Wednesday 28 September 2016

Sturgeon kicks off campaign for new independence poll

Joe Watts

Published 03/09/2016 | 02:30

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a new survey on independence, saying the Brexit vote had changed the conditions that existed when Scotland voted against secession in 2014. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a new survey on independence, saying the Brexit vote had changed the conditions that existed when Scotland voted against secession in 2014. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon has said Scotland needs a new conversation about independence. The Scottish first minister said she would trigger the "biggest ever political listening exercise" to convince voters that a second referendum is needed.

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This would include a new website to gauge opinion, town hall meetings and a "growth commission" to work out how Scotland can remain financially viable on its own.

Ms Sturgeon, who knows she cannot afford to lose a second referendum, said recent polls had shown increased backing for leaving the UK.

She added: "I suspect support for independence will be even higher if it becomes clear it is the best or only way to protect our interests."

Ms Sturgeon was to say in Stirling that "seismic changes" following the UK's decision to leave the EU would have a "deep impact" on Scotland.

Her speech comes nearly two years on from the September 2014 referendum, which saw Scots vote by 55pc to 45pc in favour of remaining in the UK.

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