The Guardian reports:
Nicola Sturgeon has abandoned her demands for a new independence referendum before the Brexit deal is signed, after her party lost a string of seats to pro-union parties in the general election.
Admitting she needed to “reset” her referendum strategy, the first minister told Holyrood she accepted there was no widespread support in Scotland for a second vote on independence before the UK leaves the EU.
Sturgeon said her priority now was to focus on getting the best Brexit deal possible, leaving the timescale for staging a new referendum deliberately vague. She implied she wanted to hold it before the next Holyrood election in 2021, adding that her party had a clear mandate to do so at some point.
This is a good thing. You need to see what happens with Brexit before Scotland can make a sensible decision on whether to stay in the UK.
If Scotland was not in the UK, then the 2017 election results would have been:
- Lib Dems
- DUP 10
- Sinn Fein 7
- Plaid Cymru 4
- Greens 1
A majority of 591 would be 296 so the Conservatives would be able to govern alone.