SNP rifts on independence: FM must rule out another independence referendum

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP has today called on the First Minister to listen to her own members and get back to the day job as former justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill suggested that Nicola Sturgeon should play down talk of independence to focus on improving core issues affecting Scotland.

Writing in The Times today, Kenny MacAskill said that party members have no appetite for rushing into another independence referendum. His intervention follows similar warnings against a rush towards a second independence referendum from SNP deputy leadership candidate Alyn Smith MEP.

Commenting, Mr Rennie said:

"The cracks in the SNP on independence are growing. The First Minister’s impulsive rush towards independence over the summer has now been criticised by a growing group of senior members including Tommy Sheppard, Alyn Smith and Joan McApline.

“Kenny MacAskill is trying to stall another referendum because he realises that issues such as health, education and policing are in complete disarray and the people of Scotland would rather those be fixed than have another divisive independence referendum.

“The First Minister's own members are now calling on her to get on with the day job of improving Scotland and she would do well to listen to those calls.”

"The SNP are all over the place on what to do which is why Nicola Sturgeon needs to bring an end to this damaging uncertainty and rule out another independence referendum."

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