Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon is to issue her new plans for independence within days after Boris Johnson refused another referendum.
Sturgeon the SNP leader wrote to the British prime minister after the general election saying there is a “democratic case” for a fresh vote on the constitution.
A spokesman for the first minister said, “The FM will seek to update before the end of the month, as she indicated.”
The spokesman said ministers were still “committed” in holding a referendum this year, and this position was “endorsed” by voters during the 2019 general election, when the SNP won 47 of the 59 seats up for grabs in Scotland.
The spokesman added, “It will be an update following the prime minister’s reply to the first minister, which was delivered this time last week.
“It will be an update from our side on how we intend to move things forward in light of that reply.”
However, the former Scottish justice secretary and East Lothian MP, Kenny MacAskilll doubts the ballots will happen this year.
MacAskill said the likelihood of this in the short-term is “slim” and “more likely nil.”