Humza Yousaf has been urged to focus squarely on the priorities of the people of Scotland when he launches his Programme for Government this week.
The First Minister will set out the SNP-Green government’s plans for the year ahead on Tuesday.
Scotland in Union, the country’s largest pro-UK campaign group, said he must resist the temptation to talk about independence or another referendum.
Instead, he should prioritise key issues like the NHS, education, energy and addressing the cost-of-living crisis.
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“It’s imperative the Scottish Government makes clear that it will spend the year focusing solely on what really matters to people.
“That means uninterrupted focus on our NHS, education and supporting people through the cost-of-living crisis.
“These areas have never needed the undivided attention of government so desperately.
“The majority of people simply do not want to see a First Minister stand up and spend his time talking about independence or another divisive referendum.
“That means no more government-funded papers on separation, no save-the-dates for fanciful referendums, and an end to the typical grievance agenda we see from this SNP-Green coalition.”