The SNP's Westminster leader, Ian Blackford MP, has told SNP Conference that the SNP has the mandate, majority and momentum for a second independence referendum.

In response, Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:

“The SNP promised us the independence referendum in 2014 was a once-in-a-generation contest, so there is no mandate for another divisive Scexit referendum.

“But if there ever is a second attempt to break up the world’s most successful union, Nicola Sturgeon has been clear that it can’t be achieved by winning a majority in an election.

“The SNP certainly doesn’t have momentum on its side. Support for remaining in the UK has risen to 59 per cent, with around half-a-million former Yes voters changing their minds.

“The forthcoming General Election should be about public services and policies, not about creating more division in society.

“The only way to save the pound, grow our economy and invest in public services is to remain in the UK.”

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