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Sturgeon indy plans 'revealed in a few days'.

Byline: ANDY PHILIP Political Correspondent

NICOLA Sturgeon declared "change is needed" as she promised to reveal her views on a second independence referendum.

The First Minister is under pressure to set out her next steps but insists she has to wait until Brexit becomes clear "in the next few days".

The UK is just one week away from a potentially catastrophic exit from the EU with no deal.

INDY Sturgeon said: "On the issue of independence, the frustration people feel right now at our country - Scotland's future - being determined by the DUP and a cabal of right-wing Tories is understandable and I absolutely share it.

"I said I'd wait until the end of this phase of the Brexit negotiations before setting out my views on the way forward for Scotland.

"Having done so this long, I think it is reasonable to wait to see what clarity emerges in the next few days, even if I suspect that will just be clarity that there will be no clarity."

Sturgeon, at First Minister's Questions in Holyrood, added: "Then I will set out my views on the path forward. Nobody can be in any doubt that change is needed."

Even the "most ardent" Unionist will see the UK Government is broken, she claimed.

Sturgeon was responding to pro-independence Green Party leader Patrick Harvie, who said the SNP leader has been promising clarity since January.

Harvie said: "Scotland needs the freedom to take a different direction, leave behind this chaos and find a different way out of the crisis - it's why we need our independence."

Unionist figures warned another referendum would only add to chaos.

Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie wants a second EU referendum but opposes a second vote on Scottish independence.

He said: "The inconsistency is to believe that breaking up an economic partnership of 40 years will be chaotic but that breaking up one of 300 years will be a piece of cake."


FRUSTRATION Nicola Sturgeon

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Date:Mar 22, 2019
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