Nicola Sturgeon insisted support for independence “is rising” as she confirmed the SNP could unveil its plans for a new referendum within Weeks.
Speaking to the BBC on Sunday, the First Minister confirmed her Government will set out the timings for the introduction of legislation “within weeks.”
She said: “The preparatory work of that (holding a second referendum) is under way right now. We haven’t decided on the date we would seek to introduce the bill, we’ll decide that in the coming weeks.
“But what I have said and I’ll happily say again to you right now is my intention is to take the steps that will facilitate a referendum happening before the end of 2023.’’
Ms Sturgeon said: “Support for independence, I believe is rising. I think when Scotland comes to choose, we will choose independence, not just because of the current occupant in Number 10.