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Scotland’s Sturgeon says wouldn’t propose independence referendum immediately

Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Sturgeon campaigns in Edinburgh
Scotland’s First Minister and SNP leader Sturgeon campaigns in Edinburgh

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wouldn’t propose a referendum on Scottish independence immediately, as she wants to make sure the country is clear of the coronavirus pandemic first.

“I don’t believe we should propose a referendum right at this moment,” Sturgeon told BBC Radio.

“I’m a lifelong believer in independence, I want Scotland to be independent, but firstly we’ve got to steer the country through the crisis.”

Sturgeon’s party, the Scottish National Party, have pledged to hold a new referendum by the end of 2023 if they win a majority in an election on May 6.

(Reporting by Sarah Young and Kate Holton. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)

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