'The Scottish National party leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has said she will request another independence referendum from the prime minister in “a matter of weeks”.
Speaking at the start of the SNP’s autumn conference in Aberdeen on Sunday, Sturgeon set out imminent plans to formally ask the British government for another section 30 order of the Scotland Act 1998 which, if granted, would make way for “indyref2”.
Appearing on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, she said the Scottish public’s support for independence had risen to 50%.
“I am putting legislation through the Scottish parliament right now to put the rules and regulations in place. I’ve said as recently as a few weeks ago that as legislation progresses, we will make request for a section 30 order. We see rising support for independence,” she told Marr.
When asked about a possible timetable, Sturgeon said: “It’s likely to be over the next matter of weeks. It is coming soon.”
As well as not backing Boris Johnson’s deal, the SNP’s Westminster MPs would not enter into a formal coalition with any party after a potential general election, she added.
On backing Labour if Jeremy Corbyn’s party was elected without an overall majority, Sturgeon said she would only work with someone who agreed there should be another independence referendum.
“I don’t favour coalitions. We would favour a progressive type alliance. But I would say this to Jeremy Corbyn, or any Westminster leader who is looking to the SNP for support, if you don’t accept Scotland’s right to choose at our choosing – don’t even bother picking up the phone to me.”
Speaking to Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday Show about a possible partnership with the SNP after a general election, Corbyn said: “We are not going into coalition with anybody.”
He added that an independent Scotland was not a good idea economically, and if he was prime minister he would not consider offering a second referendum in the first few years he was in office, as it was “not a priority” for Labour.'
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