SNP MP tells leader Nicola Sturgeon: Ditch the independence campaign till after Brexit

18 Jun

The latest interventions come after former justice secretary Kenny MacAskill said the SNP should “abandon” its current push for a further independence referendum as “neither the mood is there for it, nor the support in existence to win it”.

He said on Saturday that the campaign should be sidelined following the party’s performance in the General Election, which he said cannot be “ignored or explained away simply as unionist tactical voting”.

But Ian Blackford, the SNP’s new Westminster leader, insisted that independence was “not off the table” and Alyn Smith, an SNP MEP, argued the election result should not change her referendum strategy.

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