We will achieve independence only when a majority of our fellow citizens are persuaded that it offers the best future for our country. Our success will depend on the strength of our arguments and the clarity of our vision.
We believe that the Scottish Parliament should have the right to hold another referendum if there is clear and sustained evidence that independence has become the preferred option of a majority of the Scottish people – or if there is a significant and material change in the circumstances that prevailed in 2014, such as Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will.
We will undertake new work, starting this summer, to persuade a clear majority of the Scottish people that independence is the best future for our country.
Unionists everywhere may crow triumphantly: here is the first SNP manifesto, they say, to have no commitment to an independence referendum. Stringing along the poor, clueless 45ers, offering them meaningless promises in return of support, safe in the knowledge that they’ll never actually deliver the referendum they crave. It’s those poor, deluded cybernats I feel sorry for...