A divisive second independence referendum could take place ‘as early as late 2021’, according to SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford MP.
Mr Blackford is reported on PA saying: “I want to see that referendum happen as quickly as is practically possible, I think it's in everybody's interest that that is the case.”
He added: "(Scottish Constitution Secretary Mike Russell MSP) has talked about a six-month period once the legislation is triggered which could be in June, so it could be the case we could face a referendum as early as late 2021."
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
“These are astonishingly reckless comments.
“While people are losing their lives and livelihoods, the entire focus should be on recovery from the pandemic.
“Unfortunately, it’s clear that Ian Blackford and the SNP are more interested in dividing the people of Scotland than bringing us together.”