Scottish referendum revisited: Nicola Sturgeon claims David Cameron is "living on borrowed time" in his attempt to keep UK together

 
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This time last year, the SNP was describing Scottish referendum as a once in a generation vote. But one year on, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is throwing the door open once more.
In a speech to mark the anniversary of the independence referendum given this morning, Sturgeon said that the future decision of whether Scotland did break from the union depended "as much on what [David Cameron does] as on what we do.
"Right now, you are living on borrowed time," she added.
"If you continue to ignore Scotland's voice, if you continue to disrespect the choice we made in May, more people will conclude that Westminster simply cannot deliver for Scotland."
"So it is your choice Prime Minister, but know this - Scotland is watching."
She attacked the Conservatives for imposing austerity on working people and the disabled as well as “arrogantly pressing ahead” with plans to renew Trident.
Sturgeon insisted that it was down to the people to decide whether Scotland was independent, adding that the SNP's 2016 manifesto will set out the party's position on whether it should push for another poll.
"This is a judgement that we will make carefully,” she said. “It is a judgement that will be driven, not by the interests of the SNP, but by the interests of the people of Scotland as a whole.
“Only the people can decide if we will have another referendum. Only the people can decide when that will be."
Her broadside comes as Cameron told the SNP it was time to "move on" from the independence debate, saying the party should respect the outcome of the referendum last year, in which Scotland voted 55 per cent in favour of remaining part of the union.
The SNP went on to clear up at the General Election, winning 69 seats as Labour collapsed north of the border. Sturgeon said SNP's membership had risen from 26,000 in September 2014 to 112,000 in September 2015.
Polls suggest that there is still a broad level of support for Scotland to become independent, however they are very far from decisive.

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