Why There Won’t Be An IndyRef2 Announcement at SNP Conference

Speaking last night at an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Europa Institute at Edinburgh University Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP leader and First Minister of Scotland, said it may be November or even December until she can give any update on her plans regarding a second Scottish independence referendum.

The First Minister was asked by an audience member if she would call for a second independence vote if the UK “crashes out with no deal”.

Ms. Sturgeon indicated that we need to wait to set out her thinking until such time when there is sufficient information on the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

She said “I will wait until we are at that phase of the negotiations before effectively sharing my view on what I think, what where we are at that stage means for Scotland and the question of an independence referendum. The end of this period of negotiation, I previously thought that would be October. It is now looking like that is more likely to be November, perhaps with a vote in the House of Commons in December. So I will take a judgement depending on where we get to, set out some views on where I think we’re heading if we don’t change course, and have more to say on that at that point.”

This news, I’m sure, will disappoint a lot of independence supporters who were hoping for some sort of announcement during Nicola’s keynote speech at the SNP conference on Tuesday.

The conference which runs from Sunday to Tuesday, at the SEC Centre in Glasgow, will see addresses from Lord Provost of Glasgow Eva Bolander, Humza Yousaf, Ian Blackford, Jeane Freeman, Keith Brown, John Swinney, Michael Russell, Derek Mackay and of course Nicola Sturgeon herself.

In addition conference will here 22 resolutions raised by delegates, full details of which can be found in the conference handbook and agenda. (Available here as a PDF).

You can watch the conference live on the SNP Youtube channel and the excellent Independence Live will have a team there to bring you interviews and reactions from delegates.

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