Alex Salmond calls for 'clarity' on route to second referendum
Alex Salmond has called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to provide “total clarity” on Scotland’s route to independence.
Sturgeon will address the Scottish Parliament tomorrow as she sets out further detail of how she intends to hold a referendum next year.
Speaking in advance of the statement, Salmond, now leader of Alba, said: “The first question on independence is not its desirability but it’s achievability. That’s why we now need total clarity from the First Minister on Scotland’s route to independence.”
Earlier this month, Sturgeon said she intends to hold a “lawful” referendum even without the support of the UK Government.
Ahead of the last referendum, a section 30 order was granted, allowing the Scottish Parliament to legislate for the vote.
Salmond said: “Ten years ago I established a route to independence through the Edinburgh Agreement and the mechanism of a section 30 from Westminster.
“If that is still the route then it needs to be affirmed and then spelt out how the Johnson government can be bent to the will of the Scottish people.
“If another route is to be pursued then we need it explained how this can be done within the promised timescale of a referendum in 2023.
“That ‘no ifs no buts’ commitment for October next year galvanised the Yes movement. We have to hear now how it is to be delivered and Scotland’s Claim of Right respected.”