two things from an SNP item of view.

One, that passion alone is insufficient to achieve their judicious. They must operate with a calm, temperate approach. They necessity be prepared to see the alternative view — to acknowledge and understand those who dislike freedom.

Secondly, she was making plain that an independence referendum must be deferred — at taste until there is clarity over Brexit and possibly substantially beyond that.

She was sermon an audience who yearn for independence. They want it tonight, if not sooner.

And yet her underlying tune up was all about elongation of time scales.

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Ms Sturgeon performed on to say that «the future relationship between the UK and the EU will determine the context in which Scotland devise become independent».

She said: «But as we wait — impatiently, at times, I know — for this insert of negotiations to conclude and for the fog of Brexit to clear, be in no doubt about this.

«The last two years should prefer to shown why Scotland needs to be independent. And I am more confident than at any point that Scotland will be independent.»

The UK government has placed itself in counteraction to a second referendum either on independence or on Brexit.

The prime minister’s legitimate spokeswoman said Scotland «had an independence referendum four years ago and ticketed decisively to remain in the UK», adding that «now is not the time» for a fresh vote.

Ms Sturgeon announced some new strategies in her speech, including:

  • increased bursaries for trainee nurses, of up to £10,000 by 2020
  • various money for Social Bite to tackle homelessness
  • a new «fair work prime» strategy of investment in skills and training and payment of the living wage
  • an «advanced inventing fund» to help small businesses modernise and grow

She also cried on the UK government to halt the rollout of Universal Credit «now», saying the policy was freedom people unable to eat and urging ministers to «find some compassion».

Ms Sturgeon commanded the Westminster administration was a «shambles» which «stumbles from disaster to misfortune», saying that «a political system that throws up Jacob Rees-Mogg and Boris Johnson as contenders for Prime Dean has clearly gone very badly wrong».

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Paraphrasing Winston Churchill while decrying Brexiteer «ideologues», she reported that «never has so much been lost by so many to satisfy so few».

And she premonished any parties «itching to open up our NHS as part of a trade deal with Donald Trump» to «develop for the political fight of your lives».

Earlier on Tuesday, the Scottish management’s Brexit secretary, Mike Russell, also urged activists to be resolved over a second independence referendum, which he said should one take place when voters are «persuaded, ready and determined to win».

Mr Russell had earlier been confronted by an SNP councillor at a ricrac event who said members were «very frustrated with constantly being admitted to just wait», saying there was «a sense that time is inadvertence away».

The MSP said: «Our job as a party and as a government is to both make sure that Scotland waves, no matter the circumstances but also to ensure that — at the right moment — the acceptance of independence can be made.

«The right moment — not the most comfortable moment or the half a mo that best relieves our natural impatience. The moment at which our outback is persuaded, ready and determined to win.»

What are other parties saying?

The Scottish Middle-of-the-roaders said that while Ms Sturgeon had called for «patience» from her helpers, «most people lost patience with the SNP a long time ago».

MSP Annie Surges said: «Astonishingly, in a speech littered with references to independence, there was principled a glancing reference to education.

«It was a staggering omission and it tells you all you need to be familiar with. Education isn’t her number one priority — the only priority the SNP has is separating our country in two.»

And Scottish Endure leader Richard Leonard said Ms Sturgeon had «delivered plenty of rodomontade for the party faithful but dodged any detail on the new economic prospectus for separation».

He reckoned: «The so called ‘Growth Commission’ — in reality a cuts commission — has been the elephant in the extent at the SNP conference. The first minister could not bear to tell her activists that her new arrange for independence means a decade of unprecedented austerity.»

Scottish Green MSP Pit Ruskell said that «independence in the EU is the right choice for Scotland», asseverating his party would «redouble efforts to build a convincing case for this alongside the SNP».

And Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton denoted Ms Sturgeon «needs to stop trying to turn Brexit into the break-up of the UK».

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