Humza Yousaf has rowed back on his controversial de facto referendum plan.
The First Minister previously said if the SNP won the “most” seats it would be sufficient to trigger break-up negotiations with Westminster.
However, his leader in Westminster – who co-signed the motion to party conference – later claimed it was in fact a majority of seats that would be required.
Now Mr Yousaf has said he is “keen” to look at amendments to the original motion.
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“This is another sign of panic from Humza Yousaf.
“The idea that, by winning the most seats, the SNP would be able to demand independence was ridiculous – as even politicians in his own party told him.
“It’s no surprise he now wants to water that down, but trying to make this election about the constitution simply won’t be accepted by the Scottish public.
“The best thing the SNP could do is to abandon these de facto plans altogether and focus on people’s real priorities.”