In the spirit of “Cooperation”, Nicola Sturgeon will ask the UK Government to consent to a second Scottish independence vote.

To allow another referendum on Scottish independence, Scotland’s First Minister will tell SNP members today that “democracy must – and will – prevail.”

Ms Sturgeon, who is set to deliver the SNP conference’s closing speech soon before lunchtime, is likely to announce that she aims to pursue a second referendum through “cooperation rather than confrontation.”

Although the UK Government remains opposed to another referendum, with Cabinet  Office Minister Michael Gove making his position clear to the Daily Express today, the SNP leader has asked for another referendum by the end of 2023 when the  coronavirus pandemic is gone.

The Express states Nicola will say: “My approach to government and to politics will be, as far as possible, co-operation not confrontation.”

“So it is in that spirit of co-operation that I hope the Scottish and UK governments can reach agreement – as we did in 2014 – to allow the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland to be heard and respected.”

“The experience of the pandemic and the challenges we face as a result reinforces my view that this is the right approach.”

“But, this much is clear: democracy must – and will – prevail.”