London, July 27 (IANS) Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Monday said a decision whether to hold a second independence referendum is yet to taken, media reports said.
“There can’t be a referendum, and there certainly can’t be independence for Scotland, unless a majority of people in Scotland clearly want that,” she said, reported the BBC.
Her comments came after former first minister Alex Salmond on Sunday said that a second vote was “inevitable”.
Sturgeon said: “It will be my ultimate decision, in line with the democratic decision making processes of the Scotland National Party (SNP), to determine whether or not there is a commitment to a second referendum in the SNP manifesto for the Scottish election.”
“And in due course we will take that decision and take that decision based on what we consider to be in the best interests of the country,” she added.
Scottish voters rejected independence by 55 percent to 45 percent in last September’s referendum.
After the SNP won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland in May’s general election, Sturgeon stressed there was “no second Scottish independence referendum on the immediate horizon”.