SNP ‘ring-fence’ money for referendum planning this year

The SNP’s National Executive Committee have committed £600,000 towards supporting plans for another independence referendum during this financial year.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross says it is yet more evidence of the SNP’s priorities being firmly focussed on a reckless and divisive referendum as early as this year.

Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly refused to rule out a referendum as early as this year, while SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford has expressed his desire to hold a vote in 2021.

SNP Constitution Secretary Mike Russell has also talked up the prospect of a vote before Christmas and the SNP have pressed ahead with setting up an independence taskforce.

Douglas Ross says the agreement among the committee, which includes Nicola Sturgeon, shows the SNP’s desire to push for another referendum while the country is still dealing with the effects of the Covid pandemic.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “This clearly shows where the SNP’s priorities lie. As Scotland continues to fight the pandemic, they are focussed on pressing ahead with plans for a reckless referendum potentially as early as this year.

“Setting aside this vast sum of money to help preparations for another referendum shows their commitment to return Scotland to the politics of division all over again.

“We should be focussed on continuing the success of the vaccine programme and fighting to protect people’s jobs and livelihoods. Instead Nicola Sturgeon and other senior SNP figures repeatedly refuse to rule out holding an illegal referendum in 2021.

“Only a vote for the Scottish Conservatives in May can halt the SNP’s plans and have a Parliament fully focused on building up Scotland, rather trying to break it up.”

Notes: The commitment can be read here:

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