Scotland’s first minister
Nicola Sturgeon delivered her closing speech to an expectant SNP conference in Aberdeen.
“We must at all times argue our case with courtesy, understanding and respect” NicolaSturgeon tells #SNP17 Conference. pic.twitter.com/RS3BbGSajG— JOHN NICOLSON M.P. (MrJohnNicolson) March 18, 2017
As well as reaching out to those Scots who oppose a second independence referendum she sent a defiant message to British Prime Minister Theresa May:“To stand in defiance of that would be for the prime minister to shatter beyond repair any notion of the UK as a respectful partnership of equals. If her concern is timing then within reason I am happy to have that discussion. But let the prime minister be in no doubt, the will of our parliament must and will prevail.”
Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has joined the fray calling for a third way for Scotland.
Gordon Brown calls for ‘third way’ to stave off Scottish referendum https://t.co/bYmSSXYY4I— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) March 18, 2017
He propsed a federal system for the UK with Scotland taking control of fisheries, farming, welfare and taxation after Brexit:“It would mean we repatriated powers that will come from the European Union which sadly the government and the referendum has decided that we will exit, but repatriate these powers in the main not to Westminster or Whitehall, but repatriate these powers to Scotland, its parliament, Wales, its assembly, Northern Ireland, its assembly, and to the English regions.”
Inside Scottish Parliament Building, Holyrood. pic.twitter.com/46D7Ekvsom— Adam Lee (@Adam14701470) August 16, 2016
The Scottish parliament, Holyrood, is to vote next Wednesday
on a second independence referendum.