For Immediate Release
Friday 31st January 2020
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement today (Friday 31st January 2020) on the next steps for the campaign for Scottish independence.
She stated that she wanted a referendum to take place this year, however wanted to ensure that it would first be recognised as being fully legal. As part of that process, she confirmed that the question in the referendum would be sent to the Electoral Commission to go through their testing process.
In the meantime, she would continue to seek political agreement with Westminster on the holding of a referendum and increase campaigning for independence, targeting those still unconvinced by the arguments for independence.
However, she fell short of announcing a date when a referendum would take place.
Tommy Sheridan, Party Convener said: “At this critical stage in the campaign for Scottish independence, we hoped for more.
“Whilst concrete steps appear to be being taken, we are disappointed that a date for the referendum was not announced. We are also disappointed that she appears to intend to continue to go cap in hand to Westminster to try to gain their ‘permission’.
“The final opportunity is in April, to meet the conditions of the Referendum Act. If a date is not announced by then, then no referendum will take place this year. If this transpires, the independence movement will be left deflated, angry and disillusioned.
“It is all very well telling people to continue to be patient, but their patience is running out. After years of Tory austerity, with many more years to come, and with the Tories continually ignoring the will of the people of Scotland, many people simply cannot afford to wait.
“The SNP has a clear, democratic mandate to give the people of Scotland the opportunity to choose their own future. That opportunity must come sooner rather than later”.