Sturgeon raises the question about the independence of Scotland again

Sturgeon raises the question about the independence of Scotland again Nicola Sturgeon has said the time has come for Scotland to have a new conversation about independence, Independent reported Friday.

Speaking in the city of Stirling, the Scottish First Minister said she would trigger the "biggest ever political listening exercise" to convince voters a second referendum is needed.

This “exercise” will contain of a new website to gauge opinion, a string of town hall meetings and a “growth commission” to work out how Scotland can remain financially viable on its own and consider key issues like currency.

All this work will be done because of the need to be certain of a win before demanding a new vote.

Sturgeon said recent polls had shown increased backing for leaving the UK and added: "I suspect support for independence will be even higher if it becomes clear it is the best or only way to protect our interests."

Nearly two years ago on the September 2014 referendum Scots voted by 55% to 45% in favor of remaining in the UK. But after UK June vote to leave the EU the situation is changing.

"The UK that Scotland voted to stay part of has changed and so too have the arguments for and against independence," Sturgeon said.

"But there are two truths that we must never forget. First, Scotland will only become independent when a majority of people choose it. There are no shortcuts - we still have to make the case and win the argument. And second, important though the issue of EU membership is, the case for independence is about more than that," she added.

Sturgeon wanted to understand in detail how people feel about Europe, Brexit and independence and that the "wealth of information and insight" gathered would inform the next stage of the SNP's campaign.
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