First Minister – Bute House Press Conference

The manifesto on which the SNP were elected said ‘The Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum…….if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will’.

On the back of that, the First Minister has today set out a controlled and measured approach to protecting Scotland’s interests. The UK Government have been asked time and again to consider Scotland’s position and have been found wanting. Their lack of a coherent response to the Scottish Government’s proposals on Europe has exasperated the situation.

The First Minister is putting the interest of Scotland at the heart of her intentions as she does not want to see the country dragged out of Europe, against its will.

The timetable of approaching a second referendum provides the UK Government with ample opportunities to take the Scottish Government’s proposals seriously and find common ground.  If not, the First Minister will ask the people of Scotland, when the options are clear, to choose which path we follow.

We can’t drift along for two years just hoping for the best. The people of Scotland have to decide what sort of country they want to live in and their voice will be heard.

You can view the First Minister’s speech in full here: