Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed she intends to hold a second independence referendum next year.
The First Minister told delegates at the SNP conference in Aberdeen today that she will “demand the transfer of power that puts the legality of a referendum beyond any doubt” through a section 30 order by the end of 2019.
The leader went on to declare there is “no doubt” the SNP is “winning the case for independence”,
She said: “Our job is not just to deliver a referendum. Our job is to deliver independence.”
Sturgeon went on to say the vote “must happen next year” and said the party was getting ready.
She stated: “By the new year, we will have completed our legislative preparations.
“We are already working to update the independence prospectus.
“And I can confirm today that before the end of this year, I will demand the transfer of power that puts the legality of a referendum beyond any doubt.
Sturgeon started her key note address to the conference with an attack on the “crude populism” of US President Donald Trump and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
She said: “What leaders like Boris Johnson and Donald Trump have in common is this – a belief that nothing should be allowed to stand in the way of their own self-interest.
“Not facts or evidence. Not the rule of law. Not democracy. In some cases, not even basic human rights.
“We oppose the politics of Johnson and Trump. But let us be clear today that we reject their methods too.
“Crude populism tramples on the rights of minorities and tears at the very fabric of our democracy.”