Nicola Sturgeon is to launch her bid to remove Scotland from the Union and seek an independence referendum on Tuesday.
Scotland’s First Minister said the UK is in a “mess” and on Tuesday she will unveil her first list of independence papers.
Sturgeon claims this will “point the way to a wealthier, fairer and more resilient nation,” and she will “set out openly the challenges a newly independent Scotland would face.”
Sturgeon will admit that “having the full powers of independence does not guarantee a better future” for Scotland however, it is “striking just how successful” other countries are who are similar to Scotland.
The SNP leader said such nations, “can help point the way to a new Scotland that is wealthier and fairer, more resilient and better placed to help people with issues such as the cost of living crisis than a UK government committed to a hard Brexit whatever the cost.”
Sturgeon told BBC Scotland, “Nobody right now can look at the UK, the mess it’s in currently and the prospects for the UK outside of the European Union surely, and conclude anything but that Scotland can do better as an independent country.
“In fact, had we known in 2014 everything we know now about the path the UK would have taken in the years since then, I’ve got no doubt Scotland would have voted yes [to independence] back then.”
She added, “The Building a New Scotland series will set out openly the challenges a newly independent Scotland would face, how they could be overcome as well as the opportunities that come with independence – as demonstrated by the success of comparable independent nations as well as our own resources and talents.”
Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman Donald Cameron warned that Scotland’s First Minister is “recklessly pressing ahead with her obsession anyway.”
Cameron said, “Nicola Sturgeon is wilfully ignoring Scotland’s priorities to push ahead with plans for a second divisive independence referendum in 2023.
“The vast majority of Scottish people don’t want the distraction of another referendum next year.
“They want the government 100% focused on our recovery from the pandemic, the global cost-of-living crisis, supporting our NHS and protecting jobs.
“Yet Nicola Sturgeon is recklessly pressing ahead with her obsession anyway. This is nothing short of shameful when the country is facing so many momentous challenges.”
The Scottish Conservative constitution spokesman added, “The distraction and disruption of another bitter referendum debate is the last thing Scotland needs right now.”