The SNP's Constitution Secretary Mike Russell MSP has said a divisive second independence referendum could be held next year.
He told the BBC Scotland Nine programme: “That could take place I’m quite sure before the end of next year.”
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“These are reckless and irresponsible comments from an SNP minister.
“We are in the midst of a devastating pandemic that is costing lives and it will take years for our NHS and economy to recover.
“The last referendum campaign paralysed politics, and to go through that again at this time would be devastating for Scotland.
“Rather than seek to divide Scotland like this, we have a brighter future as part of the UK.”
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