Scottish National Party offers to pay post-Brexit fees for European Union citizens

  • Scottish National Party offers to pay post-Brexit fees for European Union citizens

Scottish National Party offers to pay post-Brexit fees for European Union citizens

"I won't give any further consideration to the timing, until Brexit and the terms of Brexit become clearer, until we've got a clear line of sight about what all that means for Scotland", she told the BBC's Andrew Marr this morning.

Sturgeon said it was up to the SNP to "build that case" for independence, even though a 2014 vote was lost by a margin of 55% to 45% - and despite the SNP losing a third of its seats in the general election this June.

As for when she will push for another vote, the Scottish First Minister said: "I think we will have to have some clarity towards the end of next year because the exit point is March 2019 and Europe says, and I think Theresa May accepts this, there will be a period of ratification of whatever has been agreed".

She argued that the case for Scottish independence was getting stronger by the day as a result.

However "when the full impact of Brexit becomes apparent that's when the SNP thinks, because they assume Brexit will be a disaster and people will want to escape it, that's when they think their opportunity will arise again" for an independence referendum.

"People should have a right to look at the outcome" of the negotiations, Scottish first minister says.

Although independence was not on the agenda at the weekend conference, SNP members were closely watching events in the Spanish region of Catalonia, which last week held an independence vote marred by violence.

"But, of course I and the SNP will continue to make the case for Scotland becoming an independent country".

Nicola Sturgeon has insisted she still has a mandate to hold a second Scottish independence referendum before the next Holyrood election in 2021.

Nicola Sturgeon has offered to pay the residency fees for European Union citizens who now work in the Scottish public sector, in a bid to reinforce her government's anti-Brexit credentials.

Asked for her views on Catalonia's independence referendum and possible succession from Spain, Sturgeon said yesterday that Catalans "weren't left with any choice" but to hold an independence referendum, and that the European Union had let Catalans down by failing to condemn the "grotesque and unacceptable" violence of Spanish police during last week's ballot.

This year's SNP conference opens in Glasgow on Sunday afternoon with a speech from deputy first minister John Swinney against a background of mounting political and financial problems for Sturgeon's government.

The party also unanimously passed a motion urging Spain to "respect" the overwhelming pro-independence vote in the disputed Catalan referendum.