’Scotland must have ability to choose better future’: Sturgeon
“I have never doubted that Scotland will one day become an independent country and I believe it today more strongly than I ever have before,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told members of her pro-independence Scottish National Party on Sunday.She further pledged to “explore all options” to prevent Scotland being taken out of the European Union against its will following the UK’s decision to exit the bloc following this year’s referendum in which a majority of Scots cast ballots to remain.
The ruling SNP says it will present a bill for another referendum to the Scottish Parliament next week. It would be pursued if all other options to keep Scotland in the EU should fail.
A referendum in 2014 over Scottish independence was rejected, but the SNP may be banking on fallout over the Brexit decision for a renewed push to sway Scottish voters to seek a future within the EU even if it means breaking up the United Kingdom.
“We will propose new powers to help keep Scotland in the single market even if the UK leaves,” Sturgeon said on Sunday, the final day of the SNP conference in Glasgow.
“But if the Tory government rejects these efforts, if it insists on taking Scotland down a path that hurts our economy, costs jobs, lowers our living standards and damages our reputation as an open, welcoming, diverse country, then be in no doubt … Scotland must have the ability to choose a better future, and I will make sure that Scotland gets that chance.”
Sturgeon acknowledged, however, that independence would “bring its own challenges.”